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Why Did My Dentist Refer Me to a Periodontist?

Whether you’ve kept your regular appointments or just saw your dentist for the first time in years, a referral to a periodontist can be a bit surprising and perhaps even a little confusing. So keep reading to find out everything you need to know about periodontists and why your dentist may have referred you to one.


What is a Periodontist?

Basically, a periodontist is a dentist who is considered an expert or specialist in the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of various types of periodontal disease. However, they also generally specialize in placing permanent bridges and dental implants and will sometimes perform required gum surgery, oral plastic surgery, or cosmetic surgical procedures limited to your gums.

If your dentist believes you are experiencing periodontal disease they will likely recommend that you see a periodontist. In addition, your comprehensive oral healthcare regimen should include regular visits to your general dentistry provider as well as a periodontist. Routine examinations and checkups help ensure that any problems are detected early.


What is Periodontal Disease?

Despite being very common among both adults and children, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is easily preventable. It can range from minor to severe and is actually pretty much determined by the quality and consistency of your at-home oral care.  

When your guns are healthy, each tooth is attached to your gums and bone by attachment fibers within the gum tissue. Infection of your gums caused by bacteria can lead to a buildup of tartar and plaque that widens the space between the tooth and those attachment fibers. This expansion is what’s known as a periodontal pocket and it works as a home for more plaque and bacteria as it continues to grow. If this condition is left untreated, it can cause your gum to become inflamed or infected, which can cause the severity of the conditions to increase or even tooth loss.


Where to Turn

If you’re in or around Medford or Grants Pass, Oregon, and your dentist referred you to a periodontist or you haven’t been to one in a while, Ferrin Periodontics and Implants is the call you’re going to want to make. Our exceptional staff provides comprehensive periodontal care ranging from dental implants to cosmetic periodontal surgery and gum grafting and we specialize in all phases of periodontal treatment, including laser, dental implants, and gum disease treatment. Come see how the professionals at Ferrin Periodontics will help you.