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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can I see an endodontist for a consult (vs. periodontist) if a fistula is a result of tooth decay at/ inside the margin of a permanent crown?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Extremely few!: There are no statistics that we can give you. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My periodontist thinks I worry too much. But I want to get more second opinions. Is pocket depth checking something that should be avoided?
No: Periodontal probing should do no harm.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
My new general dentist sent me to my new periodontist saying that person should be asked about my occlusion (bite). Is this common practice?
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
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?
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?
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?
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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