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Periodontist Near Me - Need a Periodontist?

Here are some warning signs that you may need to see a Periodontist:

-gums that bleed easily

-red, swollen, tender gums

-gums that have pulled away from the teeth

-persistent bad breath or bad taste

-permanent teeth that are loose or separating

-any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

-any change in the fit of partial dentures

Of course it is possible to have periodontal disease and not even know it.

Periodontal screening is certainly an important part of your dental routine.

Periodontist Near Me - What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a type of dentist who treats the supporting structure of the teeth and gums.  They generally perform procedures including root scaling and planing, periodontal surgery, and implant surgery.

Thus Periodontists focus on inflammatory disease that destroys the gums and supporting structures of the teeth.  As a result they treat cases from mild gingivitis to serious periodontitis.

Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas of treatment.  Additionally, they receive three years of education beyond dental school.  Further, they are trained in the placement and repair of dental implants.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning to treat gum disease.  It extends below the gumline to areas not reached in a routine dental cleaning.

Gum disease is caused by plaque.  Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria.  Therefore, we must clean away these bacteria or you will have gum disease.

The bacteria can indeed cause the gums surrounding the teeth to become inflamed.  Then spaces form between your teeth and gums.  These spaces later form little pockets where food gets trapped and more bacteria can grow.

Scaling and root planing will clean away the bacteria in these pockets below the gumline.  Finally, with the bacteria cleaned away the inflammation will stop and the gum disease will be relieved.

Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal surgery should only be considered when non-surgical treatments do not have the desired result.  For these cases, there are several possible procedures your Periodontist may perform.

Pocket Reduction Procedures

Pocket reduction procedures are performed when bacteria under the gumline form especially deep pockets.  Eventually these pockets grow large enough that a pocket reduction procedure is needed.  The procedure will clean out the bacteria and restore the gum's snug fit to the tooth.

During the procedure, the gum tissue is folded back and the disease-causing bacteria is removed.  Then the tissue is secured in place.  The damaged bone may have irregular surfaces.  In that case it will be smoothed so the gum fits tightly.

Eliminating the bacteria and then closing the pockets is necessary to end your gum disease.  After that your teeth will be easier to clean with your daily dental routine.

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Regenerative Procedures

Regenerative procedures are used when the bone supporting your tooth is destroyed by periodontal disease.  These procedures can indeed regenerate some of the lost bone.

During the regenerative procedure, the gum tissue is folded back and bacteria is removed.  A biocompatible fabric is then placed between your bone and tooth.

In due time the bone will grow and take the place of the fabric.  Thus some of your bone will be restored through the regenerative procedure.

Bone grafting

Bone grafting is performed when the bone surrounding your tooth root has been destroyed.  The source of the graft may be your own bone, or else synthetic or donated.

This graft will generally serve as a platform for the growth of the natural bone.  The procedure will hold the tooth more firmly in place.

Dental Implants

A dental implant  is basically an artifical tooth root placed into your jaw.  It may hold a replacement tooth or bridge.  Surely they are used for people who have lost a tooth.  The reasons for the loss include may be for example periodontal disease, trauma, or other dental situation.

The dental implant may either be placed into the jaw bone or on top of the jaw.  Screwing into the bone is certainly more secure.

Periodontists are the expert in the gums and connecting tissue.  So they will evaluate your situation.  Particularly good candidates for dental implants will have adequate bone height, healthy gums, and overall good health.

Dental implants will undoubtedly require the same dental care as your natural teeth.  After treatment, brushing and flossing is needed to clean away plaque.  Your periodontist will work out a cleaning plan with you and your dentist.

Soft tissue grafts

Soft tissue grafts are needed when you lose gum tissue.  This loss is commonly known as receding gums.  Due to this loss the gums (soft tissue) may need to be reinforced.

The soft tissue graft takes a small amount of tissue from the top of your mouth or another donor source.  This tissue is then attached to the receding site.

Recovery may take 1 to 2 weeks for the mouth to full heal.  Wait to floss and brush the treated gums until it has fully healed.

If the tissue is removed from the top of the mouth you may feel pain for a few days.  Your dental professional can recommend pain reliever.

So there are several benefits of soft tissue grafts.  First, it protects the exposed root from decay.  Secondly, tooth sensitivity can be reduced.  Finally, you may feel your smile is more attractive.

