Why See a Periodontist?
Do you have bleeding or swollen gums or loose teeth?
Do you have bad breath all the time?
Are you missing teeth, or do you have loose dentures or partial dentures that won't stay put?
Do you have uneven or receding gums or gum-lines?
Do you have COPD, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular disease or are you pregnant?
Are you at high risk for stroke, or do other members of your family have diabetes?
Would you like to replace a single tooth or all your teeth and have them feel and work like real teeth?
Do you have dental implants that are not being checked and maintained regularly by a dental professional?
Do you have one or more dental implants that are having complications or are failing?

The Answers to all these questions is the same: You need to see a periodontist.

While there may be other reasons that you need to see a periodontist, these are all good ones, and they apply to many members of our modern population.

A periodontist is a dentist (DDS or DMD) who has had additional specialty training to become an expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases, placement and maintenance of dental implants, and the diagnosis and treatment of problems associated with the bone and soft tissues of the mouth, that affect your smile and the way you look. In addition to 4 years of college and 4 years of graduate dental school education, periodontists receive an additional 3 years of training in a specialized and accredited residency program.

Periodontal diseases can lead to the loss of teeth and, as a result, much of the appearance of the vitality of youth. More importantly however, are the research links established over the last few years between a number of chronic and acute systemic health problems that can critically affect an individual's health, life expectancy, and quality of life.

It's no longer enough to simply exercise, eat well, and avoid excess in order to maintain good health and a high quality of life. It's clear that maintenance of oral, and particularly "periodontal" health, is critical to maintaining good general health.

Here are some reasons you may want to visit a periodontist:

  • Systemic Issues: There have been shown to be links between the health of the mouth and the health of the body. Such links include those correlated with stroke and heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, respiratory problems, Alzheimer's Disease, and pancreatic cancer. If you're interested in learning more about these links, click here.

  • Dental Implants: Dental implants can be made to look, function, and feel like natural teeth while providing for the maintanence of osseous structures. As a result, they have many advantages over their alternatives. If you're interested in learning more about dental implants, click here.

  • Periodontal Diseases: Periodontal diseases are a family of bacterial infection-based diseases that affect the gums and bone surrounding and supporting the tooth. If you wish to learn more about periodontal diseases, click here.

  • Tissue Maintenance: Protection of the soft and hard tissues of the mouth, such as gum and bone, is fundamental for good periodontal health. If you want to learn more about tissue maintenance, click here.
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