Why Choose a Periodontist
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the diseases and infections that affect the soft tissues and bone inside the mouth. In addition to four years of dental school, periodontists also complete at least three more years of specialized study. This extra education includes advanced techniques required to treat and diagnose periodontal disease and place dental implants. Periodontists are also highly trained in a wide range of cosmetic procedures.
The American Dental Association recognizes periodontics as one of eight specialties within the dental field. As specialists, periodontists can offer an array of treatments, from minimally invasive to full oral surgery. Depending on your particular case, a periodontist can find the treatment option that best suits your needs.
Typically, your general dentist will refer you to a periodontist for a consultation. This may happen when they notice signs of periodontal disease, missing teeth, or if you express dissatisfaction with parts of your smile that a periodontist will be able to help improve. A dentist referral brings several benefits, including coordination of care between offices, information sharing, and a full knowledge of your patient history for targeted care.