When to See a Periodontist

Periodontal treatment may be sought in several ways. Your general dentist, Dr. Beall or Dr. Christopher, or a doctor or hygienist at another office, may recommend a consultation with a periodontist specialist like our Dr. Patricia L. Blanton, DDS, MS, PhD, if they find signs of periodontal disease through the course of a checkup or other dental care appointment. You may also decide to see a Dr. Blanton on your own as a referral is not necessary to be seen at our office.

In fact, if you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office without delay:

  • Bleeding while brushing or eating normal foods. Unexplained bleeding while performing regular cleaning or consuming food is the most common sign of a periodontal infection.
  • Bad breath. Ongoing halitosis (bad breath), which continues despite rigorous oral cleaning, can point to periodontitis, gingivitis, or the beginnings of a gum infection.
  • Loose teeth and gum recession. Longer-looking and loose-feeling teeth can indicate recession of the gums and/or bone loss as a result of periodontal disease.
  • Related health concerns. Patients with heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia, or osteoporosis are often diagnosed with correlating periodontal infections. The bacterial infection can spread through the blood stream, affecting other areas of the body.

To see if need to see a periodontist, or to make an appointment, please call our office: James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry Phone Number 843-795-1111.