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Dds # only: if i know I have a gum abscess, i would see a periodontist vs. An endodontist, right?

Dentist: See a general dentist first, he is the captain of your team & he can make the diagnosis (understand your problem ) & give you all the treatment recommendations &/ or referrals if necessary. ...Read more

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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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What is endodontist vs periodontist?

What is endodontist vs periodontist?

Endo vs Perio: A endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of the nerve of teeth. He can surgically or through conventional root canal treatment save teeth from being lost. A periodontist is a dentist specialized in the treatment of the supporting tissues of the teeth, such as the gums, jaw bone and periodontal ligament. Both fields in dentistry are essential in saving teeth. ...Read more

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What is a periodontist?

What is a periodontist?

Periodontist: A periodontist is a dentist who is specialized in the treatment of the supporting tissues of the teeth. In other words he treats the gums, jaw bone and periodontal ligament. They all have been trained in general dentistry before branching out into the field of periodontics. Some add implant treatment to their practice in their quest of helping patients have a full dentition. ...Read more

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How to become a periodontist?

Three steps: 1.College 4 years. 2. Dental School 4 years. 3. Full-time Perio residency 3 years. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What's it like to be a periodontist?

Peridontist: Like any profession it is great if you have passion for what you do. Periodontist treat gum disease, place implants and work closely with their referral sources to help pts maintain their teeth. They do surgery daily. ...Read more

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What is the training of a periodontist?

What is the training of a periodontist?

More school: After four years of dental school, then on to a specialty residency of, now a days, three-more years. ...Read more

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How much further can a periodontist go?

How much further can a periodontist go?

Depends: I assume you're comparing a periodontist to a general dentist. A periodontist limits his practice to recognized periodontal procedures. A general dentist is limited in the scope of his treatment only by his level of education. So really the question should be, can a general dentist treat you to the same level as a periodontist, and the answer is that it depends on the training of the generalist. ...Read more

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But the periodontist wants to remove all.

But the periodontist wants to remove all.

Remove all: I assume that the periodontist feels you have lost bone support for your teeth, and that repair is not cost effective nor in your best interests. If you question his/her diagnosis, seek a second opinion with another specialist Periodontist. ...Read more

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How many people see a periodontist for cleaning?

How many people see a periodontist for cleaning?

Lots: Adults with a healthy mouth to see dds for cleaning 2-4 times a year. That's millions-how many actually go? Who knows. Can a general dentist handle it? Certainly. Periodontists are gum specialists. Commonest cause of tooth loss is not bad teeth, but bad gums. They will decide on the appropriate frequency for cleanings, follow up, surgery (if needed). ...Read more

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What is a periodontist? What do they specialize in?

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What is a periodontist? What do they specialize in?

Perio and Implant: A periodontist is a dentist specialized in diagnosing and treating various condition of the periodontal pathology such as gingivitis and periodontitis. They perform grafting and various surgical procedure to to improve the periodontal health of your dentition. This will ensure the longevity of your dentition. They also are trained and very capable in performing implant therapy. ...Read more

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What happens at an initial periodontist appointment?

Evaluation&Diagnosis: You will be evaluated and a diagnosis of your condition will be established. Depending on the office, treatment may be started the same day. Call your periodontist and ask them :-) ...Read more

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Are periodontists supposed to do the crown lengthening and a general the restorative?

Are periodontists supposed to do the crown lengthening and a general the restorative?

Not always.: There are some very well trained general dentists or prosthodontists who can do both the crown lengthening procedure as well as the restorative dentistry. Some do the surgery conventionally and others using laser treatment. But if your dentist does only the restorative treatment, they will refer you to a periodontist whom they work with to provide the periodontal surgical procedures. ...Read more

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Who is my periodontist's periodontist? Maybe a match to insurance plan! how to ask the #? (asking friends, etc., goes nowhere).

Ask: You might ask other specialists in your area. For example an oral surgeon or endodontist may know a good periodontist. Or make a few phone calls of different dental offices and ask them. If you make enough calls you should keep hearing the same name again and again... That will probably be a good choice. ...Read more

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Why isn't my periodontist telling me the cause of my big recession? I go for my quarterly cleanings. Why does he not volunteer the answer in any way?

Why isn't my periodontist telling me the cause of my big recession? I go for my quarterly cleanings. Why does he not volunteer the answer in any way?

Informed consent: Part of informed consent is getting the diagnosis from a provider. If that doesn't happen, treatment is done without proper patient understanding of the risks, benefits, and altrernatives to that treatment. No one would take their car to a mechanic and receive a bill without knowing what the bill was for. Similarly, a patient should receive a reasonable explanation of their condition. ...Read more

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I see a periodontist. I want to see the one my own perio. Uses. If i ask the front desk, they will inform my dr. If i ask him--he will be annoyed. ?

I see a periodontist. I want to see the one my own perio. Uses. If i ask the front desk, they will inform my dr. If i ask him--he will be annoyed.  ?

Why not?: You are entitled to use anyone you would like. It is your body. If they get annoyed, then you might want to think about another dmd as well. ...Read more

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How many people see a periodontist for scaling?

Unknown: 60-80% of population have some form of gum disease that requires scaling. 30-40% in the adult usa population, 10% of those are advanced cases. 30% have no resistance. More over age 30, more in males, more in certain race groups, more in lower socio-economic status. Gum disease is the second most common disease in the world. Can be treated by gpdentist, hygienist, or periodontist. ...Read more

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In chicago. Does anyone know good periodontist ?

Terry Sandroff: While i may not be close to my family...I do know I have a first cousin who is a periodontist. When i was a vp do a dental insurance company based in chicago i heard his name mentioned several times while up there for meetings. Just tell him his cousin in st. Louis say hi. Earl. ...Read more

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I asked my periodontist to select a new general dds for me from an insurance list of 6 that he knew. All he said: "they are all good men". Huh?

