Why Your Dentist Refers You to a Periodontist

VeneersYour teeth make your smile gleam, but your gums do the hard work of supporting your teeth. “If your gums aren’t healthy, your teeth will suffer, “ says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry practice. “Gum disease starts small and is easy to ignore, but the damage can cost you both your smile and your teeth,” she continues.

Dentists have the opportunity to see a lot of gum tissue and evaluate the health of their patients’ gums. But when they see a serious problem, they will many times refer a patient to a periodontist, rather than handling it themselves.

“Periodontists are specialists who undergo extensive training in gum tissue,” says Dr. Ford.  According to perio.org, a website dedicated to information about periodontists and the work they do, a periodontist receives “three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. . . Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history.”

Periodontists have expertise in treating your gums. They know what stage of periodontal disease will respond best to a certain treatment plan. Because they work directly with tissues in various stages of health, a periodontist will know which techniques will result in a healthy mouth and a happy smile that will last for years.

A visual artist selects from a wide choice of materials to create their specialized work. Periodontists are also artists; they choose equipment that extensive experience has taught them will create a healthy outcome for you.

“Periodontists know how to support tissue health and bone health for the teeth,” says Dr. Ford.  “When your dentist sends you to a periodontist, it’s not bad news, it’s a step in a plan for saving your teeth and restoring a natural looking smile.”

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