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What's the difference between periodontist and a regular dentist? training and cost

9 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Yash Khanna answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Regular dentist like your family dental doctor you go for regular check ups, cleaning, fillings, extraction etc.A periodontist is a specialist who only deals with diseases or gums and has special post graduate training and qualifications.

Answered Dec 6, 2012


Dr. David Schneider answered

Specializes in Dentistry

So a periodontist does 2-3 years more training than a general dentist and then limits their practice to focus on periodontal examinations, diagnosis and treatment. Yes the treatment can be more costly with a specialist, but usually the quality of the care, the extra time put into training etc are worth the increased cost.

Answered Oct 3, 2016


Dr. Dinh Bui answered

Specializes in Dentistry

A periodontist is a specialist. His training usually contains more research and stringent didactic requirments at an accredited university. A dentist, on the other hand, is only required to attend continuing education class. There is usually a lot less research involved. Nevertheless, the cost should not reflect how much education one has, but more of the final result.

Answered Mar 8, 2013


Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

2 - 3 years of specialty training after dental school. Cost can be as much as $150 - 200,000, depending on school, teaching position, scholarships, etc. It is a long haul.

Answered Jan 9, 2015



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