What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating issues affecting the gums, bone and jaw of the mouth, including periodontal disease (gum disease) and placing implants. Periodontists complete 3 years of training beyond dental school and are uniquely qualified to help you achieve total oral health.
What’s the difference between a dentist and a periodontist?
Traditional dentists can diagnose and treat a wide range of oral health issues, while periodontists specialize in placing dental implants and diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease.
Why do you need to see a periodontist?
Most patients choose to see a periodontist vs. a dentist for their added expertise. At our offices, you can get all your dental care needs taken care of under one roof. We offer preventive cleanings and treatments as well as specialized care for gum disease, implants, and any other issues affecting the gums, bone and jaw of your mouth. If you have gum disease, missing teeth, bone loss, or other periodontal concerns, a periodontist is best suited to treat your condition.
What are the stages of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease has four stages:
- Slight periodontal disease
- Moderate periodontal disease
- Advanced periodontal disease
Is gum disease reversible?
Gingivitis is the only stage of periodontal disease that is reversible. However, with the help of a periodontist, you can slow down the disease and stabilize your health and smile.
What procedures does a periodontist perform?
When should I go to a periodontist?
Some of the most common reasons someone will visit a periodontist includes:
- Gum disease
- Bleeding, receding, and swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
- Bone loss
- Missing teeth
Can a periodontist do general dentistry?
Yes! While periodontists are much more skilled at placing dental implants and diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease than general dentists, they can also help you with general dentistry services — for example, routine exams, cleanings, and x-rays. However, not all periodontists choose to offer these services. At our offices, we want to be your choice for all your dental health needs!
What to expect
How much does it cost to treat periodontal disease?
A lot of patients wonder if periodontal treatment is expensive. The cost of treating periodontal disease and other periodontal issues is different for every person. It will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Your unique health situation
- Severity of your issues
- Which teeth are affected
- What treatments you need
After evaluating your situation, we’ll help you understand exactly what costs to expect. Keep in mind that periodontal treatments are an investment in your long-term whole body health and the future of your smile and happiness.
Is periodontitis covered by insurance?
Periodontal disease treatment is often covered by dental insurance. You may also be able to take advantage of our flexible financing options.
Is periodontal treatment painful?
Thanks to modern advancements, gum disease treatments are much less invasive and much more comfortable than in years past. At our offices, your comfort is our priority. We offer a variety of relaxation options to help you relax and feel comfortable during your treatments, including:
- IV sedation
- Oral sedation
- Local anesthesia
- Nitrous oxide
- General anesthesia options
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