Many people keep their same dentist throughout their entire lives. From their very first dentist appointment, to showing off their first lost teeth, to being treated as an aging adult – many people never change dentists. While in the past it has been somewhat normal and widely practiced to remain at the same dental practice for years and years, the specialized care given by different dental specialists makes seeing a new dentist highly recommended at times.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants. Periodontists understand the unique circumstances of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. The treatment of periodontal disease necessitates a greater understanding and increased level of expertise, generally by a trained specialist. These specialists receive three additional years of training beyond dental school to spot and treat the first signs of periodontal disease as well as treat extreme cases.
A general dentist will typically have some training through dental school for how to diagnose periodontal disease, and s/he may even have some experience in treating mild cases. However, for serious and fully developed cases of periodontal disease, you don’t want to take your mouth and future oral health to just anyone. You may love your family dentist, but it’s probably a given that you love your mouth more!
As numbers continue to rise each year for patients who are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, and as research continually suggesting that there is a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases, a periodontist will best manage moderate to severe cases. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, call a reputable periodontist for a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics
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