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A 31-year-old member asked:

what does the dentist want when he sends you to the periodontist to evaluate the lingual?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Ritz
Dentistry 46 years experience
Hmm...: Lingual is the latin for tongue. It usually is used to identify the surface of our teeth that face the tongue.
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 13 years experience
Check the gums...: A periodontist is a gum specialists. As a dentist, one reason i would send a patient to see a periodontist is if there were gum (periodontal) disease issues that i felt we weren't able to adequately address in our office. It sounds like you may have some of these areas on the side of the tooth that faces the tongue (the lingual side). There are some other reasons, but this sounds most likely.
Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry 22 years experience
Ah those linguals!!: Now you are learning to speak dental language! lingual is the tongue side of your tooth, facial is the cheek side of your tooth, since a tooth has 5 surfaces. The periodontist wants to see why you have a deep pocket formation on the tongue side of your tooth. Deep pockets ( greater than 5 mm) sign of gum disease and need treatment.

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A 20-year-old male asked:

Can a general dentist do the job of a periodontist. In wich cases is not recommended?

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Dr. Robert Knox
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General Pediodontist: Many general dentists also provide most of the services of a periodontist, depending upon where you live. Call your dentist, and ask him or her about your concern.
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What is endodontist vs periodontist?

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Root canals vs. gums: An endodontist generally does root canals, apicoectomies(cut off root tips) and perhaps place implants. Periodontist primarily deal with the supporting structures of the teeth (bones and gums) and treat difficult cleaning cases and gum recession etc.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Peridontial disease question. Do the hygienists or the periodontist always do scaling?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: The actual scaling and/or root planing (deep cleaning of the tooth usually beneath the gum line) can be done by the hygienist, dentist (some offices may not employ a hygienist) or periodontist. Who does it is usually determined by each individual office.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Differences between an orthodontist and a periodontist?

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Dr. Michael Skidmore
Dentistry 14 years experience
Both are specialists: Orthodontists- these are the ones who do braces, fix jaw alignments periodontist: this is a gum specialist- they typically treat sever gum disease, place bone grafts, and some place implants the both went to additional schooling after the 4 years of dental school.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Do you have relearn speech after getting your lingual frenulum cut?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Should not: Though it may change speach patterns and they may need to learn how to use the muscles of the tongue more, it should not be a concern. Usually it will free up the tongue and allow them to make the proper pronunciations (s's/t's). You should work with them to help them make the proper sounds now that they can.

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