Showing posts with label periodontist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label periodontist. Show all posts

Sunday, October 14, 2018

What Is A Periodontist and What Do They Do?

What Is A Periodontist and What Do They Do?  

A periodontist is a dentist with specialized training in gum health and gum disease. They have additional training and specialized skill sets for saving teeth and restoring lost gum tissue when compared to a general dentist.

They most often have the additional moniker after their names:  P.A .   For example, Dr. Whitaker, DDS, PA.

If you have a problem with your gums, you'll want to be under the care of a professional and the most qualified is likely to be a periodontist. If you have any loose adult teeth, this is the kind of specialist you want.

By the way, if you do have any loose adult teeth, this is more or less an urgent situation and you need to get help right away.  Again, you'll want to seek a periodontist over a general dentist.  The skill set is more specialized for this type of problem.

Some things to be concerned about when choosing a periodontist

Unfortunately, in today's world it is 'buyer' or in this case, 'patient' beware!   Periodontists have a pretty cool skill set for saving loose teeth.  They have multiple procedures and options at their disposal.   One interesting one is Emdogain. That's just one example, they have a large bag of tricks to work from.

The number one cause of tooth loss is gum disease and this is what periodontists concern themselves with:  The health and disease of gum tissue.

However, there is a disturbing phenomenon that you need to be aware of when seeking out a periodontist.   Keep in mind that your own, natural teeth, are far superior to anything artificial, including implants.   Many periodontists today, while they have the skillset to save loose teeth may often choose to pull the tooth and install an implant.  There may or may not be economic reasons for this.  It also might be the 'easy' route to take.

Choosing Carefully 

I'm not suggesting that every periodontist or dentist is going to bend in that direction.  What I am saying is that you need to be aware that some do.   This means that you need to ask a lot of questions and be somewhat forceful in that you want your teeth saved and not extracted.  Of course, there may be times when this may not be possible.

This will be hard for you to be sure about from a layman's perspective.  Your best option is to get multiple opinions from different periodontists who don't associate with one another.   Is that a pain and potentially costly to do?   You bet it is.  But saving your own natural teeth, I would argue, is worth the expense and the hassle.

Again, your own natural teeth are superior to any artificial replacement.  Implants can bring their own set of problems.  Sometimes, they don't work out and have to be redone.  They are costly.  They might cause you other troubles too.   This is essentially a metal screw placed into your jaw with an end that looks like a natural tooth - or as close as they can get it to look like one.

I wrote this post to let you know that you may have to look for a good periodontist that is willing to work on saving your teeth rather than pulling and implanting.   You might have to visit several.  You can certainly tell them what you want and don't want.  They will let you know what their 'opinion' is.  You have the option to seek out more 'opinions' from other doctors if you don't like what you hear.   This is an important point to keep in mind when dealing with any medical or dental practitioners or any other professionals, in any field for that matter.

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss bar none.  Unfortunately, many dental professionals will tell you that around 75% of people have gum disease right now, whether they know it or not.  Some quote slightly higher statistics and some lower.  It depends on who you talk to.  But the number of people who have gum disease, whether they know it or not, is not a small number of the population.

It's worth it to learn about this problem.  What are the odds that you or someone in your family may need to know more?  I wrote a book on gum disease called:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease.  The Layman's Guide to Fighting Gum Disease     
One of the most powerful tools that I have found helpful to use is this one.  

However, if you have a loose adult tooth, you should not pass go and you should go directly to a periodontist - like yesterday.   Seriously,  it's an urgent situation.

If you don't have a loose tooth but are concerned about gum disease then the above resources may be helpful to you.   Yet, you should always be under the care of a qualified professional periodontist or dentist if you have or think you might have gum disease or any other dental health issues.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

How To Shrink Periodontal Pockets

Here is a link to the page in the video:  How To Shrink Gum Pockets

This video is all about generalized information.  If you have a specific question about your unique dental health situation, be sure to talk to your periodontist about that.  

The Hydro Floss is a powerful tool that has really helped a lot of people over the last 20 Plus years.  Yet, it remains relatively 'hidden' from the limelight.   

My personal experience is that it helped me to avoid an expensive gum treatment and it helped my gums to become healthy again.  

I'm not the only person that this has worked for.  You can read customer reviews here.  

Of course, your dentist or hygienist will be able to easily verify your results by measuring your periodontal pocket depths after using the Hydro Floss "effectively".   I suggest reading:  How to Use Your Hydro Floss Effectively on this site. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Overland Park, Kansas Periodontist

Dr. Stan Wint is a periodontist in Overland Park, Kansas that I definitely feel comfortable recommending to anyone.  

With years of experience and very caring practice and staff, he is definitely the one to see if you are in Overland Park (or anywhere near there).

