Dentists who concentrate in the areas of the mouth specific to the gums and bone tissues that protect and support your teeth are called periodontists. Periodontists immerse themselves in an additional three or more years of in-depth graduate studies after dental school. Our periodontists are experts in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants to replace lost teeth.
Periodontal disease or periodontitis can be caused from dental plaque, which is a bacterial biofilm that accumulates around the teeth and gums and thrives if not removed daily with consistent oral hygiene care. Plaque can cause the body’s immune system to react with inflammation and can lead to infection that can destroy the bone supporting your teeth. Periodontal disease is concerning, especially as studies suggest a connection between periodontal disease and other diseases in the body like diabetes and heart disease.
When to see a Periodontist
– You notice that your gums are swollen, red, or bleeding when you brush or floss.
– Your teeth feel loose or shift in the mouth.
– Your gums pull away from your teeth, forming pockets of bacteria and oral debris, and making the teeth look longer.
– You have pain in your gums around a tooth, or tooth sensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks.
– You have chronic halitosis (bad breath).
– Your bite feels ”off,” and your teeth feel different when you bite, chew, speak, or brush them.
Do Not Delay
When it comes to periodontal disease, early detection and treatment is critical for the best possible outcome. Early treatment can be minimally invasive, least painful, and least costly for keeping your smile from further damage.
If you suspect you might have periodontal disease, we urge you to contact our office to schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation. If you have problems with your gums, our skilled periodontal team can help!