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What is a Periodontist?

There are many specialties in the field of dentistry; a periodontist is one of them. A periodontist in Peabody, MA is a dentist that specializes in gum disease and gum degeneration. A periodontist is considered to be a dental specialist due to the fact that he or she completes additional training of two to three years once dental school has been completed. Gum disease is unfortunately a common occurrence, this is especially true as we age and in many cases the general dentist that you visit will refer you to a periodontist if evidence of a gum disorder is apparent.

Most people think that tooth loss results from decay or trauma, indeed it does, but a full 75 percent of tooth loss is due to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease begins with the formation of plaque which in turn begins to infect the gums; the results are deterioration of the gums, loose teeth and spaces appearing between the teeth. As well as these symptoms, the gums may appear red and swollen and be subject to frequent bleeding. If you have any evidence of periodontal disease your family dentist will be the first to recognize it, if you should see any symptoms between dental visits you will be wise to schedule a visit as soon as possible.

If the periodontist in Peabody, MA catches the disease early enough, there are several surgical techniques that can be employed to restore the teeth. Although it may be radical, the periodontist can actually graft bone to the jaw which replaces the bone that was lost to bacterial infection. The procedures can also include crown lengthening and tooth and gum contouring.

A periodontist is trained and is very skilled at performing dental implants, a procedure which allows for the permanent replacement of a lost tooth or teeth. During the dental implant procedure, the periodontist will implant a titanium implant into the jaw and after a period of time the implant and jaw fuse into one. When the implant is stable a crown is placed on top, the finished product is equally as good as a natural tooth in both looks and use.

A dental implant may be marginally more expensive than a bridge or a denture but the results are far superior; the implant lasts for life and requires no other hygiene than normal brushing and flossing.

If you notice that your gums are bleeding or your teeth are loosening you may be looking at the onset of periodontal disease. If this is the case you should visit Josephine Pandolfo, DMD a periodontist in Peabody, MA. Click here to know more.

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