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What is a Periodontist?

A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontist education expands three years in additional to dental school. Periodontist receive extensive training in the latest techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and trained in cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists may also specialize in the treatment of oral inflammation, severe gum disease and root damage. For more answers relating to a Periodontist, Periodontist procedures, or Periodontist treatments contact the Experts.

Upon a referral from their dentist to a Periodontist, a treatment plan states, “for a pocket depth of 7 vs. 3”, what does this translate to?

The numbers they are referring to may be pocket depths. The pockets are measured by a probe that measures the distance between the top of the gum to the bottom of the pocket where the probe stops. Normal measurements might be from 2 to 3mm. Measurements may be effected by inflammation and swelling of the gums. There may be an isolated area that is affected but is an indication there may be bone loss between the teeth. An appointment with a dental hygienist, offering a deep cleaning and a home dental health care program may eliminate these pockets. If not, an x-ray may confirm the presence of bone loss, therefore see if your dentist will review the x-ray with you before an evaluation and treatment is scheduled with a Periodontist.

When one has bone loss, is it best to start with a cleaning process before undergoing what may later result in an unnecessary surgery?

In that gum disease of periodontal disease may be intermittent and genetically inherited, a Periodontist treatment plan may vary. If a proper dental health program is implemented with yearly cleanings one may have caught this at an earlier stage. A second opinion from another Periodontist may give insight to the areas involved and verification of one’s periodontal treatment plan. A conservative plan would be to start with a non-surgical scaling procedure and progress to the areas that need additional treatment that may include surgery.

A Periodontist diagnosed someone with mild gum recession due to aggressive brushing, leaving one’s tooth with hypersensitivity, is there a procedure to cure this sensitivity?

If the sensitivity can be managed with toothpaste designed to treat sensitivity, this is the best solution. The less dentistry performed the better off the individuals teeth might be. Premature or unnecessary dental treatment may weaken the tooth and leave it vulnerable to deterioration. Placing a filling or crown on the tooth to seal any exposed root surfaces may be inadequate as in a dental restoration a microscopic gap between the tooth and the restorative material is inevitable. This gap may be large enough for bacteria to hide and inhabit one’s ability to floss/brush and keep the area as clean as possible. If the sensitivity significantly worsens and becomes uncomfortable then additional Periodontist treatment may offer a solution in restoration for the effected teeth.

After receiving dental filing treatment on a tooth, pain persisted, later found additional teeth involved with infection and a crack in the tooth that was filled. Is this a result of bad dentistry?

Symptoms and signs of infection may take time to evolve; it is uncertain that the diagnostic picture was obvious at the first visit. Infection may have set in from the onset. Disease may start from zero and progress until it crosses the lower limit of sensitivity of a diagnostic tools gauged by a dentist or Periodontist. A dentist may not be faulted for missing the infection if there were no signs indicating the infection was present at the time of your first encounter.

When working with the diagnostic information, symptoms may not have been revealed for a proper diagnosis. It may be hard to say that you received bad dentistry. One may use this as a tool when undergoing further dental treatments by visiting with a Periodontist who specializes in these areas and may have a more thorough insight of one’s dental restorations. Experts can answer many individuals questions when relating to Periodontist.
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