A periodontist is a specialist in the treatment of gum tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. “Peri-“ means around and “odont” means tooth. Periodontal means having to do with the tissues around your teeth and periodontitis means infection of the tissues around your teeth.
Seeing a periodontist is key if you have health factors that put you at higher risk of periodontal disease and its complications. Examples of such risk factors include pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease or having recently undergone cancer treatment or organ replacement surgery.
Periodontists offer more expertise than general dentists, including:
- Three additional years of advanced postgraduate training beyond their basic dental degree
- Specialized training in dental implant placement
- Specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
- Vast knowledge on cosmetic periodontal procedures
Periodontists are experts in diagnosing and treating gum disease. Your periodontal disease may progress to the point where only a periodontist may be able to help you.
If you have advanced gum disease, or have been struggling to keep your gum disease under control, you should see a periodontist.
It is important to note that periodontal disease is usually painless and can go undetected until it’s too late so if you suspect that you may have a problem with gum disease, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Reyes-Viruet.
Thanks to her experience, training and periodontal expertise, Dr. Reyes-Viruet successfully treats all levels of periodontal cases, even very complex cases.
When to See a Periodontist
- Bleeding while eating or brushing
Unexplained bleeding while consuming food or during the course of daily cleaning is one of the most common signs of periodontal infection.
- Bad breath
Continued halitosis (bad breath) that persists even when a rigorous oral hygiene program is in place can be indicative of periodontitis, gingivitis or the beginnings of an infection in the gum tissue.
- Loose teeth and gum recession
Longer looking teeth can signal recession of the gums and bone loss due to periodontal disease. As this disease progresses and attacks the jawbone (the anchor holding the teeth in place), the teeth may become loose or be lost all together.
- Related health conditions
Heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia and osteoporosis are highly correlated with periodontitis and periodontal infections. Pre-term low birth weight babies may also be linked to an untreated periodontal condition. The bacterial infection can spread through the blood stream and affect other parts of the body.
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