Have you noticed a recent change in your bite when talking, chewing or brushing? Do your teeth feel a bit loose? Are your gums red, swollen or bleeding? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to see a periodontist.
The periodontists at the offices of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd are dental professionals specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, a condition that affects almost half of all adults over the age of 30. Our dentists have completed three additional years of training beyond standard dental school and are experts in performing procedures that restore the look, feel, and function of your gums. One of our patients’ most common complaints is gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that, if not treated promptly, can become acute. Besides being gum specialists, we offer an array of treatments to heal damage to the root surfaces of the tooth. We also are experts in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants to replace portions of a missing tooth.
While your family dentist can sometimes treat a minor gum issue, they
often refer their patients to a periodontist when the problem has become severe. Bleeding or discomfort around the area of the gums are warning signs, as are loose teeth, which can be a sign of thinning bone. A change in your bite pattern also is an indication that there may be a problem that needs to be addressed before it becomes long-term. Although our gums recede as we age, signs of recession should not be noticeable, and you should see a periodontist if you do.
The periodontists at the offices of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd are highly trained and qualified to address your concerns before they become expensive and needlessly painful. Don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an examination and consultation.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
May 25, 2021
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