Who can refer a patient to the periodontist?

Who can refer a patient to the periodontist?

Anyone exhibiting signs of gum disease should schedule an appointment with a periodontist. Your dentist may refer you to a periodontist if they are unable to treat you. If you are under age 35 and have deeper gum pockets than normal, your dentist may suggest you see a periodontist.

What is active periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a gum disease. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that is triggered by bacterial microorganisms and involves a severe chronic inflammation that causes the destruction of the tooth-supporting apparatus and can lead to tooth loss. It can also lead to other health problems.

Is a periodontist a doctor?

If you’re wondering what a periodontist does, you’re not alone. While traditional dentists are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of oral health issues; periodontists specialize in the placement of dental implants and the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease.

Why would my dentist send me to a periodontist?

Periodontist Training Because of their extensive periodontal training, Periodontists are sought by general dentists and other dental professions to treat patients with extensive medical history or complex problems, that lie outside of a general dentist’s knowledge, capability, or skill set.

When should a patient see a periodontist?

Your general dentist or a hygienist may recommend a consultation with a periodontist if they find signs of periodontal disease through the course of a check up or other dental care appointment. You may also decide to see a periodontist on your own as a referral is not necessary.

Is it necessary to go to a periodontist?

If you have noticed that your teeth have begun to feel a little loose, you should definitely visit a periodontist. Even if you think it is just your imagination, it’s a good idea to schedule an examination, since this could be a very early sign of serious gum disease and underlying bone damage.

Is periodontitis the same as periodontal disease?

Periodontitis refers to advanced periodontal disease. In periodontitis, the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, creating pockets where additional bacteria can build up and cause an infection.

Can periodontist do bone grafts?

If you have severe gum disease known as periodontitis, you may have lost some of the bone that holds your teeth in place. Your dentist or a gum disease specialist (periodontist) may suggest a bone graft. Bone grafts can help grow new bone to replace the bone destroyed by periodontitis.

What kind of dentist is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal, or disease, and in the placement of dental implants.

Where can I get an appointment with a periodontist?

To learn more about procedures that our periodontist can perform, contact one of our convenient locations in Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Olympia, or Redmond, WA to schedule an appointment. During an initial visit with our periodontist, we will review your medical and dental history.

How long does it take to become a periodontist?

Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. As specialists in periodontal disease, they are experts in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. They are also trained in cosmetic periodontal procedures.

When to see a periodontist for gum disease?

A periodontist receives extra training that includes the latest techniques and technology used to effectively diagnose and treat gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, it’s important to see a professional as soon as possible.