What Does a Periodontist Do?
A periodontist specializes in treating diseases of the gums and soft tissues. If you have severe gum disease, inflammation or bone loss, or persistent bad breath you may need to choose a periodontist. Sometimes this dental specialist may become involved if your case involves a large number of dental implants. A periodontist may treat dental diseases such as gingivitis and may also perform certain cosmetic procedures. A periodontist will:
Examine, diagnose and treat infections and inflammations of the bone and soft tissues surrounding your teeth.
Perform a deep cleaning of the teeth to eliminate irritating filling margins and correct occlusions.
Remove diseased tissue and use cosmetic procedures to restore the appearance of the gum line around the teeth.
Restore lost bone and gum support by performing bone regenerative procedures.
Help in the oral care and treatment for patients with certain diseases such as diabetes.
Provide education on proper oral care techniques.
How to Choose a Periodontist
Ask your family dentist for referrals to a qualified periodontist.
Use the information at ChooseYourDentist.com to help narrow down your choices.
Find out if the periodontist is using the latest equipment and procedures to minimize pain and maximize results.
Check out their dental qualifications. The basic dental degree is a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
The dental professional should also have completed an additional three-year program with specialized training in the biology and clinical procedures regarding gum disease and its treatment. Ask about any continuing education classes on the treatment of gum disease.
Ask about privacy standards.
Ask for patient referrals.
Find out if they have any additional patient education information such as a newsletter or website page to help you prevent future gum or bone issues.
Ask about pricing, payment plans and determine what may be covered by your insurance plan. Are there more cost-effective options to the proposed procedure? Can complex procedures be broken down into steps and spread out over a period of time?
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