A periodontist is a dentist with three additional years of post dental school training. He/she will help you keep your teeth and gums in optimal health for a lifetime of great smiles, great meals and great conversation, with enhanced self-esteem.
We also focus on preventative dental care, advanced dental diagnostics and collaboration with your dentists and dental specialists to develop an appropriate and predictable plan to rehabilitate your mouth when needed. This, together with appropriate maintenance, should ensure a lifetime of dental health and cost-effective oral comfort.
A healthy periodontium (gums, tooth sockets, tooth roots and minimal bacterial plaque and tartar) is a major part of a healthy smile and healthy mouth.
Signs of periodontal disease as well as advanced dental disease include: redness, tenderness, bleeding and swelling of the gums; gum recession and sores in the mouth; shifting teeth and dental appliances no longer fitting comfortably or accurately; familial loss of teeth through periodontal disease and bad breath.
If you have one or more of the features listed above, you are probably in need of our services. Please contact the office to schedule an appropriate appointment. We are committed to continuing education for ourselves and our staff. In fact, Dr. Richman is a consultant at Augusta University, Dept. of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, and is involved in the training of periodontal residents and future periodontists.
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Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Dental Disease Including Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Chronic disease anywhere in the body is insidious, thus advanced symptoms may only appear late after significant damage has occurred. Warning signs of advanced dental disease include:
- Redness, tenderness, pain, swollen gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or biting into an apple
- Insufficient long term flossing over a lifetime
- Receding gums, frequently described ‘getting long in the tooth’
- Teeth moving or shifting
- Loose teeth
- Appliances no longer fit comfortably
- Previous history of tooth loss including parents
- History of smoking, diabetes or other metabolic diseases