When to See a Periodontist

A periodontist is a specialized dentist dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating infections and diseases affecting the supporting tissues of teeth and dental implants, namely the bone and gums. Distinguished by an additional three years of training beyond standard dental school, periodontists are proficient in advanced techniques crucial for addressing periodontal diseases and replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Our periodontists in Centennial, Colorado, extend their expertise to encompass a wide array of cosmetic procedures aimed at enhancing smiles comprehensively.

Periodontal disease initiates when toxins from bacterial plaque or tartar instigate an assault on the gum tissue surrounding teeth. As the infection progresses, it delves deeper into the tissue, leading to inflammation and irritation between the teeth and supporting bone and gums. This cascade results in bone destruction, causing gum pockets to deepen or gum recessions to advance. Despite diligent oral hygiene habits, these infections persist and progress beyond the reach of routine brushing and flossing. Thus, professional intervention becomes imperative.

“Deep cleanings” or “periodontal root treatment therapy” is often the primary treatment, involving the removal of bacterial plaque and tartar from the depths of gum pockets. While effective in many cases, severe instances may necessitate additional therapies. General dentists and hygienists typically conduct these deep cleanings, reassessing gum healing weeks later. If disease progression persists, Dr. Dan Thousand and Dr. Katelyn Fleming step in for specialized treatment.

Patients may seek periodontal treatment through referrals from general dentists, particularly when symptoms persist after deep cleanings. However, self-referral for a periodontal consultation is also an option, emphasizing the importance of proactive dental care.

Key signs that warrant a visit to Periodontal Associates include bleeding while eating or brushing, a common indicator of periodontal infection. We will conduct a comprehensive examination of the gums, jawbone and overall dental condition before initiating treatment. Options vary based on the severity of gingivitis or periodontal disease, ranging from scaling and root planing to more advanced interventions.

Notably, periodontists play a crucial role in addressing infections around dental implants, known as peri-implantitis. Despite being a preferred option for replacing lost teeth, implants can face challenges such as stress overload or gum disease. Periodontists possess the necessary tools and skills to treat ailing implants, offering guidance on whether preservation or replacement is the best course of action.

If you need specialty periodontal care in Centennial, Colorado, we are the ones to offer results. Call us at 303-795-5700 today to start your periodontal journey toward a healthy smile again.