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A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment, study and management of supporting structures around the teeth.
This dental specialist expertly diagnoses, prevents, treats, and manages periodontal diseases. He or she is also responsible for the placement of dental implants when the need arises.
Apart from the duties mentioned above; a periodontist expertly treats oral inflammations caused by disease or trauma. Periodontists receive extensive training in this area of specialty; typically a Periodontist studies three additional years beyond the usual dental school with extensive training and exposure.
This specialist is familiar with the latest diagnostic techniques, new treatment modalities and is trained in the areas of cosmetic hence the perform profession cosmetic periodontal procedures.
In complex situations like severe gum disease or a complex medical history, periodontist uses expert knowledge to handle such complicated oral conditions.
They offer a wide range of treatments like scaling of teeth, root planning, root resurface debridement, and treat severe gum diseases.
Periodontists are also trained in the aspects of maintenance, placement, repair and monitoring of dental implants.
Periodontist Mode of Operation:
On your first visit to a periodontist, the periodontist reviews a patient’s complete dental and medical histories. It is imperative for a periodontist to get full knowledge of past medical records because some medications may interact and cause damage during periodontal care. A periodontist will pay special attention to patients with diabetes, pregnancy, heart disease and other systemic diseases because certain periodontal medications may not be so good for this category of patients.
After taking a proper case history and patient’s history, a periodontist examines the checks, gums and teeth to see if there are gum recessions. The periodontal doctor also assesses how the teeth fit together during chewing, grinding and biting. If any teeth are loose, he/she will also detect it during the examinations.
If a periodontist suspects any abnormalities, he/she will take a small measuring instrument known as the probe and place it between the gums and the teeth. This procedure is to determine the depth of spaces. This depth of spaces is known as the ‘periodontal pockets’.
Checking the periodontal pockets helps in the assessment of the heath of the gums.
When indicated, X-ray can also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line of the patient.
After diagnosis, a periodontist swings into action by creating, managing and preventing the condition. He/she also counsels the patients and proposes the best course of actions.
A periodontist offers a topnotch solution to all gum diseases and diseases affecting the supporting structures around the teeth.
All periodontists are dentist, but not all dentists are periodontist. Any dentist who wishes to be a licensed periodontist has to study a minimum of 3years after finishing dental school.