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

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Dr. Daniel Wolter answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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.

Answered 9/30/2020


Dr. James Beck answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Specialist in perio: A periodontist is a dental specialist who received several years of education on periodontics after dental school. The periodontist is a specialist in all the structures of the mouth that "hold in" the teeth such as the gums, alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, etc. Periodontists treat gum disease, bone loss, gum recession, and many other issues. The dentist refers to perio for complex cases.

Answered 12/19/2014


Dr. Abel Loredo answered

Specializes in General Dentistry

Periodontist/General: A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of the supporting tissues of the teeth. His field of work is narrow in comparison. A general dentist is usually the first dentist you will see when accessing dental care. His scope of treatment is wider. He treats all dental conditions, but when he runs into complicated cases needing a more narrow focus, he refers out to a specialist.

Answered 12/9/2013


Dr. Eric Linden answered

Specializes in Periodontics

Specialist: When a patient needs expert advice regarding gum disease, bone loss, dental implants and complicated treatment planning, then a periodontist would be a good choice for a specialty doctor. If the periodontist needs the services of a restorative dentist, then a referral can be made. Most of the time the restorative dentist and periodontist work together in the best interests of the patient.

Answered 12/11/2012



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