Of all the varying types of dentistry, periodontics is among the least understood. Our Berkeley periodontists are highly trained professional who deal mainly with the gums to ensure that patient’s mouths are healthy and free form any gum disease.
Periodontics professionals deal with gum diseases, working to give patients healthier and safer mouths. If you ever feel like your gums are sensitive, or you notice bleeding, you need a periodontist. Otherwise, you risk gum disease or the pain experienced with every bite, and other extreme mouth conditions. After completing many years of additional specialized dental training, a periodontist is equipped to deal with an array of oral healthcare concerns and conduct a variety of complicated procedures from providing dental implants to treating cancerous gum-lines to performing gum and jaw surgery.
While gums are a strong focus of the periodontist, they are by no means the only one. Our premier Berkeley periodontist works with regions of the mouth that most people don’t even think about, yet use frequently. Take the alveolar process, the part of your jawbone that supports your teeth. Issues in this area in the jaw can lead to loss of teeth, particularly for women. Should damage ever occur to your alveolar process you will need a trained periodontist to reset and secure your teeth.
What is a Periodontist?
Essentially, the periodontist is like a master of many trades. This professional must analyze and anticipate future tooth and gum conditions, as well as repair existing ones. The periodontist is an extensively trained oral professional skilled in keeping your teeth’s support structures safe and protected, so that your jawbone, gums, and connective tissues are working to the best of their potential. If we assess that any of these elements require treatment, immediate action will be required.
Without treatment, damage to gums can lead to a tooth-loss or even jaw or gum-disease. In severe situations, it may also become necessary to remove part of the jawbone. All the more reason to ensure our periodontist inspects your mouth at your earliest convenience. We work to correct issues with soft tissue early to prevent any possible dangers. Prevention is the name of the game, but the periodontist is no stranger to surgery, which can be required, but only in the most severe of cases.
Early stages of gum disease are not to be taken lightly, as they can occasionally communicate warning signs for more serious conditions like cancer, particularly in males. By checking for these severe issues early on, periodontics in Berkeley can successfully diagnose and treat problems caught early.
Berkeley Periodontist Appointments
In the early stages, a visit with your periodontist is no different than any other dentist visit. Your periodontist will review your medical history and discuss any allergies, heart issues, diabetic histories, and any other condition like pregnancy that could affect your options for treatment. It is possible that an appointment will call for X-rays, as it will be essential to garnering the most accurate medical information possible before deciding on any critical matters.
Your Periodontics specialist in Berkeley will then examine your X-rays in conjunction with your medical records, before conducting a routine evaluation of your gums, your jaw, and your mouth. At this point, we will advise if any conditions were detected requiring a potential procedure. If no surgery is necessary, your periodontist will recommend daily methods to continue the health of your specific oral situation.
While all dentists are valuable oral professionals, since the periodontist is among the most important, it is necessary to seek out the very best. For this reason, Berkeley Dental Center considers it crucial to be one of Alameda County’s premier periodontics offices. It is possible you may never actually require one, but if the day comes when visiting one becomes necessary, be thankful that Berkeley Dental has the extensive training needed to mend your teeth, gums, and mouth with premier care.
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