A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Periodontists go through three extra years of training in the support structures of the teeth (gum, bone, ligament) and in how to save teeth and keep teeth in your mouth for the rest of your life. If someone has to lose their teeth, periodontists also have three years of training in dental implant placement to replace those missing teeth.
Periodontists have dental implant training.
A dental implant is an artificial root that is placed where the tooth used to be. It functions as the root for the crown that your dentist then places. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for a tooth. If you have to loose a tooth, a dental implant is the best option for replacement. Dental implants are also eight times stronger than a tooth, don’t get cavities, will last the rest of your life, can be used for bridges or to hold dentures, or you can add them for beautiful, single teeth.
Periodontists can restore tissue lost through gum disease.
Periodontists are experts in treating gum disease and regenerating the tissues that has been lost. Gum disease involves the structure that supports your teeth – the gum, bone and periodontal ligament. These are the structures that are responsible for holding your teeth in your mouth. You have probably heard the dentist probe around your teeth and count out numbers. When the numbers are 2-3 millimeters that is healthy gum. But when probe depths are 5, 6 or 10 millimeters, that’s an instance where periodontal disease has invaded your mouth.
Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, like laser periodontal therapy, and can perform cosmetic procedures to improve your smile. Referral is necessary when gum disease is in a moderate or advanced stage, or if dental implants are a consideration. Feel free to contact us here at Stoner Periodontic Specialists in Columbus, Ohio if you are interested in periodontal therapy.