If you visit your dentist regularly, you are most likely aware of most treatments they offer. If you have a cavity or chip a tooth, you’ll probably call your dentist. But what if something more serious happens, like you lose a tooth, or you notice that your gums bleed (gingivitis) when you brush and floss? This is where a gum and tooth specialist—known as a periodontist—comes in. So, what’s the real difference between a dentist and a periodontist? Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche, our experienced periodontist in Leesburg, VA, wants patients to understand the difference between this dental specialty and a general dentist.
Periodontists receive an additional three years of education after completing dental school. These three years involve education specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and in replacing teeth with dental implants, including bone grafting techniques. This additional education gives periodontists a unique qualification for treating patients with advanced and complex conditions.
Training and Experience
Dentists receive basic training in cleanings, x-rays, fillings, root canals, cosmetics, and basic tooth extractions. Our periodontist, Dr. Kharmouche, is trained in specialized treatments and techniques that restore health to your gums, bone, and teeth. In addition, our periodontist has decades of experience that focuses primarily on treating problems with the gums, which makes him a go-to for any patient experiencing gingivitis, missing teeth, and other related conditions.
While dentists may provide simple tooth extractions, periodontists are skilled in surgical extraction of teeth, including wisdom teeth and are well-versed in advanced, minimally invasive techniques. They are also trained to replace entire arches of missing teeth with full arch dental implants. Our periodontist also offers advanced and specialized treatment for gingivitis and more advanced stages of gum disease.
Ready to Schedule?
Call (571) 291-2596 now to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kharmouche or request an appointment online today. Appointments can also be made by calling (703) 444-4377 for our Sterling, VA location and (571) 261-4867 for our Gainesville, VA location.