When should I visit a periodontist?

June 14, 2019 by Dr Rana Al Falaki

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When should I visit a periodontist?

 

A periodontist can help with the prevention, discovery and treatment of various diseases

A periodontist can help with the prevention, discovery and treatment of various diseases and infections which affect the teeth, gums and the jawbone as well as provide dental implants.

The most basic issues with teeth and gums can be treated by simple measures such as maintaining correct brushing and flossing standards to ensure continued health.

For more serious problems, a periodontist may be needed to cure gum problems, improve your oral health and fix the damage caused to your gums and teeth.

 

Gum Disease and Recession

Gums naturally recede over time but how well you take care of your oral health can determine how gradual the process is. However, some people are genetically more susceptible to gum recession.

As your gums recede, the roots of your teeth become more exposed making them vulnerable to infection. That infection, if not treated properly, can cause gingivitis or even periodontitis.

Symptoms of both receding gums and gum disease include bleeding from the gums, bad breath and loose teeth.

Tooth loss is the main consequence of unhealthy gums while the appearance of your teeth and gums will also be affected.

 

How a periodontist can help you

Our periodontists can perform procedures to cure gum disease and gum recession. Fixing receding gums can play a big part in preventing gum disease in the first place.

Gingival Re-Contouring & Gingival Grafting are two procedures we offer to treat gum recession. Gingival Re-Contouring alters the shape and form of your gums while Gingival Grafting adds more gum. Both procedures offer added protection for your gums as well as treating the gum recession.

Gum disease can be treated through non-surgical and surgical procedures dependent on which stage the gum disease has reached.

If you have already lost teeth or have crooked teeth, a periodontist can provide you with dental implants to replace the teeth so the damage caused can be fixed as well as fixing the gum problems.

If teeth aren’t replaced, the gums and tooth root becomes exposed leaving the gums open to infection once again.

These treatments have the added effect of improving the appearance of your teeth and gums to improve the look of your smile.

You don’t need to wait for symptoms or problems to show up before visiting a periodontist though.  We can provide a maintenance program to assess your oral health to make you aware of any potential problems and deal with them before any advanced treatment is needed.

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