A periodontist is a highly trained dentist who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal (gum) diseases and is also skilled in dental implant placement. They are experts in managing oral inflammation and have received extensive education beyond dental school, including three additional years of specialized training. Periodontists stay up-to-date with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal conditions, and they are proficient in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Periodontists often handle more complex and challenging periodontal cases, including severe gum diseases and patients with intricate medical histories. They offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning procedure to remove infected root surfaces) and root surface debridement (the removal of damaged tissue). Additionally, they perform various surgical procedures to address severe gum problems. Periodontists are also experts in dental implant placement, maintenance, and repair.
During your initial visit to a periodontist, your complete medical and dental histories will be reviewed. It is crucial for the periodontist to be aware of any medications you are taking and any medical conditions you have that may impact your periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
The periodontist will conduct a thorough examination, which includes assessing the condition of your gums, checking for gum recession, evaluating your bite, and assessing tooth stability. To gauge the health of your gums, a small measuring instrument called a probe will be placed between your teeth and gums to measure the depth of periodontal pockets. This measurement helps the periodontist determine gum health. X-rays may also be taken to assess the condition of the bone beneath the gum line.
At Citigate Dental in Nepean, we are committed to providing expert periodontal care. If you require specialized gum disease treatment, dental implant placement, or have concerns about your gum health, please don't hesitate to contact us at 613-440-4423 to schedule an appointment with our dentists. Our practice is conveniently located at 4285 Strandherd Drive, Unit #12, Nepean, ON, and our experienced team is dedicated to improving your oral health.