When Should I Visit a Periodontist?
Are all dentists the same? Can’t I just go to my regular dentist for everything? Do I really need to go to a specialist? These are some of the many questions that patients ask themselves when they are faced with the possibility of needing periodontal treatment. All periodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are periodontists. Their differences are outlined below along with reasons why you would need to seek treatment from a periodontist.
A general dentist is your first point of contact for dental check-ups and cleanings. You will usually visit a dentist every six month for screening and x-rays. If your dentist finds symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease, he or she will likely recommend a consultation with a periodontist who will diagnose, treat and prevent further infections.
All dentists are certified DDS or DMDs, but periodontists have had an additional 3-4 years of postgraduate training specializing in tooth and gum conditions and diseases. A periodontist may offer such services as deep gum cleaning and other root therapies, tooth extraction, placement of implants, cosmetic dental procedures, and surgery to the jaw bones.
When should I see a periodontist?
You general dentist may refer you to a periodontist if he or she suspects that you have a form of gum disease. If you have any of the following signs or symptoms you should consider treatment from a periodontist:
- Unexplained bleeding
- Pus in between the teeth and gums
- Longer looking teeth
- Bad breath
- Change in bite pattern
- Red and swollen gums
If you are interested in learning more about your options for periodontal treatment, the periodontists at Gallardo and Lamas Periodontics and Implant Surgery of Miami, Florida, are available for a consultation. Contact them today at 305-447-1447.