These dentists have additional, specialized training in gum health and gum disease. They are exceptional in this field because it is also what they practice on a daily basis.
A periodontist can often save teeth that ‘general’ dentists say have to be pulled. However, the consumer has to be on his guard because there is big money in placing implants and even periodontists are not immune to the lure of this type of procedure.
If you are told that you need a tooth pulled, be sure to get several opinions. The right periodontist, if you can find her, can often save your teeth.
Hard cases will most likely require surgery. The periodontist has a number of techniques at her disposal to replace lost bone tissue. Therefore, do not give in to the idea of getting your teeth pulled unless you are sure that there is no hope.
Personally, based on what I know, I’m certain that in most cases you can find a periodontist who will help you if you look hard enough. This is, after all, their specialty.
It is best not to lose your natural teeth. Implants have a fairly high failure rate. You often have to wait 6 months or longer before they can ‘try’ again. The jaw will begin to lose bone mass when it does not have a tooth to support. It is a vicious cycle that you should avoid at all costs.
Please remember my words: Get several opinions before letting anyone pull your teeth. Dentures and implants are not perfect solutions. Your natural teeth are best suited for your mouth and body.
David Snape is the author of What You Should Know about Gum Disease
Disclaimer: This post is for information only. It does not intend to provide advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have or think you might have a health problem of any kind, visit a doctor or dentist for advice, diagnosis and treatment. I am not a dental professional.