Periodontists are oral health experts whose specialty is to prevent, diagnose, or treat different gum diseases. The periodontists also perform other oral treatments such as tooth planning and scaling.
If you’re looking for a dedicated oral care and dental treatment program, your main focus should be to choose a certified oral care clinic. If you’re in Singapore, book an appointment with An Dental to get a personalized oral and dental care or treatment plan.
When to See a Qualified Periodontist in Singapore
It is estimated that oral diseases afflict around 3.5 billion people worldwide. If you have any form of oral complication that’s bothering you, visiting a periodontist is a wiser option if you want a long-lasting or permanent solution to gum diseases.
If you doubt whether visiting a periodontist is the right option, here are a few things you should look out for.
If Your Gums are Bleeding, Red, or Swollen
You won’t see blood when flossing or brushing your teeth if your gums are healthy. Therefore if you see traces of blood when you floss or brush your teeth, your best bet would be to get a quick medical checkup by certified periodontists in Singapore. They will examine your teeth and address any minor complications before they get out of hand.
If you feel that your Teeth is Loose
Loose teeth aren’t something you can afford to overlook or simply brush aside. In most cases, this is a red flag for a severe infection like periodontitis or thinning bone.
Be sure to book a medical checkup as soon as possible. Your periodontist will help you determine if it is underlying bone damage or early-stage gum disease and address it appropriately.
If you get Weird Bites
You already know how your teeth feel when talking, chewing, or brushing. If you notice any slight change, it would be better to have the teeth checked by an experienced periodontist.
They’ll examine your teeth structure and condition of the gums then determine the possible reasons for the change. After that, they’ll advise you approximately on the right treatment options you may need to look into to address the problem.
Pain and/or Discomfort
Usually, simple oral pains may be quickly traced back to an individual tooth. However, if you’re feeling the discomfort or pain beneath the gums, within the gums, or around it, you could be dealing with a severe dental complication.
A full dental and oral checkup will help you pinpoint the possible root cause of that pain or discomfort. Experienced periodontists will help you manage the problem on time and also advise you on the best next course of action for a full recovery.
Receding gums as we age is a natural thing. However, it becomes a concern if you notice that your teeth are much longer than usual when you look at them in the mirror. If your teeth are visibly receding, you could be having an advanced gum recession due to periodontal disease.
How Painful is Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal surgery may be recommendable for treating severe gum conditions or diseases like periodontitis or givingitis. The procedure, which is also known as gum surgery, will help treat gum disease and address possible damages it may have caused by;
- Clearing the bacteria and infection.
- Avoiding further tooth loss.
- Regenerating damaged tissues and bones.
- Reducing the black triangles (these are gum gaps that can be seen between teeth).
Now, the periodontal surgical procedure your dental surgeon will choose will be influenced by the type of gum disease and how severe it may have progressed.
Depending on the condition, they may do a deep clean on the gums and use a procedure that’s medically referred to as deep scaling to eliminate the bacteria and clear tartar from the gums and teeth.
To remove tartar on the roots and limit further tartar and bacteria buildup, they may also use a procedure known as root planning to smooth the teeth’s root surfaces. Once done, they progress to doing any of these procedures;
- Flap surgery
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Bone grafting, or tissue grafting.
You may feel pain when the doctors perform surgical procedures that involve gingival grafts, frenectomy/gingivectomy, or opening of flaps. Therefore, the doctors will use an anesthetic to make you partially or fully asleep during the operation.
If it isn’t a really complicated periodontal treatment, though, they may just use a local anesthetic for numbing the gums. After the procedure, you will experience what is known as postoperative pain within 48 hours after the surgery. This pain is normal and should resolve progressively as you proceed with the healing process.
If you want to avoid constant dental and oral complications, be sure to maintain high oral hygiene levels. It would also be better if you regularly visit your dentist for regular checkups.
However, if you have a dental problem that you suspect to have progressed further, we can help you out. Visit our facility or call us today, and we’ll help you do a full dental and oral checkup then advice you appropriately on the best next course of action.