What Is A Periodontal Specialist?

What Is A Periodontal Specialist?

Nov 01, 2018

To put it simply, a periodontal specialist is a dentist who has become an expert in the area of diagnosing and treating gum disease (periodontitis). If gum disease is in its early stages, your general dentist will most likely be able to help your mouth to heal. However, in cases of moderate to severe periodontitis he will most likely refer you to a periodontal specialist.

Your periodontist will thoroughly examine your dental history and perform an examination of your teeth to craft a personalized treatment plan. Here at 7 Dental in Phoenix, AZ, we specialize in periodontal care with a gentle touch. After Dr. Perno or Dr. Spurling conduct a comprehensive periodontal examination(CPE), they may recommend surgical or non surgical interventions to treat your periodontal disease. How do you know if you need the care of a Periodontist? Let’s find out.

Do I Need A Periodontal Specialist?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), periodontal disease is most common in men starting in their 30s and 40s. If you are part of this higher risk group or are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to seek treatment:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss or loose teeth
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Sores in the mouth

Certain factors put you at higher risk of developing gum disease. Some of these are:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and AIDS

Why Choose A Periodontal Specialist?

So why should you see a periodontal specialist instead of a general dentist to treat your moderate to severe gum disease? Because of the extra years of training they have received in the periodontal specialty, Periodontists can offer cutting edge treatments and the latest techniques. They are most familiar with how gum disease can affect your overall health and well-being, so they are the most qualified to help you deal with any current issues and prevent future problems. If you feel you would benefit from the specialized treatment a periodontal specialist offers, please call us at 7 Dental to schedule a consultation.

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