Both dentists and periodontists go through the same schooling and learn the same things when they embark on their dental training. However, after dental school, a periodontist will continue for another couple of years to specialize in the treatment of gum disease. Your dentist can help you treat the early stages of gum diseases, but if it gets bad enough, they might refer you to a periodontist.
Some of the early signs of gum disease are red, swollen, and/or sensitive gums as well as bleeding and bad breath. These signs usually point to gingivitis, which can be solved by a cleaning from your dentist and regular dental hygiene practices. If you experience any of these symptoms and do not see your dentist for treatment, periodontitis could develop.
After you develop periodontitis, your tooth begins to separate from the connective tissue and bone that holds it in place. If this occurs, dentist will likely refer you to a periodontist for treatment. Your dentist may also send you to a periodontist if he or she notices bone loss around a tooth after they take routine X-rays during your cleaning and examination.
Avoid gum disease by maintaining proper oral hygiene. Additionally, remember that if you experience any early signs of gum disease, make an appointment with one of our dentists at Amberwood Dental Centre as soon as possible. Our office is always ready and waiting to meet your dental needs.