What Do Periodontists Do?
Posted on 11/21/2022 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
|Periodontists are general dentists who have undergone extra training to specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease and other related complications. Besides treating this inflammatory disease that affects the bone and gums supporting the teeth, a periodontist also installs dental implants. These are some areas where periodontists receive training in the three extra years after dental school.
Your family dentists may address less severe periodontal cases, but when the condition is more pronounced, they will likely refer you to a periodontist for specialized care. Even during implant placement procedures, general dentists are likely to refer their patients to a periodontist when the placement procedure is challenging.
In addition to addressing challenging implant and periodontal cases, periodontists offer various specialized services. These services include root planing, scaling, oral inflammation treatment, root surface debridement, and cosmetic procedures.
Why Might You Be Referred to a Periodontist?
If a general dentist refers you to a periodontist, they lack the unique skills, experience, and knowledge to provide the specific implant procedure or periodontal treatment you need. If you have periodontal disease, you are not alone, and consulting your dentist can help you get started on treatment as soon as possible.
A dentist is likely to recommend scheduling an appointment with a periodontist for more specialized treatment when you have moderate or severe gum disease. Some of the symptoms to look out for include: bleeding, receding and swollen gums, loose teeth, discomfort around the gums, and change in your oral function.
It is also essential to visit a periodontist if you have a family history of severe conditions like stroke, heart disease, respiratory conditions, cancer, or diabetes, among others. If this is the case, steer clear of vices like smoking to mitigate further damage and development of the condition. Reach out to a professional dental practitioner to maintain healthy gums and teeth.