After being examined by your dentist, he or she may choose to refer you to a periodontist. You may question the necessity of it. Why does one dentist refer us to another dentist with a fancier name? However a periodontist is not just a regular dentist! For starters, to become a periodontist, a dentist in the United States must pursue an extra three years of schooling in order to be certified. Additionally, periodontists have different concerns and expertise from regular dentists.
What does a periodontist do?
We at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants specialize in the treatment of diseases that affect the gums and other structures that hold the teeth in place. Dentists fill cavities, take x-rays, perform extractions and a number of other vital tasks. However, there are times when you need the expertise of more than just a dentist. If your gums are diseased, your dentist may need to send you to a periodontist first. Gum disease can progress into periodontitis – a serious disease which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Dr. DeAndrade and Dr. Allen at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants in Summerlin, Nevada are experts in treating those issues. We have the knowledge and tools necessary to perform a number of procedures such as:
Bone Grafting – When bone loss due to periodontitis threatens the stability of the teeth, the periodontist can graft bone to bolster the tooth, saving it from being lost.
Root Planing & Scaling – This is a procedure used to treat gum disease before it progresses. The periodontist uses an ultrasonic tool to clean the gap between the gum line and the tooth.
Gum Restoration – If you have lost gum tissue through disease or over aggressive brushing and flossing, your periodontist can help you regain this tissue through grafts or through a procedure known as the pinhole technique.
Dental Implants – If you have one or more teeth missing, dental implants can restore the function of your teeth and the beauty of your smile.
How do you know if you need to see a periodontist?
Reasons to go see a periodontists are vast. However, you should definitely see a periodontist if your gums are red, swollen, tender or receding. You should also see one if you have periodontitis or if you have a severe infection in your mouth. This is especially true if you also suffer from diabetes since gum disease and diabetes have a synergistic relationship with each other. There are countless reasons why you may need to see a periodontist – if you believe you need a consultation to have us look at your gums and teeth, you do not need to wait for a referral. We are happy to talk with you, and get you on the track to a healthy gums and teeth.