What is a Periodontist?

 A Periodontist is a dental specialist that has not only completed 4 years of dental school, but has also completed  3 additional years of specialty training in diagnosing , preventing and treating gum disease. Such as periodontitis.  Periodontists place dental implants and perform cosmetic periodontal treatments.  Periodontics covers a wide variety of oral aspects such as bone regeneration and surgical implant procedures.

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a serious advanced stage of gum disease which includes bone loss. Periodontitis is irreversible. The gum tissue and bone that surround and support your teeth could become damaged and effect the teeth to the point of becoming loose and falling out. Periodontitis occurs when the early stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis is left untreated. Periodontitis can also cause higher blood sugar levels.

What is Gingivitus?

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, which can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early. The signs  and symptoms are swollen, red, and  puffy gums that easily bleed.  Gingivitus, if not treated could progress into periodontitis, an advanced and more serious gum disease. Gum disease in adults has been linked to strokes and heart attacks.

What is an Endodontist?

An Endodontist is a dentist  who specializes in treating and handling the inside of a tooth (root canal) and has completed 4 years of dental school and has also completed an additional 2 or more years of specialty training in endodontics (root canals).  An Endodontist is a root canal specialist with lengthy education in all aspects of root canal therapy as well as complex root canals and endodontic surgery.  An Endodontist  treats the parts of the tooth that include the pulp (made up of nerve tissue and blood vessels). An endodontist  will perform a root canal which is the removal of infected pulp tissue, and then reshape and clean the tooth’s inside cone shaped area enclosing the tooth’s root.  

An Endodontist is different from a general dentist in that a general dentist is more involved with problems that happen on the outside of the tooth (the enamel). General dentist fix problems by filling cracked enamel or building up the missing part of an otherwise healthy tooth, such as filling a cavity. Endodontists aren’t just relegated to doing root canals. Their other expertise is to implant artificial teeth (dental implants) after a tooth extraction.