What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who graduated from an accredited dental school and continues to study for three years in a periodontology residency training program. The periodontist specializes in treating conditions that affect the soft tissues and underlying jawbone in your mouth. Dr. Andrew C. Dreyer and Dr. Michael Ha practiced both surgical and nonsurgical treatments of periodontal disease, which may include soft tissue and bone graft procedures, placement of dental implants, and pre-restorative surgical procedures.
A periodontist focuses on preventing periodontal disease, diagnosing problems involving the gums and jaw bone, and treating periodontitis, gingivitis, and bone loss. He or she can do so by addressing the bacterial cause of the disease, providing surgical and non-surgical options of treatment, and educating his or her patients on how to effectively clean the teeth and keep up good oral hygiene. A periodontist can also treat gum recession, which is where a patient’s gums move away from the tooth, making the tooth look longer than natural.
Our periodontist is able to perform all of these treatments and preventive measures and also treat gum deficiencies, replace missing teeth, help with bone loss, and treat autoimmune conditions that are affecting the oral cavity.
To meet your periodontists in Bakersfield, California, Dr. Andrew C. Dreyer and Dr. Michael Ha, call our office today and set up an appointment!
When to See a Periodontist
Are you not sure whether or not you need to schedule an appointment to see your periodontist? Well, our team is here to inform you!
There are a few signs you may notice that will allow you to know if you have issues that our doctors need to fix. These signs, symptoms, and conditions include:
- Constant bad breath: You struggle with having bad breath at every minute of the day, even after you have brushed your teeth or when you are taking part in a rigorous oral hygiene program.
- Loose teeth and gum recession: If your gums are moving away from your teeth, making them look longer than natural teeth do, and you are in pain when you chew because your teeth are not strong in their places, you could be suffering from periodontal disease.
- Bleeding while eating or brushing: Your gums continuously bleed without explanation while consuming food or cleaning your teeth.
- Related health conditions: There are several other health problems, like heart disease and diabetes, that are associated with periodontitis and periodontal disease. Doing some research about the related diseases will help you understand if this is something you should be worried about and if seeing a periodontist is the right thing to do.
Now, remember: there are situations where the symptoms are not apparent. If you would like to find out more about the symptoms of periodontal disease or if you should meet with your periodontist in Bakersfield, California, call our office today!