Posted on 9/15/2018 by ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, and in the placement of dental implants.
Periodontists can also treat oral inflammation and are familiar with the latest technology advances to treat these conditions.
Signs You May Need a Periodontist
The good news is that there are several treatment options – surgical and non-surgical - even when periodontal disease is in its advanced stages. The bad news is that the longer you wait to see one of our periodontists, the more expensive and lengthy the treatment may get.
Here are some signs you need to come see one of our periodontists:
You have red, swollen gums that may bleed when you brush your teeth or floss. This is one of the early signs of gum disease and the sooner you make an appointment, the easier it will be to treat.
You have chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth due to bacteria buildup. The unpleasant taste usually returns shortly after brushing.
You have a family history of gum disease or periodontal disease - some studies suggest that periodontal disease can run in families.
You have receding gums or notice that more of a tooth or several teeth is showing from under the gum line. You may also experience tooth sensitivity that wasn't there before.
You feel some of your teeth are loose or shifting and you may notice a change in your bite.
You feel pain when eating and it may also hurt if food gets stuck between your teeth.
You have diabetes. People with diabetes usually have more sugar in their saliva and it can also prevent normal circulation, needed to keep healthy gums.
You have sensitivity to hot or cold foods or extreme air temperature.
You may also want to consider visiting us if you smoke, because smoking prevents the gums from getting the oxygen they need, and they can't fight infections as they do in people who don't smoke.
If you have never been evaluated for periodontal disease, consider that studies show half of all adults over 30-years-old in the U.S. have some form of gum disease.
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