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Cleveland Specialists

Willoughby Hills, Ohio

 

Periodontics

What is a periodontist?

 

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that affect the gums and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Typically, a periodontist has had 2-3 years of additional training in diagnosing and treating gum disease, as well as training in the placement of dental implants.They can also perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to improve your smile.

 

What is periodontics?
 

Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues. If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health.

 
 
When to see a periodontist?
 

Anytime is a good time to be seen by a periodontist for evaluation. General dentists and dental hygienists often refer their patients to a periodontist when they notice signs of periodontal disease.

 

A periodontal evaluation may be especially important if:

  • You notice any symptoms of swollen, red or tender gums.

  • You are not satisfied with your current tooth replacement option, such as a bridge or dentures, and may be interested in dental implants.

  • You are thinking of becoming pregnant. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby born too early and too small. In addition, about half of women experience "pregnancy gingivitis." However, women who have good oral hygiene and have no gingivitis before pregnancy are very unlikely to experience this condition.

  • You feel that your teeth are too short or that your smile is too "gummy." Or, if you are missing one or more of your teeth and are interested in a long-lasting replacement option.

  • You have a family member with periodontal disease. Research suggests that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can pass through saliva. This means the common contact of saliva in families puts children and couples at risk for contracting the periodontal disease of another family member.

  • You have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis. Ongoing research is showing that periodontal disease may be linked to these conditions. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can travel into the bloodstream and pose a threat to other parts of the body. Healthy gums may lead to a healthier body.

How can periodontal treatment help me?

The periodontist will carefully evaluate the signs and symtoms of the disease by taking probing depth measurments, X-rays or a three dimentional picture of your teeth. Based on a comprehensive periodontal examination he will propose the optimal treatment and discuss all available options with you.

Visiting a periodontist for a thorough evaluation each year is recommended as a way to identify gum disease. Warning signs of gum disease include one or more of the following:

  • Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Receeding gums which cause teeth to look longer than before and are more sensitive.

Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent loss of teeth and helps to maintain healthy gums.

 

 

 

 

 

Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?

 Fortunately, modern anesthetics can make the procedure pain free in most cases. Seeking treatment early makes the procedure more comfortable, so don't wait. When caught early, treatment should feel no different than having a regular filling. For the first few days after treatment, there may be some sensitivity to biting pressure, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Sometimes over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (like Advil) are recommended for a day or two. Dr.Furman can prescribe other medications but they are rarely required.