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What Does a Periodontist Do?

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Periodontal care at Ryba Dentistry in Ohio City, Ohio

Maintaining optimal oral health goes beyond having healthy teeth-it’s important to preserve the health of your gums as well. Gums, also known as gingiva, serve as a protective barrier, anchoring teeth and acting as a defense against bacteria and plaque buildup. Healthy gums promote stability and support while providing protection against infection. By visiting a periodontist regularly, individuals can receive specialized care to address gum-related concerns and ensure optimal gum health. Ryba Dentistry works closely with trusted periodontists in the area to help deliver comprehensive dental care for each patient.

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases and conditions. Periodontics emphasizes preventing gum diseases and conditions through various measures, including education, thorough examinations, and personalized treatment plans. Periodontists are trained to diagnose gum diseases and conditions, including gingivitis, periodontists, gum recession, and infections.

Differences Between Periodontists and Dentists

While both periodontists and general dentists play crucial roles in oral healthcare, they have distinct areas of expertise. Periodontists undergo extensive education and training beyond dental school to gain specialized knowledge and skills. After completing dental school, periodontists pursue three additional years of advanced training in periodontics. This comprehensive training focuses specifically on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases and conditions. General dentists can treat many gum-related dental issues, but serious, more complex cases might require a referral to a periodontic specialist.

Conditions Treated by Periodontics

Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, characterized by inflammation and swelling of the gums. Without proper treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontists are experts in managing these conditions and can provide treatments such as scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar buildup, as well as develop personalized plans to control and prevent further progression.

Gum Recession

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls back from the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. This can be caused by gum disease, aggressive tooth brushing, or other factors. Periodontists can evaluate the extent of gum recession and offer treatment options such as gum grafting, where healthy tissue is transplanted to cover the exposed roots.

Periodontal Abscesses

Periodontal abscesses are localized infections within the gums that can cause pain, swelling, and pus formation. These abscesses often occur due to advanced gum disease or as a complication of a deep gum pocket. Periodontists are skilled in diagnosing and treating these abscesses through procedures such as drainage and deep cleaning to eliminate the infection and promote healing.

Gum Infections

Gum infections can result from various factors, including poor oral hygiene, trauma, or systemic conditions. Periodontists can identify and treat gum infections through professional cleaning, antimicrobial therapy, and personalized treatment plans to address the underlying cause of the infection and restore gum health.

Gum Deformities or Irregularities

Periodontists specialize in correcting gum deformities or irregularities that may affect the appearance and health of the gums. These can include uneven gumlines, excess gum tissue (gummy smile), or recession in specific areas. Through surgical procedures, such as gum contouring or tissue grafting, periodontists can enhance the aesthetics and balance of the gum line, resulting in a more pleasing smile.

What Services do Periodontists Provide?

Ryba Dentistry offers services focused on promoting gum health, preventing and treating gum diseases, and addressing related conditions. In more serious cases, Dr. Ryba can refer you to a trusted periodontist in the area.

  • Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning) - A non-surgical procedure that involves the thorough removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and below the gum line.

  • Gum Disease Treatment and Management - Periodontists develop customized treatment plans to address gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

  • Dental Implant Placement and Maintenance - Periodontists specialize in the precise placement of dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots used to support replacement teeth.

  • Periodontal Surgeries - Periodontal surgeries involve various procedures to address specific gum-related issues, such as receding gums, deep gum pockets, and bone loss.

Periodontal Care in Cleveland, OH

Maintaining healthy gums is vital for overall oral health and well-being. Periodontists are crucial in providing specialized care to promote gum health, prevent and treat gum diseases, and address related conditions. If you have gum-related concerns, such as gum inflammation, bleeding, recession, or a history of gum disease, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Ryba Dentistry at one of our clinics in Ohio City and Seven Hills, OH. Don't wait until gum issues escalate; Dr. Ryba and his team can provide expertise, personalized attention, and treatments necessary to prevent further complications and improve your overall oral health. Our practice works with several trusted periodontists in the area and will write a referral for you if your condition requires the attention of a gun specialist.


Christopher Ryba, DDS, dentist at Ryba Dentistry in Ohio City, Ohio

Christopher R. Ryba, DDS

Dr. Christopher R. Ryba, an Ohio State University alum and owner of two practices in Ohio, excels in oral pathology and aesthetic dental restorations. In addition to advising the Allied Dental Health Professions Programs at Cuyahoga Community College, he demonstrates his commitment to community service through his work with the Ohio Dental Outreach. His Seven Hills and Ohio City clinics warmly welcome patients of all ages.


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