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Why would I need a periodontist
Posted on 5/23/2022 by Dr. Michael Allard
A periodontist is an expert dentist specializing in gum disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. They also aid in managing indications of advanced gum disease, such as oral irritation and inflammation. Periodontists are frequently called in to handle more difficult periodontal situations, such as severe gum disease or a complicated medical history.
When I would need a periodontist
When you notice gums bleeding when brushing and flossing, it is the onset of periodontitis. Swollen, red, and sore gums are also signs of the condition. You may need to see a periodontist if you have bad breath, receding gums, or a sudden change in bite alignment. A general dentist may be able to treat and reverse some gum disorders. However, if you have advanced gum disease, a complicated case, or are at risk of tooth loss, your dentist will recommend you to a periodontist.
Inflammation is the first sign of gingivitis caused by plaque and tartar-forming bacteria. This irritation, if left untreated, can cause pockets to form around your teeth. This increases your chances of getting an infection, leading to tooth loss. A periodontist helps manage this condition by tooth scaling and planning and deep cleaning to remove tartar and debris from the gums and the pockets. When you experience painful chewing, it could result from the deepened sulcus pockets that loosen teeth and cause sensitivity.
Once your gums recede, it might be a call for concern to visit a periodontist. Receding gums can be caused by cleaning vigorously or buildup of tartar and bacteria that erode the gum tissue. A periodontist can help correct this condition for cosmetic and functional purposes and potentially lower the risk of future gum disorder or tooth and bone loss. A periodontist helps reverse and treat gum disorders through surgical and non-surgical methods depending on the situation. Patients need to visit a dentist regularly for checkups and follow-ups on their gum health.