A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. A periodontist may also place dental implants, which are an option for tooth replacement. Training is extensive and includes three years of education and training beyond dental school.
Because periodontal disease may range from mild to severe or affect those who have other health problems as well, periodontists may perform a variety of treatments. Scaling and root planing may be used to clean the teeth and remove damaged tissue from the surface of the root. Surgical procedures may be used to treat more severe infections or periodontitis.
If you suffer from gum disease, our periodontist will perform a comprehensive exam that includes a complete medical and dental history in order to better understand your current condition and provide you with the most appropriate treatments possible. Certain medications or health conditions may adversely affect gum health or increase the risk of post-procedure complications. Our periodontist will then examine your gums for signs of recession, check your bite and measure the depth of your periodontal pockets, or the spaces between the teeth and gums. X-rays may also be necessary to provide a more thorough picture of your periodontal health.
Although many patients can continue seeing general dentists for their dental care needs, those who have signs of periodontal disease can benefit from a periodontist’s expertise. Periodontal disease has been closely linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other major health conditions, but proper treatment can improve patient outcomes. Contact our Los Angeles dental implants specialist to learn more or to schedule your consultation.