4 Reasons You May Need to See a Periodontist for Your Gum Disease

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4 Reasons You May Need to See a Periodontist for Your Gum Disease

When it comes to battling dental diseases and other related conditions, your primary dentist is the first “tool” in your arsenal for prevention and treatment. In some cases, however, your situation may demand the expertise of a dental specialist for proper treatment and wellbeing.

A perfect example of such cases is a complicated case of periodontal gum disease. Although the general dentist and dental hygienist can successfully eliminate plaque and calculus, there are justifiable conditions where the knowledge and skills of a specialist would be necessary. In the event of gum disease, the specialist is the periodontist, a dentist with the skills for diagnosing and treating diseases or disorders concerning the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth.

When you have undergone treatment for periodontal gum disease for a while, the dentist may refer you to a periodontist. Several factors may motivate this referral, such as the form of gum disease involved. The following are four reasons you may need to see a periodontist for gum disease treatment.

What to expect at the periodontist

Proficient treatment

All dentists can perform basic procedures regarding gum diseases, especially removing plaque and tartar (hardened plaques) that are responsible for infections. However, if the condition has worsened beyond the gum line and has created pockets between the gums and teeth filled with bacteria or caused gum recession (tissues drawing away from the teeth), you may require the superior techniques and the tools only available with a periodontist.

Advanced cleaning

The routine, biannual dental office cleaning is an essential aspect of every dental care schedule. However, based on the severity of the gum disease or level of personal hygiene, you may require more regular and deep cleanings to reduce the occurrence of infections. The periodontist can ensure this and help you create an efficient daily oral health plan suitable for your needs.

Your overall health

Certain health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or pregnancy can affect your gum’s health. Many of these conditions have been linked with tissue inflammation, a common symptom of chronic gum disease, as well as reduced tissue healing. With their skills with the gums and the way it affects the rest of the body, a periodontist can create a treatment plan that works well with other health conditions.

Preparation for potential restoration

One of the treatment purposes of gum disease is to attempt to extend the lifetime of the natural teeth as much as possible. The fact is that some or most teeth may not survive as long as expected. If there is a chance that you will eventually require a complete dental restoration, the periodontist may help put your gums in the right condition for the inevitable. They may also be able to fix or restore gum tissues that improve the look of a dental restoration to ensure a more appealing dentition.

Final note

If you want to know more about the benefits of visiting the periodontist for gum disease treatment, you can book an appointment for a consultation.

Request an appointment here: https://coastperiodontics.com or call Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery at (805) 952-1147 for an appointment in our San Luis Obispo office.

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