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

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 2- 3 years training

2 - 3 years of specialty training after dental school.
Cost can be as much as $150 - 200,000, depending on school, teaching position, scholarships, etc. It is a long haul.

In brief: 2- 3 years training

2 - 3 years of specialty training after dental school.
Cost can be as much as $150 - 200,000, depending on school, teaching position, scholarships, etc. It is a long haul.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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In brief: In part

So a periodontist does 2-3 years more training than a general dentist and then limits their practice to focus on periodontal examinations, diagnosis and treatment.
Yes the treatment can be more costly with a specialist, but usually the quality of the care, the extra time put into training etc are worth the increased cost.

In brief: In part

So a periodontist does 2-3 years more training than a general dentist and then limits their practice to focus on periodontal examinations, diagnosis and treatment.
Yes the treatment can be more costly with a specialist, but usually the quality of the care, the extra time put into training etc are worth the increased cost.
Dr. David Schneider
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dentistry

In brief: Didactic, research

A periodontist is a specialist.
His training usually contains more research and stringent didactic requirments at an accredited university. A dentist, on the other hand, is only required to attend continuing education class. There is usually a lot less research involved. Nevertheless, the cost should not reflect how much education one has, but more of the final result.

In brief: Didactic, research

A periodontist is a specialist.
His training usually contains more research and stringent didactic requirments at an accredited university. A dentist, on the other hand, is only required to attend continuing education class. There is usually a lot less research involved. Nevertheless, the cost should not reflect how much education one has, but more of the final result.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui
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