Who Is A Periodontist
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years or more, of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants”. (www.perio.org)
Periodontists specialize in the care below the gum line, while your general dentist specializes in care above the gum line. Once dental implants are placed and healed, you are now ready to see your general dentist. Your dentist will create a custom crown or “tooth” to be placed permanently on the implant. This process is carefully crafted to ensure your bite and smile looks natural, as well as functions like an original tooth. During this process, you will alternate care between the periodontal office as well as your general dentist office. Both doctors work closely together to ensure your best outcome. It is important that both dental offices oversee your care while implants are being place, and if you have periodontal disease.
To help you achieve optimal oral health, schedule an evaluation with our experienced periodontists today at Prescott Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.