Sometimes knowing when to see a periodontist is easy—your regular dentist refers you to us; but did you know that it isn’t necessary to have a referral to make an appointment with Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants? Some dental issues are best treated by a board-certified periodontist, so we should be your first call for the following situations:
- Gums are red or swollen
- Gums are bleeding
- Gums have receded or teeth appear longer
- There are bright or purple spots on your gums
- Your teeth are loose without having experienced trauma
- You need a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- You have chronic bad breath
- You have diabetes or other autoimmune disorders
- You have osteopenia or osteoporosis
- You have cardiovascular disease
Board-certified periodontists like Dr. DeAndrade and Dr. Allen begin their education with a degree in General Dentistry, but they continue their education for two to three more years to specialize in treating disorders of the gums and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Whereas your general dentist knows a little about a lot of things, we know all there is to know about treating these areas. We are also very good at spotting signs of oral cancer and check for it every time you visit.
Seeing a periodontist for gum disease makes many more treatment options available than just seeing a regular dentist as we are trained in many new technologies that your regular dentist may not even know about. We can also give you your best chance at having a successful dental implant because we have performed this surgery more times than we can count.
If you have an issue with your gums, make sure you call the gum specialists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants to set up an oral health evaluation. We will do all that we can to help you have your healthiest smile possible.