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Periodontal disease is one of the most widespread illnesses affecting adults, with recent reports showing that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 20 suffer from some form of the condition. In addition to causing problems like oral infections, gum recession, and tooth loss, periodontal disease has also been linked to serious illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Because gum disease is so dangerous, visiting with a Fishers periodontist regularly is crucial for the health of your mouth and your body.

What is a Periodontist?

As one of only nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, periodontics focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease, as well as the placement and maintenance of dental implants. In order to master these complicated subjects, periodontists train for an additional three years after they have already graduated from traditional dental school.

Like other specialists, periodontists are often faced with solving the most serious oral health problems. In addition to eradicating the bacteria that cause gum disease, periodontists are also charged with the task of restoring the teeth, helping patients to learn how to care for their teeth, and preventing future oral health challenges by implementing preventive changes.

How Can My Fishers Periodontist Help?

In addition to having a firm grasp on general, preventive, and restorative dentistry, periodontists can also help with these things:

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What is A Periodontist?

The goal of the American Board of Periodontology is to document excellence in the profession.

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Who Should Visit a Periodontist?

The American Academy of Periodontology recommends visiting with a certified periodontist at least once a year for a comprehensive periodontal exam, and more frequently if you have had problems with gum disease in the past. During these annual exams, your periodontist will carefully evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, oral tissues, palate, and underlying jawbone. Periodontists also measure the depth of periodontal pockets during the exam to check for gum disease, along with evaluating your bite and looking for loose teeth. If your Fishers periodontist determines that you have gum disease, he talk with you about the extent of your condition, what can be done to reverse it, and which treatments would be most effective.

You should also visit a periodontist if you suspect any sign of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, swollen oral tissues, gum recession, tooth loss, or a changing face shape. Periodontists, such as Dr. Edwards, work hand in hand with referring dentists to create a customized treatment plan for each patient.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If it has been longer than a year since you have visited with your periodontist, call or use our online form to make an appointment today. By getting regular periodontal exams and focusing on the health of your teeth and gums, you can prevent ongoing health problems and keep your smile beautiful. Dr. Edwards is currently accepting new patients.