What is a periodontist and how can she help your smile stay healthy? A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease as well as in the placement of dental implants. Oral inflammation is an area of expertise for a periodontist. In their extensive training beyond dental school, periodontists gain an immense body of knowledge and learn skills to keep their patients’ smiles healthy and beautiful. Periodontists keep up to date on the techniques for diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontists are also trained to perform cosmetic periodontal procedures.
What Kinds of Cases Do Periodontists See?
In addition to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease at early stages, periodontists also often treat more advanced or problematic cases of periodontal disease, ones in which patients have a complicated medical history or severe periodontal disease. The kinds of treatments a periodontist can perform include scaling, root planing, or root surface debridement. Periodontists can perform surgical procedures to treat patients with severe gum disease. Periodontists are also trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
What will my visit with a periodontist be like?
When you visit a periodontist for the first time, she may review your complete medical and dental history. Knowing if the patient has any conditions, is taking medications, and other medical and dental related facts is essential for the success of the treatment. Certain conditions may affect periodontal care such as diabetes, heart disease, or pregnancy.
Your periodontist will examine your gums, check for recession at the gumline, evaluate how the teeth fit together when biting down, and assess for any loose teeth. The periodontist will also use a probe to place between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of periodontal pockets (the spaces between the teeth and gums). This helps the periodontist get a good idea of the health of the patient’s gums. The periodontist may also take X-rays to help her understanding of the health of the bone below the gumline.
Should you see a periodontist?
When your needs cannot be met by a general dentist, you should see a periodontist. If you believe you’re showing signs of periodontal disease or are interested in the prevention of periodontal disease before it becomes an issue, seeing a periodontist will be beneficial to you. Research suggests relationships between periodontal disease and other chronic aging diseases. To learn more or to set up a consultation, contact us at 1-800-NEW-LOOK or use the contact form below.
Meet Our Periodontist
Our periodontist, Dr. Lindsey Pikos Rosati practices a full range of periodontal services. To learn more about Dr. Pikos Rosati and to see our list of periodontal service, visit our periodontal services page.
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