Ever wondered when it’s time to pay a visit to a periodontist and what awaits you during your appointment? Let’s explore this journey with Dr. Marc L. Nevins, an esteemed periodontist in Boston and the owner of Nevins Dental Center. As a Master Clinician recognized by the American Academy of Periodontology, Dr. Nevins combines his extensive education, experience, and cutting-edge expertise in periodontal and dental implant care. In this guide, we’ll explore when to visit a periodontist and what to expect.
The Role of a Periodontist
As periodontists, Dr. Nevins and his team specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease) and excel in the art of dental implants. With three additional years of training beyond dental school, they’re well-prepared to tackle challenging cases.
When Is It Time to Meet a Periodontist?
While some general dentists handle minor periodontal issues, Dr. Nevins and his team shine in complex cases. For intricate dental implant procedures, many general dentists turn to these specialists.
And speaking of their skills, Dr. Nevins and his team also offer specialized services like:
- Scaling and root planing: A deep cleaning for teeth/tooth roots.
- Laser Periodontal Surgery: LANAP
- Oral inflammation treatment: Addressing gum inflammation.
- Cosmetic periodontal procedures: Enhancing your smile.
- Soft tissue grafting: connective tissue graft; free gingival graft; alloderm grafting
Your First Visit to a Periodontist
Get ready for your first visit to Dr. Nevins and his team. They’ll review your medical and dental history and want to know about any medications or health conditions relevant to your periodontal care. During your visit, your gums will be thoroughly examined, your biting action assessed, and loose teeth checked. They might measure those mysterious periodontal pockets between your teeth and gums. X-rays may also be taken to check the bone beneath your gum line.
Why You Might Be Referred to a Periodontist
For Periodontal Treatment:
Periodontal disease can affect anyone. If it’s lurking in your gums, Dr. Nevins and his team are the experts you need. Research even links periodontal disease to issues like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, highlighting the importance of expert care.
- Bleeding, swollen, or receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Changes in your bite (how your teeth meet)
- Gum-related pain or discomfort
For Dental Implants:
Dr. Nevins and his team are dental implant experts, thanks to their deep knowledge of both hard and soft tissues in your mouth. Think of them as architects and builders for your toothy skyscrapers.
You might need their skills if:
- Gums are receding
- Have blereding gums or told have periodontal disease
- In need of dental implants
- Need to have an extraction and bone graft: this can be cdone with minimally invasive techniques with growth-factor therapy
Dr. Nevins’ dedication to excellence and cutting-edge techniques ensures you’re receiving top-tier periodontal and dental implant care. Now that you’re informed about when to consider a visit to a periodontist and what to anticipate, you’re on the path to a healthier smile with us at Nevins Dental Center.