Tissue-stimulating proteins

Tissue-stimulating proteins may be used during periodontal surgery.  Thus a protein-containing gel is applied to stimulate bone and tissue growth.  These tissue-stimulating proteins are applied to the tooth root and adjacent areas.

Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Periodontal plastic surgery has been shown to have good outcomes.  The gumline may be raised or lowered according to the desired level.

Gummy smile or uneven gum line

Feel your teeth look short?  Then dental crown lengthening may help.  This procedure removes excess gum tissue to expose more of the crown of your tooth.  Finally, your gum line is sculpted to give a great look.

Long teeth / Exposed roots

Gum recession can expose your roots.  Thus your teeth look long.  Gum graft surgery can cover more of the root to improve the look of your teeth.

Indentations in the gums and jawbone

Indentations in the gums and jawbone can result from tooth loss.  The jawbone recedes when it no longer holds a tooth and thus recedes.  This indentation can give an unnatural look.

Ridge augmentation can smooth out the natural look of the gums and jaw.  Then a new tooth can be used to complete the look.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Who Should See a Periodontist

Who should see a Periodontist is a common question.  A general dentist can indeed take care of mild periodontal symptoms.  On the other hand, moderate to severe symptoms are best handled by a Periodontist.

Patients with more complex cases are best managed in partnership with the dentist and Periodontist.

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Periodontic Cost

Periodontic cost is difficult to estimate.  Of course there is going to be a range of differences in different areas and for different situations.

Still, we understand you need some idea.  First scaling and root planing cost average between $140 to $300 per quadrant.  Then you may need some type of antibiotic medication.

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Who Should See a Periodontist

Types of Gum Disease that Periodontists Treat

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place.  It's typically caused by plaque that builds up on the teeth and hardens.  When it progress, periodontal disease can cause soreness, bleeding gum, painful chewing problems, and even tooth loss.


Gingivitis is the most mild form of gum inflammation.  Symptoms include gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily.  However, there is normally little or no discomfort at this stage.

Even so, not all gingivitis will progress to something worse.  Your at home dental routine can help keep your teeth clean.  Also visiting a general dentist or Periodontist ASAP can make sure everything is in order.


Periodondontitis is the result of untreated gingivitis.  Periodontitis causes the inner layer of the gum to pull away from the tooth.  This small space collects debris and can become infected.

This mixture of plaque and infection under the gum line creates toxins.  These toxins stimulate a inflammatory response.  Then the bone and gums are broken down and destroyed.

Chronic Periodontitis

Chronic Periodontitis is the next more severe category of periodontitis.  It is caused by large amounts of plaque that cause chronic inflammation.

Diagnosis is made difficult because it is mostly painless.  Therefore people do not seek care.  Still there are symptoms such as bleeding from the tooth socket.

Necrotizing Periodontal Disease

Necrotizing Periodontal Disease is an infection of the teeth and gums caused by bacteria.  The main symptoms are undoubtedly bleeding gums and pain.

Diagnosis may surely be made with a dental exam.  This is a particularly serious condition requiring follow-up and treatment.

Types of gum disease

What is the Difference Between a Dentist and a Periodontist?

A dentist generally performs the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases in the mouth.  On the other hand a Periodontist specializes in the supporting structures of the teeth and gums.

What is the Difference Between an Endodontist and a Periodontist?

An Endodontist specifically works on the inside of the tooth.  They especially perform root canals and closely related procedures.  Periodontists perform procedures involving the jaw and gums.

What is the Difference Between a Periodontist and an Orthodontist?

A Periodontist specializes in structures of the teeth, jaw, and gums.  They frequently perform surgical procedures to fix issues caused by bacteria and plaque.

An orthodontist specializes in the correction of abnormally aligned teeth and jaws.  Straightening teeth with devices such as braces makes up a large part of their work.

Can you Cure Periodontal Disease?

Basically, mild gingivitis can be treated with your daily dental routine and regular dental cleanings.  More severe types of Periodontal Disease may require procedures performed by a Periodontist.

Obviously, Periodontal Disease gets worse when not treated.  So it can lead to very severe pain and health problems.

Without a doubt, the most important thing you can do is see a Dentist or Periodontist for an exam.  Waiting will make things worse.

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