When to Visit a Periodontist

Visit PeriodontistA periodontist is a dentist that has received an additional three years of training beyond the four years required for dental school. Periodontists specialize in diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the bone, connective tissue, and gums surrounding the teeth. Periodontists can place dental implants and perform cosmetic procedures to enhance the esthetic appearance of the teeth, as well as treating oral conditions. If any of the following factors are present, patients may benefit from visiting a periodontist.

Bad Breath

When patients regularly experience bad breath, it may be an indication of infection, periodontitis, or gingivitis. If patients experience bad breath in spite of regularly brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a periodontist. A periodontist can help to identify the underlying cause of bad breath and program advice or treatment.

Bleeding Gums

If the gums bleed when patients brush or eat, it may be a sign of periodontal infection. Small amounts of bleeding may be a sign that the patient needs to floss and brush more often, but heavier bleeding or continued occurrences of bleeding may indicate the need for more intensive treatment. Visiting a periodontist may help patients to determine how severe the issue is and how to treat the condition.

Receding Gums

Periodontal disease may cause the gums to recede, which may cause the teeth to look noticeably longer or may even cause the teeth to loosen over time. Visiting a periodontist at the first signs of receding gums can allow periodontists to schedule treatments that can be effective in reversing the underlying causes of receding gums. Catching this type of issue early can help to prevent future bone deterioration.

Gangrene in the Gums

Gangrene is difficult for a patient to spot without the assistance of a dentist. However, if a dentist suspects gangrene, he or she may work with a periodontist to definitively diagnose the condition. Dentists and periodontists may also work together to treat the patient.

Health Conditions Impacting Periodontal Health

Certain health conditions may put patients at greater risk for periodontal complications. Patients with diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis may benefit from visiting a periodontist to have an oral health assessment done. A periodontist may be able to provide patients with recommendations that can help to avoid future issues.

Visiting a Periodontist

Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology does not require a referral from a dentist. If patients are concerned about periodontal health or if any of the factors listed above are present, patients may call to schedule an appointment. Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology can also answer any questions that patients may have regarding periodontal health.