This all gets confusing. When should you see a dentist and when should you see a periodontist? There’s no straight answer in some cases, a straight answer in others, and a general rule of thumb in others. Does that help? Let me see if we can shed some dental extract into the issue of whether or not you should see a periodontist.
What Does a Periodontist Do?
To better understand when you should see a periodontist, you need to appreciate what a periodontist does in his or her job every day.
A Periodontist doesn’t do general dental work like filling holes in your teeth, general cleaning, or whitening your teeth. Those are all performed by a general dentist.
A periodontist is concerned about keeping your teeth in your mouth by looking deep down in your gums. He’s concerned with bones, including the root structures of your teeth, your jawbone, the bone structure of the skull which holds the upper layer of teeth, and all the connecting tissue binding all of it together.
What Does a Periodontist Look For?
A periodontist will be concerned about diseases and infections that can destroy any part of your mouth that holds your teeth in place. A periodontist understands the damage disease and infection can cause in the mouth as well as other parts of the body.
What Do You Mean “Other Parts of the Body”?
Periodontitis is the disease associated with destroying the parts of your mouth which hold your teeth. It’s the result of Spirochetes bacterium growing in the deep dark recesses of your gums. If you look at the picture below, you can see gum infection that has begun to destroy bone tissue.
This rotting of bone tissue is caused by Spirochetes bacterium. The bacterium gets into the blood stream and is transported to other parts of the body. It can become a causal factor in diabetes, heart disease, chronic joint pain, osteoporosis and many other diseases.
When to See a Periodontist
If you have heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, or loose or missing teeth, then it’s time to get to a periodontist as quickly as possible. There’s no time like the present to ensure periodontal disease isn’t making your condition worse. You may give the periodontist a chance to save some of your remaining teeth.
In the second instance, you could attain what Dr. William S. Neale, local periodontist in Wichita Falls, calls a “kissable smile”. You could have periodontal disease and not know it. There are few early warning signs. For example, if you have soreness and/or bleeding in your gums, no matter how minor, it’s the time to see a periodontist.
In the third instance, your general dentist may refer you to Dr. Neale, your local periodontist in Wichita Falls, Texas. If there’s a problem in the mouth that goes beyond dental expertise, your dentist and Dr. Neale work as a team to ensure the best periodontal and dental care possible.
It’s sad that about 50% of the adult population, around 65 million people, in the United States have periodontal disease. Don’t become one of these statistics. If you’re wondering if you have a periodontal problem, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Neale.
If you have bleeding of the gums, loosening or lost teeth that cannot be explained, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis call your local periodontist right away. Don’t delay. Call Dr. Neale’s office at (940) 322-0758 or contact him by Clicking Here.
The best line of defense is a good offense. Visiting Dr. Neale is your best defense against periodontal disease. You get a full examination, not some shortened version. You’ll know exactly what’s going on in your mouth.
Don’t delay. Call Dr. William S. Neale, your local periodontist in Wichita Falls, Texas for a checkup. Keep your “kissable smile”.