A periodontist maintains a specialty of dentistry that specializes in the supporting structures of teeth, as well as diseases and conditions that affect them. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontists also specialize in the placement of dental implants and are experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists must complete an additional three years of education beyond dental school and receive extensive training in gum disease, implants and oral inflammation.
Periodontists offer a wide range of specialized dental treatments which may include:
- Surgical and Non-Surgical treatment of gum disease
- Dental Implants
- Oral Surgery
- Bone Regeneration
- Soft Tissue Grafting
- Crown Lengthening
- Gum Surgery
Gum Disease & Damaging Effects
Gum Disease affects a large population of individuals. In many cases, a periodontist is required to treat the issues that occur from gum disease. Periodontists will treat patients with severe gum problems using any number of surgical procedures. Sometimes implants are needed to replace damaged or missing teeth due to gum disease or other issues. Specially trained in the placement and repair of dental implants, periodontists are the number one source for implant treatment. More often than not periodontists treat more problematic periodontal cases of severe gum disease than any other treatment.
Your First Visit
Dr. Saltz and Dr. Wilson enjoy getting to know new patients. During your first visit, the periodontist will review your complete medical and dental histories. During this time, it is extremely important for you to disclose any information regarding any medications being taken or if you are being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
The doctor will examine your gums and cheeks, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and investigate whether any teeth are loose.The doctor will also measure your periodontal pocket depth by gently placing a measuring instrument called a probe between the teeth and gums. This will help determine what procedures are necessary to obtain optimal oral health. Lastly, X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
Who Should See a Periodontist?
In some cases, periodontal needs can be managed by your general dentist. When signs of more severe periodontal disease exist, a trained periodontal specialist may be needed to obtain optimal oral health. Periodontists have a greater understanding and increased level of expertise of the gums to better help patients with gum disease. Often, Dr. Saltz or Dr. Wilson will work with you and your general dentist to provide the best results of sustained oral health.
If you have questions or concerns at any time, you may contact our office to schedule time to visit with our doctors.