A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the structures around teeth. These include gums, periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone.
Periodontal is a general term for a group of different diseases, all of which have the same result: loss of attachment of the gum, connecting tissues and bone. Most periodontal diseases are caused by plaque around the teeth, lack of proper daily oral hygiene, and the way the body’s immune system reacts.
Periodontal disease can be asymptomatic most of the time, but on early stages, patients can experience slight bleeding while brushing or flossing, slight redness and inflammation of the gum margins, bad taste or breath. More severe symptoms may include abscesses, loose or moving teeth, and tooth loss.
Periodontists are also experienced in the treatment of oral inflammation. All periodontists receive vast training in this field, attending at least three extra years of advanced studies after graduating from dental school. They are qualified to perform procedures with the latest techniques and technologies to treat not only periodontal disease, but also cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Periodontal plastic surgery is another area in which a periodontist is involved. The treatment of gum recession, due to strong toothbrush (which might cause sensitivity and/or root decay) is done with root coverage procedures using the latest techniques and technology.
Periodontists generally treat major periodontal issues, such as those with severe gum disease or a complicated medical history offering a variety of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is deeply cleaned), root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They also treat patients with critical gum problems offering surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
Whether you are interested in a dental implant or concerned that you may have symptoms of periodontal disease or you have systemic disease such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, please feel free to contact us for advice at Mario Garita MP Dental Clinic.