South Ogden, Utah
Are you suffering from gum disease? Are you looking for help when it comes to your periodontal issues?
Our team of highly trained periodontists at Skyline Implants & Periodontics will gladly serve you, ensuring that your oral health needs are addressed, helping to put that smile back on your face.
You can be sure you are getting the best diagnosis and treatment of the soft tissues of your mouth when visiting our South Ogden, UT practice.
Call us or stop by today to see how we can help you maintain good oral health and fix any health concerns you may have today!
What Is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a specialty dentist who primarily focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects both the gums and the bone structure supporting the teeth.
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss which could necessitate the need for dental implants, which periodontists also specialize in.
Periodontists typically study intensively in these two areas and often go to dental school for three extra years.
On top of handling the more challenging periodontal and dental implant cases, the periodontists at our office also provide various other particular services. These services include cosmetic periodontal procedures, oral inflammation treatment, root surface debridement, scaling, and root planing.
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What Is My First Visit Like?
During your first visit, the periodontist will review your complete dental and medical history.
It is a great time to let your periodontist know of any medications or treatments you are currently receiving for any condition that could affect periodontal care, such as pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, or heart disease.
Remember, when in doubt, it is best to tell your periodontist, as many medications and procedures can impact your oral health and vice versa. Our professional staff will have insight and can help you make the right decisions for your particular case.
Once your medical history is out of the way, your periodontist will examine your gums for gum line recession, check if any of your teeth are loose or misaligned, and gauge how your teeth connect when biting down.
Your periodontist will also use a small medical instrument called a probe to evaluate the health of your gums further. This measures the spaces between your teeth and gums, called periodontal pockets.
By measuring the depth of the pockets, they can determine the severity of your gum disease or other issue and formulate the best treatment strategy.
Finally, x-rays may be taken to inspect the health of your bone below the gum line.
Why Am I Being Referred to a Periodontist?
Is your general dentist referring you to a periodontist?
If you get referred to a periodontal office like ours, it's because our doctors have the knowledge, experience, and specialized skills to provide you with the type of periodontal treatment or cosmetic periodontal procedures you need.
Many general dentists will treat less severe cases of periodontal disease, but often they refer patients to a periodontist when the issue is more challenging.
The same is often true for dental implant procedures, with many general dentists referring their patients to a periodontist for more challenging dental implant procedures.
Should I Be Concerned When Referred to a Periodontist?
There is no reason to be concerned if your general dentist has referred you to a periodontist. It simply means they want you to receive the best care possible. Be confident that you will be treated by a specialist from within our office that has at least three years of advanced training in periodontal dentistry and cosmetic periodontal procedures.
If you have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, you are not alone. More than half of Americans 30 years old and older have some form of gum disease. While periodontal issues considered minor could be treated by a general dentist, it is often recommended to see a specialist when those issues are more major or critical.
Extensive research over the past 50 years suggests that gum disease can be linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other chronic illnesses.
Challenging periodontal treatment, especially cosmetic periodontal procedures, require a high level of expertise that only a highly trained periodontist can provide.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
You may exhibit moderate or severe levels of gum disease with symptoms like the following:
| swollen or receding gums
| discomfort or pain around or in your gums
| a change in your bite pattern
At Risk for Periodontal Disease
You are more susceptible to periodontitis if you have a personal or family history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, or respiratory disease.
If you're a smoker, it also increases your risk of acquiring advanced gum disease.
Do Periodontists Do Implants?
Periodontists are often considered the dentistry experts in the placement of surgical and dental implants, and in treatments that involve both the hard tissues (such as teeth and bones) and the soft tissues (such as gums and cheeks).
Surgically placing successful dental implants requires an in-depth knowledge of both tissue types.
The placement of a dental implant is a surgical procedure. The three extra years of education periodontists receive after general dental school include extensive surgical training.
Most general dentists do not receive this, making periodontists the go-to for dental implants.
Some of the possible reasons a general dentist may refer you to our office to place your dental implants include
|you have limited bone structure
|multiple implants are necessary (making it a more complex periodontal procedure)
|your dental implant must be placed in the top part of the jaw near the back - in the sinus area. This often requires sinus augmentation to raise the sinus floor to create adequate space between the implant and the sinus.
Schedule a Periodontics Procedure with Us in South Ogden, UT!
Visit us at Skyline Implants & Periodontics for any of your periodontal needs. If you are in or around the South Ogden, UT area, please call us at (385) 888-7414 to book an appointment today!