I asked my periodontist to select a new general dds for me from an insurance list of 6 that he knew. All he said: "they are all good men". Huh?

Check reviews: On those doctors. Sites like demandforce, yelp, healthgrades, ratemds, google, yahoo, dr. Oogle, wellness, vitals.Com, etc. Additionally, ask friends or co-workers. Visit their websites, view their office, check their credentials and view their portfolio (before and afters). Take your time selecting every one of your health care providers. ...Read more

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I've spoken to four different periodontists. They each had a different recommendation on how to handle my periodontitis. How should I decide?

I've spoken to four different periodontists.  They each had a different recommendation on how to handle my periodontitis.  How should I decide?

Difficult Decision: Since you are not a periodontist, it is difficult for you to personally evaluate their plans. You can, however, ask each for an explanation re their rationale for their treatment plan. In this way you may better understand which course of care is right for you. ...Read more

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I go for four perio cleanings a year. Is it usual practice fora periodontist to write down any pockets over 6 mm into notes following each visit?

I go for four perio cleanings a year. Is it usual practice fora  periodontist to write down any pockets over 6 mm into notes following each visit?

Charting Protocol: Every general dentist or periodontist has his\her own protocol regarding periodontal charting & record keeping. It is important to monitor pocket depth and periodontal health from visit to visit so that we can advise patients on their oral hygiene & periodontal health and which areas may need more attention. We can judge this not only by probing pockets but color & tone of gums, bleeding, etc. ...Read more

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I am switching my general dds and periodontist now. Should i 1st see a new general dds for crowns, etc. Or should the periodontist do his work first?

In my opinion: Patients will get the best treatment when they see both a qualified, experienced & caring general dentist and periodontist who have the same philosophies and who work together as a team. In those cases they cross refer to each for the benefit of the patient and for the best final result. It's important to consult with both first and then they will plan out the treatment for you. Gp first usually. ...Read more

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Why do I need periodontist despite having good oral hygiene?

Many reasons: The best thing to do is ask the referring dentist. Periodontists treat gums as well as bone around teeth. You may have a problem that isn't related to your oral hygiene. Your dentist must of found something that would be best handled by a periodontist. ...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 unconventional tooth cleaning practices do periodontists do?

What unconventional tooth cleaning practices do periodontists do?

Additional info: Some additional procedures done include root planing and use of lasers to do gum surgeries and rendering the pocket ( space around the tooth in the gums ) sterile to promote healing. ...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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How do I find what's the difference between a dentist & a periodontist?

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. ...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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Would a class 5 ever needs to be reshape after 3 years? my periodontist told me to go back to my general dentist to get it reshape.

Possibly: The restoration can potentially "percolate" out of the preparation, causing a bacterial and food trap. Ask your periodontist for further clarification since they examined you. ...Read more

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My periodontist told me to get a class 5 redone. I had a class 5 done 3.5 years ago. did the dentist who did my class 5 do it wrong?

Doubtful: Although patients sometimes think that restorations last forever, the truth is that they don't. That restoration is near your gumline, and is subject to a continuous bombardment of acid from bacteria adhering in that area. This may have caused a premature breakdown of the margins. ...Read more

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My new general dentist sent me to my new periodontist saying that person should be asked about my occlusion (bite). Is this common practice?

My new general dentist sent me to my new periodontist saying that person should be asked about my occlusion (bite). Is this common practice?

Occlusal examination: Yes. A periodontists and prosthodontists have extensive training in examining and correcting the occlusion and if your general dentist feels your occlusion requires further evaluation, you should go. ...Read more

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After seeing three periodontists, and being honest to them, they do not know the cause of my bone loss. At 39 y/o, how do I find the root cause?

After seeing three periodontists, and being honest to them, they do not know the cause of my bone loss.  At 39 y/o, how do I find the root cause?

Treat perio disease: Many variables, what was your dental status prior to going to three periodontists? Did you see your dentist on a prescribed basis? Were you told that periodontal disease is evident? Were you referred to a periodontist? Do you floss and brush properly? Are you diabetic, a smoker or suffer from any physical ailments? These and more are questions to be pondered- more important treat the problem now. ...Read more

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Periodontist appears to be too aggressive when probing by "poking". Can the probe push further down past the underside of the pocket in some cases?

Probing: When there is inflamed gum lining the pocket, it can be sensitive to probing. Minimal force is needed. Too much force causes the probe to go past the bottom of the pocket into the tissue. I urge you to share your concerns with your periodontist ...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?

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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New periodontist carefully and just charted all tooth surfaces for pocket depths. All were 1 or 2 mm. But, I have recession. Do I have perio disease?

New periodontist carefully and just charted all tooth surfaces for pocket depths. All were 1 or 2 mm. But, I have recession. Do I have perio disease?

Probably not.: If pocket depth is less then 3-4 mm and no bleeding then chances are good that you do not have inflammatory gum disease. Cause of recession can be traumatic bite, abnormal, non harmonious jaw relationship or air way obstruction. Good luck. ...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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My reputable dental insurance provided a list of many local professionals who identify as periodontists but are not American Academy of Periodontology members. Should I pay more (out of pocket) for AAP members? Or can I trust my insurance company?

My reputable dental insurance provided a list of many local professionals who identify as periodontists but are not American Academy of Periodontology members.  Should I pay more (out of pocket) for AAP members?  Or can I trust my insurance company?

Trust?: Insurance companies have little or no interest in finding you the best dental specialists. They check on basic credentials generally. I would combine both your own independent search of highly competent and respected specialists in your area and hopefully at least one will accept your insurance. ...Read more

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