Should I see a Periodontist? A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease including surgical techniques such as bone grafting, gum grafting, and the placement of dental implants
Periodontal disease or periodontitis is an ongoing inflammatory condition that can damage the body in many ways.
Not only does the bacteria break down the supporting tissues of your natural teeth, but they can also create inflammation in other parts of the body such as arthritis and asthma.
Red or inflamed gums are a cause for concern and should be looked at by a dentist as soon as possible.
Periodontal disease, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are inflammatory diseases of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth.
With the help of our periodontist at Sierra Dental, these conditions are treatable, the longer the condition goes untreated, the fewer options we have for treatment and the more likely it is that teeth may be lost.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and gingival recession.
They also specialize in the placement and maintenance of dental implants.
Meet Our Periodontists
Dr. Ben Thomas
Dr. Ben Thomas was born in Calgary and raised in Crossfield, Alberta.
After high school, he worked full-time for a year, then spent two years abroad before moving to the United States to pursue further education.
He completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, where he majored in Neuroscience and minored in French.
He then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Master of Public Health degree, and Specialty Certificate in Periodontics from the University of North Carolina. His training also included certification in Intravenous Sedation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Dr. Javier Cabrales
Dr. Javier Cabrales completed the Graduate Periodontics program at the University of Manitoba in June 2020. Prior to his periodontal training, he received his DMD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 and thereafter worked as a general dentist for 3 years prior to entering postgraduate studies.
Dr. Cabrales is fluent in both English and Spanish, and was drawn to Calgary for its mountains. When not at work, he enjoys going for long walks with his dog, snowboarding, cycling, and playing sports such as soccer and squash.
As trained periodontists, they specialize in the management of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants. This includes:
At Sierra Dental we are firmly committed to helping you enjoy your teeth for a lifetime.
Recommendations regarding disease management are made in view of helping you achieve optimum periodontal health to ensure each tooth will last as long as possible.
Although we realize that many of our patients are covered by insurance plans which place limitations on the amount and frequency of dental care, our top priority is always to do what best ensures your health and addresses your goals.
Therefore, we recommend treatment without regard to insurance coverage. If this raises a financial concern for you, please advise us so that financial arrangements may be discussed before treatment is rendered.
At Sierra Dental, we place great emphasis on prevention and our qualified staff take pride in providing the best available care.
Give one of our professionals a call at 403-297-9600. We will gladly answer any questions you may have!
The best way to maintain health and prevent gum disease is through daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings.
Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop periodontal disease as it is largely a result of genetic predisposition.
As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting tissues that hold the teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
In addition to tooth loss, moderate or severe periodontal disease also poses a threat to overall health by increasing risk of cardiovascular disease, by complicating the management of diabetes, and even predisposing unborn babies to pre-term birth and low birth weight.
Unfortunately, once periodontal disease begins, professional intervention is almost always necessary to prevent its progression.
Many patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by their general dentist and dental hygienist; however, moderate or severe gum disease should generally be managed by a periodontist.
Furthermore, in cases where it is complicated by the effects of heart disease, diabetes, smoking, or other health problems, effective periodontal treatment may necessitate the greater understanding and expertise of a trained specialist.