How Does a Periodontist Differ From the Dentist?

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The only way to know what's causing your tooth pain is to seek help from a dental expert who will ask detailed questions and perform diagnostic tests to identify the source of pain. Severe, constant pain and pressure, swelling of the gums, and tooth sensitivity are indicators of a tooth infection, and, in some cases, the need for a periodontist instead of your family dentist.

At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County in State College, PA, we are excited to offer the convenience of an in-house periodontal specialist. If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, learn more from Advanced Dentistry of Centre County when a periodontist is necessary or contact our team to schedule an appointment.

What does a dentist do?

Our dental experts diagnose and treat a wide variety of dental concerns daily. They examine patients, analyze X-rays, and educate State College, PA patients on proper oral care. They remove tooth decay, fill cavities, and repair fractured teeth. They also provide cosmetic treatments, such as dental veneers or tooth bonding. Patients should visit a dentist for:

  • Routine dental exam and professional cleaning
  • Dental X-rays to determine the source of pain and discomfort
  • Tooth decay or cavity treatment
  • Root canal
  • Cosmetic needs for a smile makeover

What does a periodontist do?

A periodontist is a specialist or dental expert in diagnosing, treating, and preventing periodontal disease. A periodontist also typically specializes in dental implant placement to restore lost or missing teeth. Routine exams and cleanings with a dentist help ensure that issues and dental problems are detected early, but those patients experiencing periodontal disease symptoms should see a periodontist as soon as possible. Advanced Dentistry of Centre County can provide the following:

  • Soft tissue removal
  • Sinus lifts
  • Bone grafting
  • Tooth extractions
  • Deep cleaning for gum or periodontal disease
  • Gum contouring, gum grafting, or cosmetic gum contouring
  • Crown lengthening
  • Dental implants

Signs of periodontal disease

Periodontists are dental professionals who attain additional education beyond standard dental school to treat specific oral health issues that can lead to debilitating dental problems, like periodontal disease. In addition to being gum specialists, periodontists can offer various treatments, including root planing and scaling. At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, our in-house dental expert performs restorative and cosmetic periodontal procedures that prioritize both function and aesthetics. Gum disease can be a silent destroyer of a person's oral health because most symptoms don't always appear until more advanced. Some common symptoms are:

  • Bleeding occurs when brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Mouth pain or discomfort
  • Gum recession
  • Halitosis or bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Change bite pattern when chewing, talking, or brushing

A dentist can treat minor gum issues or the early stages of gingivitis or gum disease in some instances. However, State College, PA patients with more severe dental concerns or in the advanced stages of gum disease should seek dental help from a periodontist. At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, we offer an in-house periodontist specializing in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease and dental implant surgery. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact one of our team members today.

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