Visiting a Periodontist
A periodontist is a specialist in the field of dentistry who diagnoses and treats periodontal (gum) disease. Often seen in conjunction with a general dentist, a periodontist specialist treats the various stages of gum disease from mild gingivitis periodontitis to advanced gum disease (chronic periodontitis resulting in bone loss). Periodontics dentists should also be visited if a patient complains of one or more lost teeth that require dental implants.
Given that nearly three quarters of Americans suffer from some degree of periodontal disease, the study and practice of periodontics is of primary importance to those to wish to maintain proper dental hygiene and health.
As gum disease symptoms do not manifest themselves to a noticeable degree until mild periodontal disease has progressed to chronic periodontitis, often patients' diseased gum and bone structures that support teeth are left untreated until the point of tooth loss, in severe cases. Thus, regular check-ups with a dentist or periodontist are integral to the health and retention of teeth and gums. Read on to find more about how to discern and find a periodontist who is highly trained and accredited.