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When to See a Periodontist

A periodontist specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating infections and diseases affecting the soft tissues surrounding teeth and the jawbone. With three additional years of training beyond regular dental school, periodontists are adept in advanced techniques crucial for managing periodontal disease and placing dental implants. Moreover, they excel in a wide array of cosmetic procedures aimed at maximizing smile aesthetics.

Periodontal disease initiates when plaque toxins assail the gingival tissue surrounding teeth, leading to bacterial infection and subsequent inflammation. As the infection progresses, it delves deeper into the tissue, causing gum recession and creating pockets between teeth. Without timely intervention, this can result in unstable teeth and tooth loss.

Seeking treatment from a periodontist may be prompted by referrals from general dentists or self-referral. Symptoms such as bleeding while eating or brushing, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, gum recession, and tissue gangrene warrant immediate attention. Furthermore, periodontal infections are closely linked to health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Diagnosis involves thorough examination of the gums, jawbone, and teeth condition, followed by tailored treatment options. Scaling and root planing are standard for mild to moderate periodontal disease, while advanced cases may necessitate surgical intervention or dental implants. Bone grafts may be recommended for severe bone loss to ensure implant stability.

If you have inquiries regarding periodontal disease, treatment, or dental implants, don’t hesitate to consult a periodontist.

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