What is a Periodontist?
While all periodontists are dentists, the opposite is not true: not all dentists are periodontists. A periodontist is a specialized type of dental care provider that focuses on the health of your gums. They attend dental school, but they go on to take an extra three years of coursework to make them the experts on anything and everything to do with your gums and gum disease.
When you have a complicated gum issue that cannot be properly treated by a conventional dentist, you need the help of us here at The Mugford Center. Whether you notice you have bleeding gums and want to get it treated right away, or you need a more advanced procedure like gum surgery, you can count on us to give you the highest caliber of knowledgeable and compassionate care with the treatment of your gums.
Why You May Need a Periodontist
A dentist is to a periodontist like a general practitioner is to a cardiologist. In other words, we have all the education and training that a dentist has, and then some. That gives us the ability to immediately recognize any oral health concerns that you may have regarding your gums. We have studied gum health extensively, allowing us to treat you with confidence and accuracy. When you visit your general dentist, they may refer you to our office if they see anything of concern on your gums.
There are several different conditions that we can treat. For instance, for patients who have advanced gum disease (also known as periodontitis), you may need special treatment from us to help manage it. We may offer a scaling or a root planing to help address the problem. This removes all of the hardened calculus and debris that can form along with your tooth roots and underneath your gumline. This will help stop the progression of your gum disease and prevent it from getting worse. Antibiotics may also be necessary.
We also perform surgical procedures in our office. For patients who have severe gum disease that is not responding to a scaling and root planing procedure, we may advise a gingival flap procedure. This allows us to more intensively clean your teeth and remove all of the hardened calculus from it. In addition to surgical treatment procedures for gum disease, we also fit patients with dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent restoration for lost teeth and look and feel natural. If the patient takes good care of the implant, it can last them the rest of their life.
When You Should See Us
Not everyone is going to need treatment from us. While most minor oral health concerns may be treated by a general dentist, we tend to focus on more advanced problems. Certain things that you should look out for include blood in your mouth after you brush and floss, receding gums, or gums that are red and swollen. Difficulty biting and chewing may indicate that there is a problem with your gums, as well. Please do not use pain as your only measure of needing treatment; often, gum disease can be painless.
If you suspect that you may need periodontal care from us, or you would like to learn more about who we are and what we do here at The Mugford Center, please give us a call at (410) 260-0790 today!