Knowing which type of dentist to call can be stressful. Both periodontists and endodontists are oral health specialists, and have been trained as dentists. Each specialist has additional training, and understanding those details can help you decide which is best for you.


A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease. This type of dentist specializes in dental implants and other cosmetic procedures. Periodontists receive three additional years of education in the area of periodontal disease and treatment.

Patients that have issues with their gums or tissues in the mouth may need to visit a periodontist. Periodontists look for gum recession, pockets around the teeth, infection, and any issues around the gums. There are special treatment procedures periodontists offer to help patients that have damaged gum tissue. They can remove the damaged tissue to help preserve both your teeth and gums.


An endodontists is another type of dentist that specializes in any issues inside the tooth. This includes the pulp, blood vessels, and tissue. A common treatment done by an endodontist is a root canal. They can remove any infected pulp, and seal the area to help save your tooth. If you have a cracked, broken, or injured tooth, an endodontist is the specialist to visit.

General Dentists

It is important to also know when to see a general dentist and the differences between a general dentist and a specialist. General dentists focus on your teeth and oral health. This includes prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various issues. Your general dentist takes care of your cleanings and exams, and can treat cavities. In addition, general dentists can provide veneers, crowns, and other various cosmetic treatments. If patients need specialized treatment the general dentist will typically refer that patient to the proper specialist.

What are My Next Steps in Finding a Specialist?

Talking to your general dentist is important. If you notice you have an issue with your gums, or have had a root canal and are in pain, it may be time to see a specialist. Your general dentist can typically give you a referral to a great specialist in your area that can treat the issue.

If you have been referred to our office we look forward to meeting you. Our patients are our priority and we go above and beyond to provide the highest level of care to all of our patients.

To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

If not notice you have inflammation around your gums, or they are starting to recede it may be time to consult with a Periodontist. Gum recession should be treated to avoid further issues, or even tooth loss. Receding gums can be caused by periodontal disease or gum disease. Typically healthy gums are pink, but with gum recession the tissue is wearing away leaving more of your teeth exposed. Attending regular exams in our office, and practicing good oral hygiene habits can ensure you stay on top of receding gums, so they do not continue to get worse over time.

What Are Symptoms of Receding Gums?

You may notice any of the following if you have receding gums.

• Swollen or red gums
• Bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Bad taste in your mouth
• Pain or tenderness around gums or mouth

What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession can be caused by multiple things. The most common cause of gum recession is periodontal disease or gum disease. Other causes can be old age, poor oral hygiene, or medical conditions. Another factor could be the toothbrush you are using. Check to make sure you are using a soft bristle tooth brush, and make sure you are gently brushing at least twice a day. Abrasive brushes can actually damage your gums as you brush if you are not careful.

Other Causes of Gum Recession

• Injury or trauma to the mouth
• Teeth alignment issues
• Smoking or tobacco use
• Dentures that do not fit properly and rub on the gums
• Teeth Grinding

What Are My Treatment Options for Receding Gums?

Our staff are trained to check each patient’s gum tissue. Gum recession happens gradually, and it is important to visit out office twice a year to stay on top of any potential issues. Our team can help you keep your gums in good condition and prevent them from getting worse
Depending on how severe the gums are will determine the course of treatment recommended. We look at the tooth brush you are using and your oral hygiene habits. Using a daily rinse that helps to fight plaque or a dental pick can help to reach those hard areas.

If pockets have formed around the affected gums, patients can have a deep cleaning done called scaling and root planing. This treatment removes and cleans the plaque on the tooth and root surfaces. Scaling and root planing also helps to heal gum tissue and shrink periodontal pockets where bacteria hides. This treatment helps to prevent further infection, and keeps your gums looking and feeling healthy. Gums will recede less and this treatment helps to restore damaged gums.

How Can I Schedule an Appointment?

Taking charge of your oral health is the key to keeping your gums and teeth looking and feeling healthy. If you notice your gums are receding, and would like to find out more about gum recession treatment contact our office today.

