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If you suffer from chronic gum pain and tenderness, you may have a condition that your general dentist cannot treat. If this is the case, your dentist will refer you to a periodontist. If you are looking for a qualified Whistler periodontist, consider the Dental Specialists of Whistler, British Columbia.

What Does a Periodontist Treat?

A periodontist specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, e.g., conditions that affect the bones of the mouth and the gums. Dentists who specialize in this area of dentistry undergo specialized training in the treatment of periodontal disease and performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists are also trained in placing, maintaining and repairing dental implants.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the structures surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis is a symptom of early stage periodontal disease that is characterized by tenderness, redness and swelling of the gums. Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a severe gum infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. This can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is also associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Fortunately, both gingivitis and periodontitis are preventable by adapting and maintaining good oral habits. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily and get regular dental checkups to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Regular dental checkups also allow you to spot dental problems early — before they become a detriment to your oral health.

What Type of Treatments Do Periodontists Provide?

Periodontists are experts in performing a variety of periodontal treatments, which include:

  • Dental implants
  • Dental crown lengthening
  • Gum graft surgery
  • Laser treatment
  • Pocket reduction procedures
  • Non-surgical treatments (scaling and root planing, tray delivery systems)
  • Regenerative procedures