When Would I Need to See a Periodontist?

General family dentists are excellent health care providers and can take care of most common dental issues. But some conditions call for a specialist. A periodontist is a specialist who treats periodontal (gum) disease and places dental implants to replace lost or extracted teeth.

At Dental Care of Beverly Hills, our team of dental experts offers a broad spectrum of specialty dental care, including teeth straightening, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, veneers, and of course, periodontal care. If you’re not sure about when you might need to call us for periodontal services, here are some signs that you should come see us.

You have wiggly, loose, or lost teeth

For children, losing teeth is a rite of passage. But your adult teeth should feel well-anchored and secure in their position. If you have a wiggly tooth, it may indicate a serious infection called periodontitis. If you don’t get it treated, it can lead to bone damage and tooth loss.

If you’ve already lost a tooth and have a gap, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. You may think that it’s just a cosmetic issue, but it’s actually a serious dental concern. When you’re missing a tooth, your other teeth tend to gravitate toward the open space, which causes misalignment in your bite and eventually pain. 

Another problem with missing teeth is that the exposed gum area is an open invitation for bacteria to set up shop. So leaving that blank space in your row of teeth can actually lead to infection and bone loss.

Finally, a missing tooth means that you have a spot in your mouth that no longer applies pressure to your jawbone. Your jawbone relies on the pressure from your teeth when you chew in order to stimulate cell renewal and remain strong. Without it, the bone starts to deteriorate.

We can close the gap with dental implants, which we anchor to your jawbone to replicate the action of your natural teeth and their roots. 

You have pain

Pain in your mouth can happen for multiple reasons, and many of them can be resolved by your family dentist. But some are best handled by a periodontist, especially if the condition calls for an extraction. Here are a few reasons you may need a tooth extraction:

Whether you have infection or damage due to an unsuccessful root canal, an injury, or an illness, we can treat your periodontitis and perform extractions quickly and professionally to get your mouth back to a healthy, pain-free state.

You have visual signs of gum disease

Up to 20% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 suffer from severe gum disease. But many of them don’t even know it. That's because sometimes, periodontitis can be present without pain. But you’ll notice the telltale signs if you just take a look. Some of the visual cues of gum disease are:

Our team can stop the progression of periodontitis before it becomes a severe case that may lead to worse problems down the line, like tooth decay, bone damage, and the need for an extraction.

If you think you might need periodontal care, the best way to know for sure is to come in for a consultation. We let you know exactly what’s going on in your mouth and what kind of dental care you need to resolve any concerns. Call us at 310-299-9621 or book an appointment online today. 

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