Dr. Emily Nguyen is a pediatric dentist who loves working with children. She believes that a positive dental experience can set a child up for a lifetime of good oral health. In her free time, she enjoys baking and playing board games with her family.
As a periodontist, my role is to specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases, also known as gum diseases. I work closely with patients to help them maintain healthy gums and prevent further damage to their oral health.
Prevention: One of the key aspects of my job is educating patients on proper oral hygiene practices to prevent gum diseases. I provide guidance on effective brushing and flossing techniques, as well as the importance of regular dental check-ups and cleanings. By promoting good oral hygiene habits, I aim to prevent the development of periodontal diseases.
Diagnosis: When patients come to me with concerns about their gums, I conduct a thorough examination to diagnose the specific condition. This involves assessing the health of the gums, measuring the depth of periodontal pockets, and evaluating the stability of the teeth. I may also take X-rays or use other diagnostic tools to get a comprehensive view of the patient's oral health.
Treatment: Once a diagnosis is made, I develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the patient's needs. This may include non-surgical procedures such as scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline. In more advanced cases, surgical interventions like gum grafting or pocket reduction surgery may be necessary to restore gum health and prevent further damage.
Collaboration: As a periodontist, I often collaborate with general dentists and other dental specialists to provide comprehensive care for patients. For example, if a patient requires dental implants, I work closely with an oral surgeon or prosthodontist to ensure the successful placement and restoration of the implants. This collaborative approach ensures that patients receive the best possible care for their specific needs.
Continued Care: Periodontal diseases are chronic conditions that require ongoing management. I provide regular follow-up appointments to monitor the patient's progress, make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan, and provide additional support and guidance. By maintaining a long-term relationship with my patients, I can help them achieve and maintain optimal gum health.
In summary, a periodontist plays a crucial role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases. By focusing on the health of the gums, I help patients maintain a strong foundation for their teeth and overall oral health. If you have concerns about your gums or are looking for specialized periodontal care, don't hesitate to reach out to a qualified periodontist like myself.