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Periodontist vs. Dental practitioner: When to go and Who to see

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What is General Dentistry:

You can compare a general dentist to that of your primary care physician. Like the name implies a general dentist deals with general oral healthcare issues. They primarily take care of preventing major oral ailments and the maintenance of oral hygiene like routine check-ups, teeth cleaning as well as educating patients on other proper hygiene techniques.

Their education is not as specialized as a periodontist, but a general dentist has a broad understanding of minor oral procedures and can perform treatments like root canals, cavity fillings, as well as common tooth extraction.

Reasons to see a general dentist:

– Examinations

– Cleanings

– Typical X-Rays

– Crowns or Bridges

– Some Cosmetic Procedures (Veneers, Bonding, Whitening).

What Is Periodontal Dentistry:

A periodontist is a dental expert that concentrates on the gums and the periodontal tissue that surrounds your teeth. What makes them distinct to the standard dental professional is they have up to an added 3 years of education and training on periodontal disease treatment.

The majority of periodontist cases are a lot more intricate than that of a general dentist such as diagnosing and also dealing with severe periodontal issues and infections within the bone. An instance would be if an individual were dealing with extreme periodontitis (gum infection), they would more than likely go to a periodontist. The periodontist also must be well versed and have mastered advanced surgical methods like regenerative surgical treatments for soft tissue cases along with dental implant positionings.

Reasons to Visit the Periodontist:

– Deep Pocket Cleanings

– Bone Grafting

– Root Planning

– Crown Lengthening

– Hard Tissue Recontouring

Contact Us for More Info:

If you are still unsure about choosing the right practitioner, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kharmouche. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Nova Perio Specialists can answer any questions you have about anything dental related.

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