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A 31-year-old member asked:

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

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 59 years experience
PERIODONTIST: 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.
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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 40 years experience
In part: 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.
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 25 years experience
Didactic, research: 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.
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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 43 years experience
2- 3 years training: 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.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 32 years experience
Additional Training: A periodontist has gone through dental school, like other dentists, but then continued with specialized training for an additional 2-3 years. They specialize in diagnosis and treatment of the tissues surrounding teeth...Basically gums and bone. They treat gum disease, place implants, perform oral plastic surgery, and so on. Generally, if you need to see one, your regular dentist will refer you.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do I find what's the difference between a dentist & a periodontist?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Difference: A general dentist is a generalist. May treat any dental problem. A periodontal specialist has specialty training in disease of the gingival tissues (gums), also dental implants.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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