What is a Periodontist?

While we’ve all been to a general dentist before for procedures like teeth cleanings, cavity fillings, or to get our teeth whitened, many patients are often confused by what a periodontist in particularly does in comparison.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “a periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.”

As an office that specializes in periodontics and periodontal surgery, we are highly trained to treat more problematic cases that might arise from things like gum disease or a long history of oral health problems. Many of the most common treatments that we perform in regards to periodontics are dental implants, scaling and root planing, and periodontal surgery.

As people age, a high percentage of patients experience some degree of gum disease and can benefit from being referred to a periodontist for further investigation.

If you have any questions about your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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