Our office has flexible hours and we do our best to accommodate our patients. If you would like to make an appointment, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

The mouth is strong and resistant, but the signs of age, diet, and lifestyle and body condition in general, directly affect health and dental aesthetics. The teeth and gums suffer over the years, since, on the one hand, the teeth tend to discolor and turn yellow, become thinner and translucent, and the enamel weakens.

In addition, the gums suffer from the accumulation of plaque bacteria as well as the action of certain general diseases and medications. What results in dental sensitivity and constitutes one of the first signs of serious oral problems that undoubtedly pose a great threat to show off a young and healthy smile.

And, 80% of adults have some gum disease and almost a third of people between 18 and 35 have weakened enamel. Thus, despite the fact that for those who suffer it is frustrating and that it is extremely common in people of all ages, patients often ignore these signs or do not even know they suffer from them.

What Causes Gum Damage and the Erosion of Enamel?

First, diet, drinks and acidic foods, such as fruits, juices, red wine or salad dressings dissolve the enamel making it finer, dull and discolored. Also the lifestyle, bad brushing techniques or excessive pressure can damage and weaken the enamel, as well as cause recession in the gum. Finally, another cause is different health factors such as diabetes, pregnancy or dry mouth.

How to Detect Damage in Gums & Enamel

The first signs that the gums have a problem is that they are irritated and there is a bad breath that does not go away. Then, when the damage is already advanced, it ends up causing a loss of teeth and receding gums.

On the other hand, when the enamel is weak, dental sensitivity can be noticed, since the dentin is exposed; the teeth may become discolored and appear yellowish; and the edges of the teeth become thin and transparent.

Are There Any At-Home Solutions for Gum Damage?

To solve all those who may suffer damage to the gums or enamel, Oral-B has developed the new Oral-B Gum & Enamel Repair range, which slows down the first signs of gum disease and repairs damaged enamel in two weeks. On the one hand, it works in the gum line to control the damage caused by the plaque, while repairing the enamel and defending the teeth from erosion of dietary acids.

However, the best long-term solution for treating damaged gums from gum disease is to schedule an appointment with your local periodontist! 

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions about the impact that your gums have on your oral health or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO. 

Dentist using a modern diode dental laser for periodontal care. Patient wearing protective glasses, preventing eyesight damage. Periodontitis, dental hygiene, preventive procedures concept.Ê

If you’ve recently been to a dental screening and have discovered that you have periodontal disease, you’ll want to know more about the procedure. Does periodontal therapy hurt?

If you have periodontal disease, your gums are infected. Your gums become swollen, red, painful, and may bleed when they are infected. If the infection is left alone to heal itself, you might get worse and even lose teeth. Dr. Gurinsky may recommend laser periodontal therapy to rid you of your gum disease and protect your teeth. Laser periodontal treatment remains about 85 percent successful for most patients.

Periodontal laser therapy uses a dental laser to remove inflamed gum tissue from the area around the tooth. After the infected tissue is removed, the dentist root scales the excess plaque from under the gum line and around the root of the infected area. Next, Dr. Gurinski smooths the root, and the space between the root and gums regenerates and heals.

Does periodontal therapy hurt?

The correct answer to that question remains “Yes.” But if you have a gum infection, your gums most likely have pain. If you and your dentist catch periodontal disease in the early stages, you’ll experience less pain during treatment. Many people report feeling afraid of the pain of a periodontal laser therapy treatment. But only a few individuals report having extreme pain during the procedure.

No general anesthesia remains needed during the process. The lasers target the infected area and remove it more accurately than other types of gum surgery. Laser periodontal surgery is less invasive than traditional methods of gum surgery, and healing occurs much faster.

Advanced periodontal laser therapy plus improved anesthetic use add up to make treating your gum disease tolerable. Dr. Gurinsky uses pain medications, local pain anesthetic, and even sedation to aid in keeping your pain levels down during the treatment. He also suggests or prescribes pain medication for his periodontal patients after the procedure. Some individuals only need over-the-counter pain medications to relieve their gum pain.

You’ll receive specific instructions on oral care for after your periodontal laser therapy. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to fight infection. Don’t stay away from the dentist due to a little pain. Dr. Gurinsky will do everything in his power to keep your periodontal therapy as painless as possible during and after your procedure.