Periodontists, soft tissue experts, gum doctors…what do all of these terms have in common? They refer to a type of dental specialist who specifically focuses on treating conditions related to your gingiva, or gum tissue.
Gum doctors provide additional tissue therapies that aren’t usually found in a traditional dental office. If you need a gum graft, pocket reduction, treatment for advanced gum disease, or even laser therapy, a periodontist will probably be your dental specialist of choice. Since they perform these advanced services on a day-to-day basis and have the technology on hand to do so, you know the future of your smile is in great hands.
What is a Gum Doctor/Periodontist?
Dr. Javier Sanz is a periodontal specialist. In addition to completing four years of dental school, periodontists (gum specialists) undergo an additional 2-3 years of formal education related specifically to the health of gum and supporting bone tissues around teeth.
Periodontists like our gum expert in Wilmington, Delaware are one of only a handful of dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Not only is Dr. Sanz board certified, but he has also achieved Diplomate status from the American Board of Periodontology.
Why Should I See a Gum Specialist?
Most people see their general dentist for routine checkups and dental cleanings. Your family provider is equipped with the basic resources necessary to treat conditions like mild to moderate gum disease. But if your oral health condition has progressed into something severe, or there are localized areas of advanced gum disease, your family dentist may not have the specialized equipment to effectively treat that area. So, they refer you to our Sussex County gum doctor.
Working with a periodontal expert can help you to halt aggressive gum disease before more serious side-effects develop, such as loss of multiple teeth, changes in the shape of your smile, aggressive reconstruction, or even a negative impact on your overall health. That’s right: periodontitis statistically raises your risk of serious medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Infertility, pre-term labor, and ED
Maybe your oral health is the last thing on your mind because of other medical conditions. These co-existing diagnoses may actually be playing off of one another. Treating your dental disease could help jump-start your immune system. All it takes is seeing a gum specialist to find out how to get started.
When to See Our Wilmington Gum Expert
It’s crucial to see a periodontal specialist if you’re battling chronic gum disease, aren’t responding to conventional dental care, or at risk of losing your teeth. If your current oral health includes symptoms of bleeding gums, gum recession, loose teeth, or bone loss on your X-rays, then seeing our Wilmington gum doctor could help you save your smile.
No referrals are necessary, but if you already have a dentist, we’ll be more than happy to collaborate your care as a team. Call Southern Delaware Dental Specialists in Sussex County today to reserve your first appointment.