It's an unfortunate fact that periodontists have developed an unpleasant reputation. This is primarily due to the fact that most people only see their periodontists when they're in pain. As a result, many people associate going to the periodontists with having something uncomfortable done to them.
But it doesn't have to be this way. Your first visit with a periodontist should be a positive experience. As with any medical practitioner, the periodontist is there to help you maintain your oral health. They can answer any questions you have about taking care of your teeth and gums, and they can provide you with the resources you need to keep your mouth healthy.
In this blog post, we'll discuss what you can expect during your first visit with a periodontist. We'll cover the different types of periodontal disease, the symptoms to look out for, and what treatment options are available. By the end, you'll know exactly what to expect from your first visit - and you'll be one step closer to keeping your mouth healthy.
What does a periodontist treat?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition in which the gums and bone around the teeth become infected. Periodontal disease can be classified into three different stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation of the gums. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Gingivitis is reversible with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care.
Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation of the gums and bone around the teeth. Symptoms of periodontitis include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, gum recession, and loose teeth. Periodontitis is not reversible, but it can be controlled with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care.
Advanced periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation of the gums and bone around the teeth, gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Advanced periodontitis is not reversible, but it can be controlled with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care.
What will happen during my visit to the periodontist?
During your first visit, the periodontist will review your medical and dental history and examine your mouth. The examination will include an evaluation of your gums, teeth, and bone around the teeth. The periodontist may also take X-rays to evaluate the health of your jawbone and assess the severity of the gum disease.
Based on the information gathered during the examination, the periodontist will develop a treatment plan to address your individual needs. The treatment plan may include nonsurgical procedures such as scaling and root planing or surgical procedures such as flap surgery or bone grafts.
The goal of periodontal treatment is to control the progression of gum disease and improve your oral health. With proper care, you can expect to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.
What treatments does a periodontist offer?
A periodontist offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for gum disease. Nonsurgical treatments include scaling and root planing, which involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and smoothing out rough spots on the roots to help remove bacteria.
Surgical treatments for gum disease include flap surgery, in which the gums are lifted away from the teeth so that plaque and tartar can be removed from the roots; bone grafts, in which healthy bone is transplanted to areas where the jawbone has been damaged by gum disease; and tissue regeneration, in which artificial materials are used to encourage new tissue growth.
What are the goals of periodontal treatment?
The goal of periodontal treatment is to treat any existing periodontal disease and to prevent future gum disease. In essence, the periodontist is there to help keep your teeth healthy and to keep you pain-free.
Visiting the periodontist doesn't have to be a stressful experience. At our office, we strive to provide each and every one of our patients with the highest quality of care possible.