Do I need to see a Periodontist?
If you’re concerned about your gums and the loosening of teeth or dental implants, you might have periodontitis. This requires premium dental care from a highly skilled specialist, otherwise known as a periodontist.
To help you make an informed decision about the healthcare you need, The Dental Boutique have prepared this short article to help you better understand your needs.
Read on to learn more about whether it’s time for you make an appointment with a periodontist
What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a registered dental specialist that focuses on supporting structures of the teeth. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions that may affect the gums, jawbone, and ligaments that surround your teeth or hold your implants in place. After graduating from university as a qualified dentist, a periodontist must spend two years or more in general practice, before going back to university for a further three years to specialise as a periodontist. As well as additional university education, they must regularly complete post-graduate training programs.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis (commonly referred to as gum disease) is a chronic immuno-inflammatory response to the build-up of plaque ad calculus that’s formed on the teeth. There are different stages of gum disease, from the most severe to the least – advanced periodontitis and gingivitis. Researchers have discovered some potential associations between gum disease and a variety of factors and other health conditions, including diabetes, smoking, certain medications, and even stress.
When should I see a periodontist and why is treating gum disease so important?
The earlier that gum disease is diagnosed and treated by a skilled private dentist, the better. We highly recommend booking an appointment at a private dental clinic if you’re suffering with any of the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily when flossing or brushing
- Red, inflamed or tender gums
- Gums that move away from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath/ a bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Visible pus around the gums and teeth
If left untreated, researchers have found a connection between gum disease and other more sinister health risks such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, strokes, certain cancers and more. With that in mind, visiting a professional specialist in this field is imperative to your health. From your first consultation to providing you with an adequate and targeted home care routine, a periodontist is trained in the complex procedures and treatment that a dentist cannot offer you.
Speak to an experienced periodontist at our private dental clinic
The skilled periodontists at The Dental Boutique in the Gold Coast can provide you with the premium dental care you need to effectively tackle your symptoms. Our team of professionals understand your healthcare needs and will be able to advise you on how many treatments are required, as well as how to tackle the next steps from home, after your initial appointment.
Would you like to book an appointment? Email us on [email protected] for more information.