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A 17-year-old female asked:

If my dentist hasn't referred me to a periodontist, is it safe to assume that while it's a serious issue that need to be treated, it's not advanced?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 43 years experience
Not necessarily: Some dentists offer a wide range of services and may elect to treat their patients' periodontal problems themselves, instead of referring to a periodontist. Other dentists may refer all of their patients with periodontal problems to a periodontist, regardless of the severity. The decision to refer or not refer will depend on the skill level, experience and comfort level of the individual dentist.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Don't assume...: Ask your dentist to explain your current situation and what the prognosis is. Referral is not an indication of severity.
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Last updated Jun 5, 2014

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