How a Periodontist Can Improve Your Oral Health

During your dental cleaning, if your general dentistry practitioner notices any signs of gum health issues, he or she may refer you to a periodontist. Periodontics is an oral health specialty that focuses on the health of the gums and bones in the jaw. There are a number of ways that a periodontist can play a role in your overall oral health management. Here are some of the treatments you may receive from a periodontics specialist.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

If you have gum disease, a periodontist can help you reverse it before it causes tooth loss. Your periodontist may perform a type of deep cleaning treatment called scaling and planing to remove bacteria that has become lodged below the gum line and or use fluoride tray remedies to treat periodontal disease. In some cases, your family dentist may recommend that you see a periodontist for scaling and planing on a regular basis, even if you don’t have periodontal disease, as a preventative measure, particularly if you have diabetes or another condition that increases your risk of gum disease.

Biopsies

If you have a lesion on your gums or soft tissue in your mouth, and your family dentist cannot adequately identify it, he or she may send you to a periodontist for a biopsy. During the biopsy, your periodontist will remove a small amount of tissue around the lesion so that it can be tested for an accurate diagnosis.

Cosmetic Procedures

Even if your gums are healthy, you may be unhappy about their appearance. If your gums are uneven or an excessive amount of gum tissue is visible, a periodontist can perform a variety of cosmetic procedures to restore your confidence in your smile.

At MyDentist, we have in-house periodontists at our Eagle Falls Dentistry and Associated Dental Care practices for your convenience. Find out how to get the dental care in Bloomingdale, IL, that you need by calling us today at (630) 894-5180.

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