Periodontist vs Dentist: What’s The Difference?

By Ugly Duck Team - November 20th, 2018 in Uncategorized

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Periodontist Vs Dentist: What’s The Difference?

What exactly IS a periodontist? And how does she/he differ from your family dentist? Periodontists have extended education in the periodontium which focuses on the soft tissue (gums) and bone. Periodontists are needed for advanced cases of gum disease call periodontitis which are out of the realm of treatment a general dentist.

One main difference between dentists and periodontists has to do with your gums. Periodontists are the ones who usually diagnose gum disease (like gingivitis) and periodontitis – the technical term for a disease that affects the gum AND the bones. But a periodontist also works towards treating (and with your help, preventing) any disease of the soft tissue.

Visit the Dentist for:

  • Checkups to Ensure Proper Oral Health
  • Bi-Monthly Cleanings
  • Standard X-Rays
  • Filling Cavities
  • Root Canals
  • Standard Tooth Extractions
  • Crowns or Bridges
  • Some Cosmetic Procedures (Veneers, Bonding, Whitening, Etc.)
  • Pediatric Care
  • Non-Surgical Periodontal Care

Visit the Periodontist For:

  • Deep Pocket Cleanings
  • Bone Grafting
  • Soft Tissue Removal
  • Root Planing
  • Implant Replacement
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Hard Tissue Re-contouring

Periodontic care typically presents with bleeding, tender or swollen gums, loose teeth, and mouth pain. But since the main difference between a dentist and a periodontist is the soft tissue specialty, your dentist might not be able to help you if your gums are in bad shape. Furthermore, most dentists are qualified to treat some tissue disorders only. Therefore, they may refer you for a more difficult case to somewhere like the Center for Implant Dentistry. Center for Implant Dentistry can cover your basic dental needs. Furthermore, CID has membership plans. Come in for a free consultation to discuss your specific needs. 

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