When To See a Periodontist

A periodontist is a type of dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infections and diseases that affect the jawbone and the soft tissues of the mouth. If you have certain conditions, your family dentist may refer you to a periodontist or you may elect to go on your own.

Bleeding or Receding Gums

If your gums have receded or bleed when you are eating or brushing, you may have a periodontal infection. Depending upon the severity, your regular dentist may offer treatment options or refer you to a periodontist Huntington

Loose Teeth

If you notice your teeth have become loose, you should consider seeing a periodontist. Loose teeth can be a sign that you have periodontal disease that has spread to the jawbone. If left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss.

Bad Breath

Bad breath that continues even when a person practices good oral hygiene can be an indication of gingivitis, periodontitis or gum infection. If you notice this condition, you may want to consult with your regular dentist to see if she feels like a referral is appropriate.

Bite Changes

If you notice a change in how your teeth feel when you chew, brush or talk, you may need to see a periodontist. A bite pattern that has changed can be indicative of a number of dental conditions. 

Pain or Discomfort

Pain or discomfort in the mouth can have many different causes, so it is probably best to start by visiting your family dentist. If your dentist believes your pain may be the result of a serious condition of the gums or jawbone, then she may refer you to a periodontist for treatment. 

Diseases that impact the gums, soft tissues and jawbone can lead to serious oral health concerns and tooth loss. It is important to seek treatment if you notice any signs of periodontal disease. 

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