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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are periodontal diseases?

    Periodontal diseases are conditions that can have damaging effects to the gums, supporting bone tissue, and ligaments that anchor the teeth in place.
  2. How is a periodontist different from a dentist?

    A periodontist is a dental professional who has received additional training that certifies them to specialize in periodontic procedures and treatments. After the completion of dental school and additional hospital experience, most periodontists complete three or more years of postdoctoral education.
  3. When do dentists refer patients to periodontists?

    Patients are referred by their general dentist to a periodontist to guarantee they receive the best quality of care for conditions that require a more specialized degree of expertise.
  4. How do my general dentist and periodontist work together to treat me?

    Your general dentist and periodontist will work together from the point of initial development of dental treatment plans, to completion of care including any reconstructive procedures.  Once oral health has been achieved they typically continue to communicate through ongoing post-treatment maintenance and care.

        FAQ's about Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Gum Recession

  1. What is gingivitis?

    Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, usually caused by a negative reaction to the bacterial biofilm that grows on the surface of the teeth sometimes referred to as plaque.
  2. What are symptoms of gingivitis?

    Puffy, red, swollen, bleeding gums are common signs of gingivitis.
  3. How is gingivitis detected?

    Simple visual examination can reveal the signs of gingivitis. Rubbing on the gumline may also cause minor bleeding.
  4. What is periodontitis?

    Advanced gingivitis occurs when inflammation advances deeper into the gumline causing loss of supporting bone tissue , the disease is then called periodontitis.
  5. Does gingivitis lead to periodontitis?

    Gingivitis does not always develop into periodontitis, however it is highly uncommon for periodontitis not to be preceded by some form gingivitis.
  6. What are common symptoms of periodontitis?

    Early periodontitis might not have any symptoms. Eventually bad breath (halitosis), increasing space between the teeth, loose teeth or severe aching pain around the teeth may be experienced by the patient. Also, abscess can form between the roots and gums or jaw bone in advanced cases.
  7. How is periodontitis normally detected?

    Your periodontist will examine your mouth, checking for diseased tissue and gum recession, evaluate your bite alignment and check for any loosening teeth. A small measuring instrument will be gently placed between the teeth roots and gums to determine the depth of those spaces. Sometimes X-rays will be taken.
  8. How does periodontitis cause tooth loss?

    Loss of tooth supporting bone tissue is a common symptom of periodontitis. If not treated, patients may experience unbearable pain combined with uncomfortably loose or abscessed teeth.
  9. What is gum recession?

    Recession is a condition characterized by movement of the gumline away from the tooth crown.
  10. What are common symptoms of gum recession?

    Tooth roots that are exposed or sensitive to temperature, sweets or touch, increased build up of debris or calculus on the roots, or root decay all are symptoms of recession.
  11. How is gum recession detected?

    Direct measurements of recession can be made in the mouth with small, precision instruments..
  12. How does gum recession affect teeth?

    When the roots of teeth are exposed, their susceptibility to decay and periodontal disease is significantly increased. It's also responsible for loss of supporting bone tissue which causes teeth to become loose.
  13. Can a misaligned bite be related periodontal disease?

    Bite problems can cause significant loss of supporting bone tissue, and in some cases advanced periodontitis might even speed up the process.

About Dr. Satlin

Dr. Satlin graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Sciences degree. He received his D.D.S. from the prestigious Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific and went on to the University of Southern California for his residency in Periodontics. Dr. Satlin received the annual student award for outstanding achievements in periodontics from the American Academy of Periodontology and is board certified. more

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