Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues.
What Does a Periodontist Do?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants. A periodontist typically has had two to three years of additional training in diagnosing and treating gum disease and its associated problems. Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Moreover, periodontists can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to improve your smile. Often, dentists refer their patients to a periodontist when their periodontal disease is advanced.
Anytime is a good time to see our office for a proper evaluation, but below are a few reasons why you may want to make an appointment sooner rather than later:
- You notice any symptoms of periodontal disease.
- You are not satisfied with your current tooth replacement option, such as a bridge or dentures, and may be interested in dental implants.
- You are thinking of becoming pregnant. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby born too early and too small. In addition, about half of women experience “pregnancy gingivitis.” However, women who have good oral hygiene and have no gingivitis before pregnancy are very unlikely to experience this condition.
- You feel that your teeth are too short or that your smile is too “gummy.” Or, if you are missing one or more of your teeth and are interested in a long-lasting replacement option.
- You have a family member with periodontal disease. Research suggests that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can pass through saliva. This means the common contact of saliva in families puts children and couples at risk for contracting the periodontal disease of another family member.
- You have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, or osteoporosis. Ongoing research is showing that periodontal disease may be linked to these conditions. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can travel into the bloodstream and pose a threat to other parts of the body. Healthy gums may lead to a healthier body.
To make an appointment at our Highlands Ranch, Colorado periodontal office, please contact Highlands Ranch Periodontics today.