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What’s a periodontist, and how can one help with my oral health care?

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A periodontist specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases of the gums and of the bones of teeth. This dentist diagnoses and treats gingivitis (gum inflammation) and periodontitis (gum and bone disease). A periodontist may do:

  • Simple and deep pocket cleanings
  • Root planing
  • Crown lengthening
  • Soft tissue and bone grafting
  • Gingival or flap procedures
  • Soft tissue recontouring or removal (gingivoplasty or gingivectomy)
  • Hard tissue recontouring (osteoplasty)
  • Implant placement

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Specialities."

Michigan Dental Association: "What Are the Dental Specialities?"

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 19, 2019

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