Why visit a Periodontist

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Dentistry can be compared to medicine and its specialties.

Your periodontist has treatment and diagnostic skills to treat your disease in co-operation with your general dentist.


Aside from treating periodontal disease, there are other reasons to visit your periodontist.

If you are missing one or more teeth and are considering dental implants, your periodontist can help you decide if they are appropriate for you. He or she is trained to work with you and your general dentist or prosthodontist when missing teeth are being replaced with dental implants. In addition, your periodontist also can help create proper gum appearance to improve your smile. 

What can I expect the first time I visit my periodontist?

Remember periodontists are dentists too. Your periodontist will review your complete medical and dental history with you. It’s extremely important for your periodontist to know if you are taking any medication both prescription and over- the counter or if you are being treated for any condition that can affect your periodontal care.

You then will be given a complete oral and periodontal examination. Your periodontist will examine your gums, check to see whether there is any gum line recession, asses how your teeth fit together when you bite and check to see if any are loose.

After that your periodontist will take a small measuring instrument and insert it between your teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets. This helps your periodontist asses the health of your gums. Next radiographic (X-rays) will be used to show the bone levels between your teeth to check for possible bone loss.

Following your examination, your periodontist will review all of the findings with you, discuss your condition and suggest the various treatment options available to you along with the benefits and possible risk of each. You then will be able to make an informed decision regarding the type of treatment that will best suit you.