What Is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a specially trained dentist who understands how to diagnose, prevent, and treat periodontal disease. It is also the job of the periodontists to manage challenging periodontal cases, such as people with serious gum disease or a complicated medical history with co-existing conditions.
The periodontal dentist may receive additional training after basic dental school to learn the best practices for managing gum disease, oral inflammation, and related issues. The periodontist also understands how to apply the latest in dental technologies to treat periodontal disease, as well as appropriate cosmetic procedures to restore the smile, such as dental implants.
Who Should See a Periodontist?
You should see a periodontist if you have signs of gum disease, which includes bleeding gums, tender gums, pain, and loose or wobbly teeth.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. The main hallmark of gingivitis is when gums bleed during brushing or flossing. This means the gums are inflamed, and it is likely due to tartar and plaque build-up. The problem with plaque is that it fosters bacteria, which causes the inflammation of the gums. At this stage, the gums may start to recede.