When to See a Periodontist? Watch Out for These 4 Signs

Oral or dental health is a critical aspect of overall health and well-being for people of all ages. However, over their lives, most people will experience some trouble with their teeth and gums. Getting the help you need in a timely manner is critical to maintaining healthy gums and teeth as well as avoiding disease and tooth loss. If you are looking for a periodontist in Sugar Land, TX, contact Dr. Bret Dyer for a consultation today.

A periodontist is a dentist who has undergone special training to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition resulting from inflammation of the gums and jawbone. A periodontist also helps to install dental implants. If you’re experiencing any of the four symptoms below, it may be time to head over to your periodontist’s office.


If you’re experiencing toothache from cavities or other causes, you may be a candidate for tooth extraction. While a dentist is trained to perform conventional extraction, some advanced surgical techniques may be required, e.g., jawbone regeneration which a periodontist is specially trained to handle. If you also need dental implants, you can benefit from the expertise of a periodontist to install them on the same day as your tooth extraction to prevent any surgical complications.

Periodontal Disease

As stated earlier, periodontists are specially trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Below are the most common symptoms of periodontitis. If you’re currently experiencing any of these, please seek help immediately.

  • Swollen gums, sometimes appearing red in color
  • Tenderness in the gums
  • Bleeding gums, sometimes after brushing your teeth
  • Bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Pus (a yellowish milky substance in the gums)
  • Gum recession (this occurs when your gums pull away further from your teeth creating a gap that makes the teeth look “longer” than normal
  • Shaky or loose teeth around the gums

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can result from a variety of factors. The most common causes are worn-down tooth enamel or tooth roots being exposed. Pain from sensitive teeth usually occurs when performing everyday activities, such as biting, chewing, brushing, and eating. For example, you may experience sharp pain whenever you have a cold drink, bite into an apple, or even while brushing or flossing your teeth. Tooth sensitivity causes pain at the root of the teeth and occurs occasionally or regularly.

Bone Loss

Your jawbones are essential structures in your oral cavity that support the teeth and gums. In a situation where there is jawbone loss, it can affect your ability to bite or chew normally. The most common cause is tooth extraction. The reason is that pulling a tooth creates a vacuum and your body compensates for it by “shedding” some jawbone in that area since there is no more use for it. If you feel you are having jawbone loss or deterioration following an extraction, please consult your periodontist for expert advice and/or dental intervention.

Periodontist in Sugar Land: Contact Dr. Bret Dyer for help with dental issues

Dr. Dyer and his team at Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology in Sugar Land, TX, offer dental consultations and cutting-edge treatments for a broad range of dental issues. Dr. Dyer is an experienced periodontist with decades of experience in the field specializing in treatments for cavities, dental disorders, as well as cosmetic procedures. For more information concerning our services, please contact us online or call us at (281) 980-2344.

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Fort Bend Periodontics & Implantology

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