Many people have questions when it comes to seeking care from a periodontist or prior to a procedure. We have posted the most common ones here. If you have a question or need more information, we welcome you to contact us.
- What is the difference between a dentist and a periodontist?
- What type of procedures does a periodontist perform?
- Is my visit to the Periodontist covered by my dental plan?
- Do you need a referral for a periodontist?
- How do I prepare for gum/implant procedures?
- What should I expect after treatment?
Dentists are primarily trained in the care of teeth. They are skilled at filling cavities, root canals, regular cleanings, standard x-rays, and some cosmetic procedures. Periodontists, sometimes called gum dentists, receive the same training as dentists, but then continue their education to specialize in the care of gums and the bone supporting the teeth. For people who experience bleeding or swollen gums, loose teeth, or mouth pain, a periodontist may be able to provide a more effective level of care. The services offered by a periodontist include deep pocket cleaning, bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, dental implant placement, and crown lengthening.
Periodontists focus on gum and bone care, preventing and treating disease that affects the gums and supporting bones. Untreated, this can result in a loss of teeth. Periodontal disease has also been linked to various illnesses and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), diabetes, pre-term delivery in pregnancy, and many other health issues.
Periodontists offer procedures that can help people keep their teeth longer. Treatments can include the cleaning of infected root surfaces (root planing), the reversal of lost bone and tissue (regenerative procedures), and the placement and repair of dental implants.
Many companies provide dental insurance to their employees. Many insurance companies also provide dental insurance directly to individuals. However, in both cases, periodontal treatment is covered differently from one plan to another. In most cases, periodontal treatment is often considered preventive and is usually supported by most dental plans. To know if a specific periodontal treatment procedure is covered under your specific plan, we recommend you contact your insurance provider.
You do not need a referral to visit a periodontist. However, many dentists will refer patients that are experiencing gum or bones issues to a periodontist. If you are experiencing bleeding or swollen gums, loose teeth, or mouth pain, a periodontist may be able to help you. Making an appointment with us is easy. Click here for our contact information and location.
There is not much to do in preparation for your gum procedure. We will often give the needed prescriptions (to prevent infection, swelling, and pain) in advance so that you will not need to go to the pharmacy after your treatment. It is best to start the medicine on the morning of the treatment as directed.
It is also a good idea to have some soft foods on hand, for example, soups, mashed potatoes, eggs, apple sauce, small noodles, etc. Make sure that you do not have a big event or dinner planned for the night after your treatment.
After your treatment you should expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling. This does not always happen, but you should be prepared for it. The discomfort is usually not severe, as long as the follow up instructions are followed. We will provide you with an ice pack to apply to the area immediately once the procedure is completed. We also advise patients to avoid strenuous activity for 48-72 hours after gum surgery, so plan your exercise schedule accordingly.