Periodontal Specialist

Some conditions arise in dental care that requires the expertise of a Periodontal specialist. These are dentists with extensive training and education in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.  They attend additional years of education beyond dental school, are familiar with the latest techniques for treating and diagnosing periodontal disease, and have been trained in cosmetic periodontal procedures.

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may be referred to and examined by a Periodontal Specialist.  As an expert in the treatment of oral inflammation, such a specialist may be required if your case is unusually problematic, as with severe gum disease or complex attending medical conditions.

Your visit with a Periodontal Specialist may include:

  • A review of your dental and medical history - it important for your Periodontist to be aware of your medications and any medical issues that may affect your ability to have certain treatments or to heal. These can include, but are not limited to: heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
  • A thorough examination of teeth and gums - this allows your Periodontist to make the most accurate and beneficial treatment recommendations, and may include checking for gum line recession, bite alignment, and if any teeth are loose.
  • Measurement of periodontal pockets - your Periodontist will use a small measuring instrument called a probe to determine the depth or existence of any infection pockets between your teeth and gums.
  • X-rays - if bone loss or damage is suspected, x-rays will reveal it and allow your Periodontist to make appropriate adjustments to treatments recommendations, if necessary.

Periodontists can be called in to perform a wide range of treatments, including root canal procedures, root scaling and planning, as well as surgical procedures to treat severe gum disease and the placement and repair of dental implants.

Research suggests that there is a direct relationship between periodontal disease and various chronic diseases of aging, indicating that there is a whole-health issue at stake and supporting the importance of Periodontal Specialists in fighting dental and overall well-being.

If your Colney Hatch dentist refers you to a Periodontal Specialist, you will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss any concerns before and during your appointment.