Definition of a Periodontist and reasons why you might need oneIf you have Periodontal Disease, or challenges that your mouth is facing with receiving implants in Lawrenceville, GA, you might need a Periodontist.
What is a Periodontist
A periodontist is specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and the specialized placement of implants for people that may otherwise not be able to accept them.
They also provide scaling and root planing, removal of damaged root tissue, and many cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Most people think of a periodontist when they are confronted with periodontal or gum disease. More than half of the adults in the US over the age of 30 suffer to some extent of gum disease. Simple problems can often be addressed by a Dentist, however, with more serious symptoms a periodontist is often the best option.
Bleeding, swollen or receding gums, loose teeth, change in your bite, pain or discomfort within, around or underneath your gums are all indications of more serious problems. Periodontal disease has been linked to strokes, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases and people with a personal or family history of those conditions may also want to consult with a Periodontist.
While gum disease is one of the main concerns that a Periodontist treats, they are also specialists when it comes to placing dental implants. The additional schooling in the specialty is often the reason they are consulted and utilized for placement of multiple implants, placement of implants when the bone structure is limited, or placements that are close to the sinuses which may require sinus augmentation to create enough space for the implant.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing can combat bacterial toxins. By precision cleaning of the root surfaces, scaling and planing eliminate plaque and tartar that aren’t visible but can often cause sensitivity and pain.
Regeneration folds back gum tissue to eliminate bacteria. By performing regeneration surgery and eliminating the bacteria, it allows the body to regenerate bone as well as soft tissue.
Gingival Sculpting and Soft Tissue Grafting
Gingival sculpting is the elimination of extra tissue that helps expose more of the tooth or teeth and can help to even out the gumline.
Soft Tissue Grafting, on the other hand, takes tissue from other areas to cover exposed roots. Grafting can be used cosmetically, just to even out the gumline, or in some cases to help relieve sensitivity of the teeth.
It can be scary when you're referred to a specialist, but in the case of a periodontist, it’s often the opposite. The specialized procedures performed are for the good of your mouth, your smile, and your health.
Keeping gum disease at bay and under control is up to you as well. Always follow a good dental hygiene plan, curb the use of tobacco and alcohol, and if you have any problems, contact us at (770) 962-4322.