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Periodontists in Reno, Nevada

As many as 42.2% of American adults 30 or older have periodontal disease. Even in the early stages, periodontal disease requires treatment from a licensed periodontist.

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What does a periodontist do?

A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in the gums and other supporting structures of your teeth. In addition to a four-year degree in dentistry, a periodontist will have a license that requires three extra years of training. They handle patients that are either at risk of or already have periodontitis.

Non-surgical services:

Treatment methods for gum disease vary depending on the severity. Less severe cases require special attention and deep teeth cleanings. Severe cases can require one or more surgical procedures.



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Periodontal maintenance 

Due to the fact that gum disease is likely to reoccur, periodontal maintenance will be required indefinitely after diagnosis. This includes:

  • Assessment of risk factors: Check in with your periodontist every three to six months to discuss your health, diet, tobacco use, and how often you should receive deep dental cleanings
  • Deep teeth cleaning – scaling and root planing: Sometimes called a periodontal cleaning, deep teeth cleaning is similar to routine cleaning, but also includes measuring the pockets under your gum line and cleaning deeper under the gum line (root planing). This tends to require local anesthesia.
  • Oral cancer exam: Some medical evidence suggests that gum disease (particularly severe gum disease) is a risk factor for oral cancer. Checking for pre-cancerous indicators is an important part of care.

Surgical services: 

According to the ADA, in more severe gum disease cases, gum loss and tooth loss can become a problem. In these cases (or if a tooth is beyond repair), restorative oral surgeries can be performed, including:

  • Extractions 
  • Dental implants
  • Gum grafting 
  • Bone grafting
  • Pocket reduction surgery — when the tissue infected with gingivitis is folded back, bacteria is removed, and then the tissue is stitched back on

Other restorative and cosmetic periodontal surgeries that may be performed are:

  • Crown lengthening — when a tooth breaks too close to the gum line so a periodontist takes some of your bone and tissue from a different area to make your dental crowns fit properly
  • Smile lift — a procedure in which your periodontist shifts gum and bone to be more aesthetically pleasing

Periodontal FAQs

A periodontist is a dentist that is also specialized in gums and periodontal disease.

Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is a critical gum infection that affects the soft tissues surrounding the teeth and can damage the jaw bone.

A dentist will have to officially diagnose you with gum disease, but some symptoms of gum disease to look out for include the following:

  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that appear bright red, purple, or dark red
  • Gums that feel sensitive when touched
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that puss
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • A change in your bite
  • Extra space between your teeth that may look like tiny triangles

The following factors can increase your chances of developing gum disease:

  • Inadequate oral hygiene practices
  • Gingivitis
  • Tobacco use
  • Smoking of any kind, including vaping
  • Genetics
  • Menopause and pregnancy
  • Being obese
  • Improper nutrition (especially low vitamin C)
  • Low immunity from cancer treatments, HIV/AIDS, or leukemia
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or Crohn’s disease
  • Medications that cause dry mouth

Gum disease can be prevented by:

  • Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day
  • Flossing your teeth at least once a day before you brush
  • Getting regular dental checkups and cleanings

Periodontal services with Absolute Dental

A periodontist holds a mirror up to his patient who's smiling.

Gum disease is a serious and rather common condition. Luckily, it is also avoidable in many cases and very treatable with the right dental treatment plan and lifestyle changes. 

Whether you’re looking for periodontal treatment, general dentistry, affordable braces, cosmetic dentistry, or oral surgery services, you can find comprehensive dental care at Absolute Dental.


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