A periodontist is a specialist who helps prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect the gums and bones of your mouth. They can also help you maintain healthy gums, provide gum health education, and help decide the placement of dental implants.
What conditions do periodontists treat?
Periodontists are experts in treating gum diseases and the symptoms they cause, including:
You can contact your periodontist for a complete list of the conditions they treat.
What procedures do periodontists perform?
Periodontists perform various procedures to help preserve and restore the health of your gums, including:
Imaging and tests
You can contact your periodontist for a complete list of the procedures they perform.
When should I go to a periodontist?
For most gum and tooth problems, you’ll go to your general dentist. Your general dentist may refer you to a periodontist if you have gum disease that requires more advanced treatment or if you’re at risk for tooth loss.
You should schedule an appointment with a periodontist if you have or are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
What should I expect from a periodontist appointment?
Your first appointment with a periodontist will be similar to an appointment with your general dentist. They’ll ask questions about your medical history, conduct an oral examination, and take X-rays of your mouth to check for bone loss. It’s best to provide as much detail as possible during your exam. Include your past procedures, dental hygiene habits, medications you take, and any known conditions you have. Depending on your periodontist’s findings, they may recommend lifestyle changes, home treatments, and follow-up cleanings or appointments.
What questions should I ask my periodontist?
It’s important to show up to your periodontist appointment prepared. To help you get started, we’ve created a good list of questions for you to ask:
You may use these questions as a starting point, but feel free to add your own. A good practice is to also ask for additional information and take notes during your appointment.