Periodontics is a dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum diseases.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. A dentist must receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. The dentist must be familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and also be trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Who Should See A Periodontist?
Many patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by the general dentist and dental hygienist. However, as more patients are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, coupled with research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy, periodontal treatment may necessitate an increased level of expertise by a trained specialist. Patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, will be best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist.
The clinician (periodontist, dentist, or dental hygienist) examines the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. They will also take a small measuring instrument called a periodontal probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets; this helps them assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
The clinicians in our office have many years experience in the recognition and treatment of periodontal disease. Call our office to schedule your complete evaluation.