You might think that visiting just any dental professional is fine when it comes to your oral health. It is true that you should get in for a dental checkup at least every six months, and Dr. Amar Katranji and the staff at Michigan Implants & Periodontics highly encourage this. However, there are times when it is advantageous to see a specialist like a periodontist, particularly if you are currently suffering from gum disease.
They Go Through Advanced Training That Dentists Do Not
Periodontists are dental specialists, which means they go through advanced training that a general dentist does not. In addition to the schooling that dentists complete, periodontists must also complete education in periodontics, or the study of the gums and gum disease.
They Know All About Gums and Gum Disease
Naturally, this advanced study of the gums gives periodontists special insight into treating issues such as periodontitis, another name for gum disease. While a dentist can help with general treatment, advanced periodontitis may require intervention from a specialist to get it under control. In this case, a dentist will often refer a patient to a periodontist because of this specialized training and education.
They Can Usually Help With Implants, Dental Surgery, and More
In addition to treating gum issues, many periodontists are trained with advanced techniques such as placing dental implants and performing surgery such as a gum graft. If you are concerned that your teeth are looking too long or you are missing teeth and are looking for solutions, periodontists may be able to help you find a solution to restore your smile and protect your remaining teeth.
Learn More at a Consultation
You can visit a periodontist like Dr. Katranji for your regular dental checkup needs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you meet your oral health goals.