Why See a Periodontist Instead of a General Dentist?

Seeing a general dentist for regular checkups and cleanings is important. However, there are times when patients can benefit from seeing a specialist who focuses intensely on a specific aspect of dentistry – in this case, gums.

When it comes to gum disease, and protecting the overall health of your gums and jaw bone, it’s hard to beat working with a team that has years of experience and training in the field of periodontics.

Gum Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is caused by harmful bacteria and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Diagnosed and treated early, periodontal disease can be reversed and lasting damage avoided. If gum disease is detected, we will instruct you on steps regarding improved oral care at home and recommend specialized treatment options.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It typically affects only the soft tissue and may not result in any discomfort. Symptoms may be mild and are sometimes difficult to notice. These include red and swollen gums, and may be accompanied by bleeding.

Periodontitis is the second, more advanced stage of gum disease. At this point, both gums and the underlying bone structures that support teeth are affected.

Moderate to advanced periodontitis may be treated with periodontal surgery, periodontal ligament reconstruction, periodontal regeneration, and periodontal therapy. There are also nonsurgical treatments for periodontitis. These include medical prescriptions (antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs).

Gum Disease

Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease

The most effect means of preventing gum disease is regular cleanings to prevent and remove plaque. Combining good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings can go a long way in preventing, or reversing, gum disease.

Periodontics at Downtown Dental Specialty

At Downtown, we’re your gum specialists! We are not general dentists. Instead, we focus on specialized treatments, including all things gum health and restoration. That way you get the very best periodontal care around. Have questions? Give us a call.