In dentistry, there are specialists who are trained to provide care for each individual aspect of your oral health. There are dental specialists who are considered to be industry experts regarding the teeth, the gums, braces, wisdom teeth removal, and even cosmetics.
A periodontist is the dental expert who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of any conditions which involve the structures that support the teeth. This includes the jawbone, gum tissue, periodontal fibers, reconstructive procedures, dental implants and even oral cancer. So, what makes a periodontist different than a general dentist, orthodontist, or endodontist? The answer: advanced clinical training and board certification in every aspect of periodontal health.
Currently, there are approximately 59 institutions such as universities, hospitals, and military facilities in the U.S.and Canada which offer advanced periodontal training programs for dentists. Typically, these programs require a degree in general dentistry, followed by at least 3 years of clinical and classroom-based instruction in order to improve the dentist’s knowledge and proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal conditions.
This training also includes the management of medical conditions, preventive care, treatment planning, advanced surgical techniques, periodontal plastic surgery, and the placement of dental implants. Dentists who pursue this additional coursework will typically earn a masters or Ph.D. degree at these institutions.
In order to receive board-certification, a periodontist must successfully complete extensive oral and written exams pertaining to every phase of periodontal disease and the appropriate treatments. These examinations often include detailed research and reporting on periodontal care that has been performed by the candidate.
Outside of the dental office setting, many periodontists hold leadership positions at accredited dental schools, as well as state, national and international facilities. There are also a number of intriguing research opportunities involving the pathology of periodontal disease, testing of various therapies, and clinical trials to evaluate the relationship between periodontal health and overall health.
If you’d like to learn more about your periodontist’s expertise regarding dental implants and other periodontal procedures, call the office of Dr. Stephen Weisglass at 718-544-8787 to schedule your personalized consultation today.