It is not surprising that many people do not know the difference between a regular dentist and a periodontist and think they both are one and the same. If you are one of those people then do not let the periodontist know that because they spend around 3 extra years on earning training and education in order to become a periodontist. Everyone usually has a dentist but they do not generally have a periodontist that they visit. A periodontist treats the structures of the teeth i.e. any problems with the jaw or jawbone and dental implants.
Even though a dentist can do this too but a periodontist is a specialist who would be able to deal with all kinds of complicated cases and diseases. You should know that not every clinic offers the services of a periodontist but some like Perio Health Partners do so while you are on your search for a periodontist, make sure that the clinic that you choose employs a good one. We would recommend that a person visits a periodontist once a year for a routine checkup but in some cases, you might need to visit one immediately and these cases are:
- If you are having issues with your gums then it is time that you go to a periodontist like if your gums are bleeding, sore, tender or are not sticking to the teeth then it means that there is something wrong with them.
- Bad breath is often a sign of a persisting gum disease and it is necessary to get it treated.
- If you are noticing that you are chewing in a different way or if your bite is not the same anymore then it is necessary to see a periodontist.