Why Should I See a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a doctor who specializes in maintaining the health of the tissues in your mouth. They also are trained to prevent and treat any diseases that are associated with those tissues. Periodontists undergo several additional years of training beyond dental school and offer highly advanced treatment in the field of periodontics.
Your general dentist may have noted certain changes in your dental health and feel it is important for you to seek advanced care. As a specialist, Dr. Bjornson has the skills and knowledge to treat patients with more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. In addition, she is specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
People are living longer and desire to retain their natural teeth. Over 70% of the population suffers from periodontal disease. Research suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging including increased risk for stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bjornson has a greater understanding and increased level of expertise in the treatment of oral inflammation. She received extensive training in these areas, including two additional years of education beyond dental school and decades of continuing education. She is familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and is skilled in cosmetic periodontal procedures.