Should You Visit a Periodontist?
Everyone knows that you should visit your dentist every six months for a regular check-up and cleaning. However, sometimes situations occur that require you to visit a specialist – like a periodontist. At Lynn Dental Care, Dr. Brock Lynn is both a practicing general dentist and a periodontist, making those specialized visits much easier. But when should you make an appointment to visit a periodontist? Below are some common scenarios that mean you should visit an oral health specialist.
Periodontists like Dr. Brock specialize in treating infections of the structures around the teeth. One of the most common issues that these doctors treat is gum disease. The most common symptom of gum diseases like gingivitis is swollen and bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding because something is stuck between your gum and your tooth—like a popcorn kernel— it should get better after the irritation is removed. If the bleeding and swelling is more widespread through your mouth and does not go away or gets worse, that is a sign of a more serious problem.
While gum disease is a common reason to visit a periodontist, it isn’t the only type of issue that they can treat. Periodontists handle the care of the teeth’s supporting structures. If you have teeth that are visibly shifting in your mouth or that feel extremely loose, there is a possibility that there’s an issue with some of the structures around your teeth. A visit to a periodontist will determine the cause of the shifting teeth and the necessary treatments to fix the issue.
Pain When Eating
Pain while eating can be caused by a number of different issues. If you still have difficulty eating comfortably after receiving treatment from your general dentist, the issue may not be your teeth. A periodontal specialist can help to determine what the underlying issue is and create a treatment plan to help you eat without pain.
There are many chronic oral health issues that run in families. If your parents or other members of your family have a history of gum disease or other issues, a visit to your local periodontist may be a good idea. Regular checkups with a specialist that is trained in identifying these types of issues give you the best chance of addressing and fixing whatever issues that may occur.
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