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What is a Dentist vs. a Periodontist?

Dental Shop Staff Writer | February 3, 2017

It is important to see a Dentist regularly if you want to maintain good oral and overall health. Dentists are the general experts when it comes to your mouth. But, if your dentist detects any complicated gum issues during a routine check-up, they will either work closely with or refer you to a periodontist.


A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the structures that surround and support the teeth; they evaluate the gum, bone, and connecting tissue of each tooth.  Most full coverage dental insurance plans will cover periodontic services as a major service.


What does a Periodontist do?


Because periodontists have attended an additional two to three years of education beyond dental school, they assess and treat more complicated dental issues such as:


            - oral inflammation
            - severe gum problems and gum disease
            - periodontal disease
            - the placement, repair, and maintenance of dental implants


Periodontists have received extensive training in these areas and are familiar with the most recent techniques and procedures that will best treat their patients. They can efficiently evaluate and fix the gum line, bite alignment and loose teeth.


What is the workplace like for a Periodontist?


The workplace environment is actually quite similar for dentists and periodontists.  They can work in solo practices, group practices, health clinics and dental schools. Dentists and periodontists can even work within the same office which allows them to collaborate when treating patients.


By purchasing a plan through the, you'll have coverage for preventative care so that your dentist can refer you to a periodontist if and when specialized attention is needed.

Category: Individual Dental