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What Exactly Does a Periodontist Do?


Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of a mouth with inflamed gumsA periodontist is an expert dentist specializing in the detection and treatment of various periodontal diseases. They treat any issue that affects the gums and bones in the oral cavity. Some of the things a periodontist does include:

Detection and Management of Gum Diseases


Gum disease occurs when the tissue surrounding your teeth swells and gets infected due to the accumulation of bacteria. Plaque and tartar can accumulate on your teeth due to poor dental hygiene. The build-up encourages the growth of bacteria which affects your gums and causes gingivitis. After a while, the disease advances to periodontitis. The experts help review your dental history and develop the right treatment option.

Periodontal Maintenance


Periodontal maintenance is a type of deep teeth cleaning. It is a more comprehensive cleaning process and checks the health of your teeth and gums. Periodontists also measure the pockets near your teeth to rule out any chances of gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing


Tartar and plaque under your gum line will lead to the deterioration of your oral health. A periodontist will use scaling and root planing methods to eliminate the build-up. The treatment procedure takes 1-2 hours, leaving your teeth sparkling clean and ensuring you are not susceptible to gum disease. These procedures allow you to enjoy brighter teeth, good gum health, and fresh breath. The treatment option is adequate for people with mild gum diseases.

Surgical Treatments


Gingivitis and severe gum disease may cause your gums to pull back and recede. Receding gums can lead to tooth loss and bone resorption. A periodontist will recommend bone grafting to encourage the regeneration of the bone tissues. Other dental procedures the experts perform include laser treatments, dental crowns, bridges, and ridge augmentation.

Educating and Training


A periodontist is a specialist in their field and continually educates patients and other dental experts. They must also indulge in training endeavors to sharpen their skills and ensure they are relevant in dental dentistry.

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