When it comes to the break down of different kinds of doctors or medical professionals, sometimes the specificity of them all can become rather confusing. When do we need to see an optimoligist and when do we need to go and see an optician? When should we go to the dentist and when should we go to the periodontist? It can all be rather confusing if you do not have a lot of experience or knowledge in the medical field but I am here to hopefully help you figure out at least a little bit of it.
This time around lets start with the periodontist, unless you have had a lot of dental work done yourself you might not have a clear idea of what a periodontist is and what it is that they do. Generally, periodontist specialize in the area of the supporting structures within the mouth as well as different diseases and conditions that affect the teeth such as cementum, alveolar bone and periodontal ligament, and the gingival. All of these things comprise the supporting structures of the mouth which if damaged can affect all sorts of processes like the way that we are able to chew our food and our speech. Since half of speech is the ability to use our voice box and the other half is the ability to make different shapes with our tongues and mouth, if there is a problem with the structure of our mouth or gums, it can place a serious constriction on how we are able to communicate. Being able to communicate with people is one of the highest points of being a human so when we struggle with communication, it can be terribly frustrating.
Periodontists can use any number of tools including most often dental implants in order to recreate your mouth to what it should be in order for it to function as you would like it to. After the dental implants are put in, they should be good to go for the rest of your life but every once and a while they need a little bit of work or a quick fix up which can also be taken care of by your periodontist.
If you think that a periodontist might be able to help you fix something that is wrong or not as you would like with your mouth, the best way to find one in your area is to ask your normal dentist for any sort of recommendation. Usually people in the medical industry have a lot of friends and colleagues in the area that they can recommend. This way you have a good reference for anyone that is going to be fiddling around in your mouth and implanting things inside of your gums and jaw. Of course you also needs to check with your health insurance plan to see if that particular periodontist is covered by your insurance plan or if your insurance plan will even cover your dental work flat out.