what is a periodontist

Maintain the health of your gums by visiting a periodontist at PacificWest Dental Group today!

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function, and aesthetics of these structures and tissues. (Canadian Dental Association)

What Is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist specializing in diagnosing, preventing, and treating periodontal (gum) diseases. After dental school, a periodontist receives extra years of training to become an expert in the supporting structures around the teeth, including gums, bone and connective tissues. Periodontists treat conditions that affect such structures and are essential to preserving and improving your oral health. 

Visiting a periodontist at one of the PacificWest Dental Group offices in the Metro Vancouver area is essential to the health of your gums and the tissues of your mouth. Seeking treatment early decreases the risk of oral and overall health issues, including gum disease. A periodontist can provide specialized cleaning through gum planing and scaling. Through continuous education and up-to-date technology, our team of periodontists can help you keep your gums healthy and improve your overall oral health. Call to book a consultation appointment today.


What Can a Periodontist From PacificWest Dental Group Do for You?

Visiting a periodontist at PacificWest Dental Group is ideal for those suffering from gum issues. Seeing a specialist will determine your condition and suggest the proper treatment procedures. Our team offers various treatments, including:

Gum Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

We diagnose multiple stages of gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis. Your periodontist will measure pocket depths, evaluate gum recession and examine the roots of your teeth. Our team will develop a treatment plan to combat gum disease and prevent its progression following a diagnosis.

Scaling and Root Planing

As a non-surgical procedure known as deep cleaning, this process removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from above and below the gum line. Scaling and root planing stop infection and allow your gum tissue to heal.

Dental Implants

 If you are missing one or more teeth, your periodontist may suggest dental implants. They are natural-looking replacements that integrate with your jawbone to provide stability and functionality. We have extensive experience with implant procedures and place each one carefully for optimal results.

Gum Grafting

Gum disease, genetics, aggressive brushing, and trauma can cause gum recession. When this happens, your periodontist will need to perform a gum grafting procedure. The procedure involves taking tissue from another part of your mouth or using donor tissue to restore the gumline’s appearance and protect exposed tooth roots.

Bone Grafting

When tooth loss or gum disease affects the underlying bone structure, your periodontist may perform bone grafting procedures. These may involve adding bone or bone-like material to the affected areas to stimulate bone growth and provide a solid foundation for dental implants or restore overall bone health.

Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures

Crown lengthening, soft tissue grafting and reshaping uneven gumlines are some procedures your periodontist can perform. They improve the appearance of your smile and help you maintain your periodontal health.

Visiting a periodontist at PacificWest Dental Group is the first step toward proper treatment. We care about our patients and treat their cases with the utmost care. Call one of our offices to book a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontist

Those with a history of gum disease or other periodontal concerns should schedule an appointment every three to four months. Patients with healthy gums should visit every six to twelve months

Local anesthesia is used during periodontal procedures to ensure comfort. Mild discomfort or sensitivity may occur after treatment, but is easily manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers. Follow your periodontist's instructions after your procedure for optimal results.

Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings will keep your gums healthy and strong.

Coverage varies depending on the insurance plan. Many providers cover periodontal treatments, but contacting your provider is the best way to understand the extent of your coverage.

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Pacific West Dental’s Vancouver clinic is located at 182 E 15th Ave, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. The clinic is situated near Main Street and is easily accessible by car or public transit.

If you are taking public transit to the clinic, you can take the Canada Line SkyTrain towards King George and get off at Broadway-City Hall station. From there, take the 99 B-Line bus towards UBC and get off at Main Street and East 15th Avenue. The clinic will be a short walk away.

If you are driving to the clinic, you can take the Cambie Street Bridge and turn left onto Broadway. Continue on Broadway and turn right onto Main Street. Take a left onto East 15th Avenue and the clinic will be on your right-hand side.

Nearby landmarks to Pacific West Dental’s Vancouver location include Main Street, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, and Guelph Park.

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