What does a periodontist do?
A periodontist is a specific kind of dentist who focuses on the structures supporting your teeth, including the gums, tissues, and bones. Periodontics specialists can diagnose, treat, and prevent certain gum diseases and other structural issues, saving your natural tooth structure or using implants when necessary. Our periodontists at Concerned Dental offer the full range of periodontal services, including periodontal surgery, crown lengthening, and periodontal maintenance.
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What services can a periodontist provide?
A periodontist is trained and experienced in providing all of the following treatments for periodontal disease:
- Periodontal maintenance
- Periodontal surgery
- Crown lengthening
- Flap surgery
- Scaling and root planing
- Antiseptic chips
- Oral antibiotics
- Enzyme suppressants
- Bone and tissue grafting
- Antimicrobial mouth rinses
The main goal of these treatment options is to help our patients control infections causing periodontal disease. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may suggest any number of possible treatments and services to get you back on the road to a healthy mouth. In addition to these services, we may also recommend adjusting certain lifestyle habits, like smoking or your oral hygiene.
Why should I visit a periodontist?
There are two main types of gum disease, known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Both of these conditions may warrant a visiting to our professional periodontists at Concerned Dental. Here are the main differences between these two types of gum disease:
This gum disease is a mild version of periodontal disease, which causes your gums to inflame, swell, and even bleed while brushing, flossing, or eating. Gingivitis can easily be treated by visiting your general dentist or periodontist at Concerned Dental.
Periodontal disease is a more serious form of gingivitis, often occurring when gingivitis goes untreated. It is generally characterized by excessive plaque buildup below the gumline, resulting in extreme gum infection and gum swelling. Often, extensive treatment, including periodontal surgery, by a professional periodontist is necessary to treat periodontal disease.
When should I visit a periodontist?
If you notice specific symptoms that point to periodontal disease, it’s important to see a specialist at Concerned Dental. Symptoms that may warrant a visit to one of our New York dental offices include the following:
- Swollen gums
- Red gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Spaces between your teeth at the gum line