Do you know what periodontists do and what they can do for you? They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease as well as dental implants.
Asking the right questions can determine how much you get out of an appointment, so we will address five questions to ask your periodontist. After going through each one, you will be much better prepared for your visit.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a fancy name for gum disease. It’s caused by the bacteria in plaque that builds up over time and infects the gum tissue. If left unattended, it can eventually wreak havoc on your smile and your oral health.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is characterized by swollen and bleeding gums. Gradually, the invading bacteria destroys the supportive tissue of your teeth.
Wide periodontal pockets appear, gums recede, and your teeth can become loose. Besides inflamed gums, you may also experience bad breath, bone loss, and sensitive teeth.
What is the treatment for gum disease?
Treatment will depend on what stage you’re at. If you regularly visit a dentist or periodontist, they will most likely identify the early stages.
Do I need to see a periodontist for dental implants?
You may think that regular dentists take care of dental implants, but periodontists have extensive training in permanent implants and how to restore teeth while dealing with receding gums and loss of bone volume. That’s why it is better to see a periodontist for dental implants.
Is it possible to fix my gummy smile?
A gummy smile is when it seems like you have more gums than teeth flashing for the world to see when you smile. With a gingivectomy, a periodontist can uncover more tooth surface from underneath the excessive gum tissue. He reshapes the gum tissue to let your teeth shine in a beautiful smile.
If you think you need to see a periodontist, you don’t have to feel lost when you walk in the door. These five questions to ask your periodontist will give you the basic information you need to make smart decisions about your oral health. Don’t be afraid to ask more questions to find out how to best take care of your mouth.
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