What’s the Difference?
Our recent post on the differences between a dentist and an oral surgeon was no doubt enlightening, but it might also raise questions about different specialists you may meet or need at the Placerville Dental Group. So, for the next few weeks we will focus on other specialized fields in the dental industry that can benefit you. This week we’ll talk about periodontists.
What is a Periodontist?
Like the name suggests, a periodontist specializes in the periodontium, the tissues that surround and support the teeth. This includes not only gum tissue, but also the ligaments and other connectors to your teeth — even the maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) jawbones. Periodontists receive specific training and education on this part of the human anatomy, and all the things that affect it. A periodontist also has extensive knowledge of gum diseases, like gingivitis or periodontitis. As part of their specialized level of dentistry, they stay well informed on the latest treatment methods, medications and equipment for dealing with bacterial infections in the oral cavity and their side effects.
When It’s Time for a Periodontist
Your family dentist can treat gum disease with cleanings and medications, but when a patient is suffering from an advanced case of gum disease, a periodontist may be called into action. A periodontist confirms the type and severity of gum disease, but treatment may still be delegated to your general dentist. If the gum disease is in advanced stages, your periodontist may use their expert training to treat you personally.
In some unfortunate cases, gum disease leads to tooth loss. Thankfully, options like dental implants restore the functionality of your teeth, and your periodontist is deeply familiar with every stage of the installation procedure. They are specifically trained to monitor your dental implants and their progress, as well as to successfully troubleshoot and resolve any rare, unexpected issues that might develop.
Problems like gum disease are best prevented by a regular routine of brushing for two minutes, twice a day, supplemented with daily flossing. Nevertheless, the Placerville Dental Group makes sure to have a recommended periodontist available to help provide the best dental treatment possible. If you would like to know more about periodontistry, feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment here on our website.