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Why see a periodontist?

Periodontists focus on treating disease and disorders related to the gums. If you have periodontal disease or are concerned about the health of your gums, a periodontist can help.

Periodontal diseases can range from gum inflammation to serious infections that can cause major damage to the tissue and bone that support the teeth. Periodontal disease can begin due to a lack of routine dental care.

If the plaque and tartar that are formed on teeth aren’t removed, they can become harmful and cause gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. When gingivitis is not treated, it can become periodontitis or inflammation around the tooth. When this happens, the gums begin to separate from the teeth and form pockets that can become infected.

What is a periodontist?

Periodontists are licensed dentists who have advanced training in fixing the health of patients with diseased or infected gums. They have completed four years of dental school and three years of advanced endodontic training. WVU Dental Care offers two treatment clinics with care from either WVU dental faculty or WVU graduate dentists. Our graduate dentists, who are currently in advanced training, provide treatment under the oversight of our experienced, board-certified faculty. Our team helps restore beautiful and healthy smiles.

When should I see a periodontist?

You should see a periodontist if you believe your gums might be infected. Some symptoms of periodontal disease include gums bleeding while eating or brushing, loose teeth, or gum recession. A periodontist can examine your teeth and offer treatment options. If you have teeth missing or if a tooth needs to be removed, a periodontist can help with dental implants.

Our clinic offers the following procedures:

  • Scaling and root planning
  • Surgical treatment
  • Placing dental implants
  • Tissue grafts and other cosmetic procedures
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