Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common dental problem that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is typically caused by bacterial infection resulting from poor oral hygiene. Common symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, and tooth sensitivity.
A gum disease specialist, also known as a periodontist, is a dental professional who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases. They receive specialized training beyond general dentistry to effectively manage gum-related conditions.
When you visit a gum disease specialist, they will assess the condition of your gums and develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Treatment options may include:
Periodontists are dentistry's experts in treating periodontal disease. They receive up to three additional years of specialized training in periodontal disease treatment in both non-surgical treatments and periodontal plastic surgery procedures.
Periodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
* Source - 2016 - American Academy of Periodontology