You know that an orthodontist is a dentist who puts braces on teeth. You may even recognize an endodontist as someone who performs root canals. But have you ever heard of a periodontist?
What Is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dental professional who specializes in treating the gums, ligaments, and bone structure around the roots of teeth. The word root “periodont-” literally means “around the tooth.”
Periodontists treat gum disease, place bone and gum grafts, perform deep tooth root cleanings, take biopsies, and place implants.
Your Gum Health Matters!
Your gums are so important that there are dental specialists dedicated to treating them! Gum health is closely linked to the rest of your body. Chronic tissue inflammation can lead to an increased risk for arthritis, stroke, heart disease, and many other conditions.
Not to mention, your gums and jaw bone are crucial to keeping your teeth in place. If you lose those supporting structures, your teeth will gradually loosen and fall out.
Taking care of your gums is an important part of maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Your smile will look balanced, your breath will be fresh, and your body will thank you.
Do You Need to See a Periodontist?
If you’re interested in a dental implant or have a concern that a periodontist can help you with, you can directly contact one in your area to set up an appointment. Otherwise, just schedule a visit with your regular dentist for advice.
Some gum health problems are minor and are easy to treat in the dental office. If you need the specialized help of a periodontist, then your dentist can refer you to a trusted professional.
Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
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