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

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

Yes, yes and YES!!!: Diabetes and gums are interconnected. The worth your diabetes gets- your gums will follow... We have been providing specialized dentistry for diabetics for many years with excellent results. Our diabetic patients have healthier gums. There is also research that of your gums are healthier- your sugar blood level will be lower. So- yes, you need to see periodontist or specialized dental center for d. ...Read more

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Dr. Greg Rubin
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Periodontics (Definition)

The branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the periodontium. ...Read more


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As I look back over the years I have found that it was me and not my general dentist who saw the need to see a periodontist. I'm glad I did. Comment?

As I look back over the years I have found that it was me and not my general dentist who saw the need to see a periodontist. I'm glad I did. Comment?

Terrific: It is fortunate that your problems were treated and that you now have a health mouth. Keep up the care and required therapy any you should minimize any further problems. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Do you need your dentist to refer you to see a periodontist ?

No: but it helps if your dentist refers you to someone they work together with to coordinate care. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What's the difference between periodontist and a regular dentist, and would you be able to find one who takes self pay?

See below: A general dentist is trained in all areas of dental treatment. A peridontist specializes in treatment of diseases of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. Your general dentist can handle many gum problems, but if your needs are extensive or unique, he/she may refer you to a periodontist for more advanced treatment options. Self pay? Do you mean payment plans? Call around to see. ...Read more

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My general dentist examined my bite and asked that i see a periodontist about my bite. Why do you think he made the suggestion regarding the occlusion?

My general dentist examined my bite and asked that i see a periodontist about my bite. Why do you think he made the suggestion regarding the occlusion?

Occlusion: Advanced periodontal problems are usually assoiciated with occlusal problems. The proper distribution of force is important for good long term periodontal health. Periodontists are good at evaluating occlusal problems. ...Read more

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Should periodontist, his hygienist, or regular dentists hygienist do cleaning for elder with bad plaque?

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Should periodontist, his hygienist, or regular dentists hygienist do cleaning for elder with bad plaque?

Either: Any of the three is better than no one. It is actually more important that elderly people who have trouble with home care be monitored by dental health professionals. Schedule more frequent cleanings if there is a total lack of home care. Bad plaque means that the patient is having a hard time cleaning and needs tutoring if capable. ...Read more

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Is it typical for a periodontist to do dental cleaning or is it normal for a regular dentist to do this?

Very normal: Your dentist and periodontist form a partnership in your care. Routinely, the periodontist will want to see you for celanings to ensure followup to surgery as well as to closely monitor how your healing is taking place and if further intervention will be needed. ...Read more

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Why do you have to see a general dentist before a periodontist? general dentist said nothing wrong with gums but saw a periodontist/got deep cleaning

Always periodontist: It is very important to see a periodontist if you experience any of the symptoms of gum disease. A periodontist is a dentist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and alveolar bone resorption. ...Read more

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Who should I see about a gum graft: a periodontist or cosmetic dentist?

Who should I see about a gum graft: a periodontist or cosmetic dentist?

Periodontist: They are the "gum specialists" & they will likely provide the most sophisticated & best results. They have additional formal training for 2 years post dental school, as well as their day-to-day cases. Just as a family practitioner is capable of delivering a child, so is a dentist at being able to do a gum graft...However...If given the choice, i would choose an obstetrician every single time ;-). ...Read more

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Dental implant. What type of dentists should I see (prosthodontist or periodontist), what to do?

Dental implant. What type of dentists should I see (prosthodontist or periodontist), what to do?

Perio vs oral sugery: Depents on the expertise of the doc. Both periodontists, oral surgeons, and occasionallly general dentists or prosthodontids do implants. ...Read more

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What is the difference between getting teeth cleaned by hygienist who works for a regular dentist and a periodontist?

What is the difference between getting teeth cleaned by hygienist who works for a regular dentist and a periodontist?

Whom not where: It's the quality, expertise and skill of the hygienist that counts, and not whom she works for. However, what should also be considered are the same credentials for the dentist who oversees the treatment by the hygienist as it will be the dentist who diagnoses, monitors, advises, and performs all the other treatment. ...Read more

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Who do I seek help about jaw bone erosion: a regular dentist or a periodontist?

Who do I seek help about jaw bone erosion: a regular dentist or a periodontist?

See a dentist first: The dentist will determine the amount of bone loss present and can treat accordingly. There may be other issues present like cavities or infection. If the gum disease is severe then you will probably be referred to a periodontist. The dentist is the first place to start. Good luck. ...Read more

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Nerve pain flossing root canaled/temp tooth - ill fitted or periodontal issue? Need 2nd opinion. See a Periodontist, Prosthodontist or Dentist?

Nerve pain flossing root canaled/temp tooth - ill fitted or periodontal issue? Need 2nd opinion. See a Periodontist, Prosthodontist or Dentist?

See an endodontist: With proper care, even teeth that have had old root canal treatment can last a lifetime. An additional endodontic procedure may be able to support healing and save your tooth. If you have pain or discomfort in a previously treated tooth, talk to an endodontist about re-treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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How much value should I put on a periodontist being an AAP member? Near my new home there are other non-AAP periodontists with good online reviews. I usually don't have a general dentist, and I don't know anyone in my new area to ask for a referal.

Accreditation: By a speciality board is your assurance that this doctor has completed his or her formal specialty training and an accreditation exam. This assures you that you are getting state of the art care. While many non- accredited doctors are excellent, you have no way of knowing the level of their training. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I am youngish with periodontitis. A dentist's and periodontist's suggestions on how to brush differed. Should I listen more to the periodontist?

Who to trust: I would ask both the General Dentist and the Periodontist why they prefer their technique for you. They may be both equally effective although different. Generally speaking I would opt for the Periodontist's recommendations. Listen to whom you trust most. ...Read more