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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 31 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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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 12 years experience
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.
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Dr. Abel Loredo
General Dentistry 38 years experience
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.
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Dr. Eric Linden
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.
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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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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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A 35-year-old member asked:

Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 37 years experience
Different specialist: Orthodontist specializes in braces endodontist specializes in root canal treatment periodontist specializes in gum diseases. A general dentist treats a wide range of oral and dental problems and is not limited to any one area.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Does a diabetic need to see a periodontist over a regular dentist?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: If your diabetes is controlled, you should not need to seek specialized dental care.
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Last updated Sep 30, 2020

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