I have had some of the best cleanings every from his highly trained hygienists.   They really do a great job.

Dr. Wint has helped a lot of people with their periodontal health, including myself.    His experience and expertise are really top notch. 

You can read more about Dr. Wint here.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Periodontal Disease and Vitamin D

Article source : The Vitamin D Council? 

A website called  The Vitamin D Council has posted an article about vitamin D's relationship to periodontal disease - which they refer to as PD.   :)  

I thought the article raised a few interesting points.  

They are not saying that sunlight exposure and vitamin d supplementation will reverse gum disease. And that is good because I am quite sure that neither would.    Once the bacterial population gets to a certain level - vitamins are not likely to stop them.  

Instead they are pointing out that people with suspected lower levels of vitamin D are more at risk for contracting gum disease.   This may or may not be true.  I don't necessarily doubt it.   It is an interesting correlation to say the least.

Once you know you have gum disease, you should definitely take action and be under the care of skilled and caring periodontist.   A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in gum health and disease.
A good periodontist will work to help save your teeth.


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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lorenzana & Dental Associates

Dr. Rafael Lorenzana is a highly trained dentist who serves patients from around the world at his office in  El Salvador. 

He has completed advanced training in the United States and offers high quality implants.

Other services include but are not limited to: 

Crown and Bridge Work

Sinus Lifts

Cosmetic Dentistry

He has assembled and works with a team of talented doctors and staff including anesthesiologists and a periodontist.  

Their phone number is 1-800-783-0198.

You can read more about Lorenzana & Dental Associates here

And here is a video about Dr. Lorenzana's practice as well:

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stan L Wint Overland Park Periodontist

Great Periodontist - Stan Wint In Overland Park, Kansas

Stan Wint is a very good periodontist in my opinion.  I definitely feel comfortable recommending him to anyone who needs or wants to see a periodontist.

I think he does great work and I do believe he won't steer you in the wrong direction.   He is a very sincere, very experienced periodontist and I think if you need a periodontist, he is the doctor to see.

He shares an office with Dr.  Satheesh.
The Office is located at:
10870 Benson St Suite 2100
Overland Park, KS 66210

The telephone number for the office is: (913) 451-6158 Sheila and Becky usually answer when the office is open.

If you are looking for a good periodontist, Stan is the man.   :)

David Snape

PS:  This is my favorite home use dental health tool.

PPS:  Get your free guides on fighting gum disease and stopping bad breath  

PPPS:  If you are a dentist or periodontist,  send me your information + a picture so that I can post them to this site.    Contact page

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What You Should Know About Gum Disease - Part 14

What You Should Know About Gum Disease - A Layman's Guide To Fighting Gum Disease - Part 14 on Video: 

 Part 15

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About This Video And Book

 This is the continuation of my reading of the book: What You Should Know About Gum Disease -

In this video we touch on the  differences in qualification regarding general dentists and periodontists.   Sometimes, it is very important to choose the right doctor.

Periodontists have extra training (about two years) and gum health and disease is usually the exact focus of their practice.   If you are looking for a more exacting diagnosis and treatment options, I would suggest that it might be best to visit a periodontist.

That is not to say that the general dentist is not able to treat gum disease, they are.   But perhaps the difference can be highlighted in this analogy:  Would you rather go to a general practitioner or a heart specialist when you have a problem with your heart?

Gum Disease Is Everywhere

The unfortunate and perhaps inconvenient truth is that around 75% of people have some gum disease right now.   Most people want to believe they are in the 25% .  Their eyes will gloss over if you mention gum disease.  They would never imagine that they could be included in the majority of people.  

Unfortunately, dental professionals have given us this 75% number.  One need only ask a dental hygienist and she will be able to tell you just how bad it is.   She sees it every day.  

People are lacking the right information 

Gum disease is simple but it is also very complex.  It is simple to understand what it is, relatively speaking.  But fighting it is a bit more complex. 

You see, every human body is different.   That means it takes a different amount of effort from each person to control this problem to the point that it is no longer causing damage in your mouth.  

Each person is different.  Some people can honestly get away with normal brushing and flossing and they are fine.   Others, need to do a lot more every day to keep their gums healthy. 

Since most people are probably brushing and flossing, it is easy to understand that brushing and flossing, do not work for everyone.   Otherwise, the 75% figure could not exist.  

I have also found that many people just don't undertstand the basic facts about this disease.  If they did, they would certainly have  a better chance of defeating the problem.   In this case, it is really true that ignorance is not bliss!  

I hope that you will now take the time to educate yourself and be better equipped to protect yourself and your family against this problem. 

 Part 13 is available here 

Part 15 here


 PS:  Get your free guides on fighting gum disease and stopping bad breath  

part 14 of the video series :  What You Should Know About Gum Disease