Has your general dentist recommended that you see a periodontist? Are you concerned that you might have severe periodontal disease (periodontitis)? Fortunately, the Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group include experienced specialists for all your periodontal needs. For patients harboring periodontal disease of any level, there is a high risk for developing periodontitis without the help of a proactive dental team such as Riverside Dental Group. We provide attentive and thorough care to patients of all levels, with all sorts of dental needs. Our specialists can help with orthodontics, endodontics (root canals) and periodontics.

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a specialist who has embarked upon additional education for treating severe periodontal infections. Periodontists diagnose and treat all forms of gum disease. Gum disease is one of the most prevalent dental conditions we see in our office. Periodontitis is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

Which Patients Require a Periodontist?

General dentists are trained to diagnose and address periodontal disease. However, patients with periodontitis usually require additional treatments in order to maintain their oral health and reduce the discomfort which often accompanies periodontitis. If your case is severe enough, your general dentist may recommend visiting a periodontist who will have the specialized skills to treat your case. This may also be prudent if you have certain medical conditions or higher risks factors for developing severe gum disease. For example, if you are a patient with diabetes or a heavy tobacco user, visiting a periodontist may help prevent the development or advancement of gum disease to a point where you have tooth loss or permanent jaw damage.

Managing Periodontitis

Periodontitis is an aggressive infection of your gingival tissues (gums). Periodontal infections can destroy bone mass in your jawbone and cause permanent tooth loss. To manage severe gum disease, professional treatments relieve discomfort. Scaling and root planing (sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning) will include thoroughly cleaning the deep pockets which develop between gum tissues and jawbone when you have severe gum disease. That said, a good periodontist always keeps patient comfort in mind. Our specialists apply state of the art technology and a gentle nature to help improve your oral health.

Visit your Riverside Dentist

If you are in need of a periodontist, contact our Riverside dentist office at (951) 369-1001 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.