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What's the difference between periodontist and a regular dentist, and would you be able to find one who takes self pay?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jordan Fersel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Simple: Periodontists specialize in gum diseases, generally not hard to find a dentist that takes cash check or charge.
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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: Any dentist/periodontist should be wiling to accept self pay. A periodontist specializes/limits their practice to treatment of the gums/jaw bone after having received an extra 2-3 years of training.
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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 39 years experience
See below: A general dentist is trained in all areas of dental treatment. A peridontist specializes in treatment of diseases of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. Your general dentist can handle many gum problems, but if your needs are extensive or unique, he/she may refer you to a periodontist for more advanced treatment options. Self pay? Do you mean payment plans? Call around to see.
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Dr. Ryan Mendro
Dentistry - Periodontics 18 years experience
A specialist: A periodontist is dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gum diseases and the placement of dental implants. In addition to their dental degrees, periodontists have an additional 2-3 years of training specifically in their field.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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