Most of us focus on our teeth when we think about our oral health but the underlying structures that support them can be just as important. If you have an issue with your gums then you may need to see a visit Frays Dental to see a periodontist in Uxbridge.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specialises in looking after the gums. Periodontists have undergone extra training in gum disease so they can diagnose and treat more complex cases. You may never need to see a periodontist. If you have healthy gums or you only have mild gum disease then your usual dentist will be able to look after you. However, if you develop severe gum disease or the problem becomes more complicated you may be referred to a periodontist in Uxbridge. You might also need to see a periodontist if you need to have specialist treatments relating to your gums. For example, your periodontist can ensure that your gums are healthy before your get dental implants. The periodontist can then fit your dental implants into the gums.
Signs You Should See a Periodontist
You may need to visit one of our periodontists in Uxbridge if you’ve noticed any issues with your gums or if your dentist refers you for treatment after a check-up. Periodontists can provide specialist care for all kinds of gum problems.
Some of the most common reasons for needing to visit a periodontist include:
- Symptoms of gum disease such as redness, swelling or bleeding
- Receding gums, which can be due to periodontal disease
- Gums that feel sore or general discomfort in your mouth (that isn’t associated with a particular tooth)
- Teeth that feel loose or insecure, which can be due to gum disease or bone loss in your jaw
- Changes in your bite, which can be a sign that your teeth have shifted place in the gums
The periodontist will examine your teeth and gums in order to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and assess the severity of any gum disease. Depending on the results of these checks, you may need to have treatment to eliminate any infections and to address the damage they have caused to your teeth and gums.
Periodontists can perform a range of different treatments, including cleaning the part of your teeth that sits inside the gums and removing infected gum tissue. If you have advanced gum disease then your periodontist may need to perform specialist procedures to repair the damage to your gums and bones. In some cases, it may be necessary to undergo surgery to remove or repair the diseased tissue.
Gum disease can cause very serious problems so it is vital to consult a dentist right away if you notice symptoms such as swelling or bleeding gums. It is always best to recognise these problems early when they are easier to treat. Even if you have more advanced gum disease there is still a lot that your periodontist can do to relieve the symptoms and prevent further damage.