Five Warning Signs That You Must See a Periodontist (Immediately)


Periodontists specialize in treating specific oral health issues that can lead to debilitating dental problems. To determine whether you need to see a Periodontists, consider the following.

When you Should See a Periodontist

Research shows 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease. Does that mean all of these people need to see a periodontist?
In some cases, a family dentist can effectively treat the early symptoms of gum disease and other related oral disease, as long as the problem hasn’t past a certain point. If you are not sure whether your oral health issue is severe enough to require treatment from a periodontist, look for the
following five signs:

Do you have red, swollen or bleeding gums?

Bleeding or swollen gums is one of the most obvious signs that you should visit a periodontist. Watch closely to see if your gums are bleeding when you floss or brush. If they do, seek input from a qualified periodontist, so you can address relatively minor issues before they evolve into painful and expensive problems.

Do your teeth feel loose?

If you have noticed that your teeth have begun to feel a little loose, you should visit a periodontist. Even if you think it is just your imagination, it is a good idea to schedule an examination since this could be a very early sign of serious gum disease and underlying bone damage.

Are your gums receding?

Although our gums naturally recede as we age, it shouldn’t be very noticeable. If you think your teeth look longer when you look in the mirror, this could be a sign of advanced gum recession resulting from periodontal disease. There are various methods in regeneration of the reduced gum such as gum graft or more advanced gum graft techniques such as “pin hole surgery”. Book an appointment with Vancouver Dental Speciality Clinic in Point Grey Vancouver to have your gums examined by experts.

Do you have pain and discomfort?

Oral pain can usually be traced to a specific tooth. If you notice discomfort around or underneath your gums, it could be a sign of a serious issue. You should schedule a comprehensive examination with a periodontist to uncover the root of the problem and have it treated in time.

Have you noticed a change in your bite?

If your teeth feel different while chewing or brushing, you should see a periodontist. Different bite patterns can point towards specific issues which can cause long term problems without proper treatment. Change in the bite may happen due to migration and mobility of teeth in relation to gum/periodontal disease. Periodontists are expert specialists in recognizing and treatment of disease can cause periodontal bone loss.

Why You Need to See a Periodontist and Not a Dentist!

Traditional dentists can diagnose and treat a wide range of oral health issues. However, periodontists are specialized in the placement of dental implants and the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Vancouver Dental Specialty Clinic at 604.336.0958 or


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