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What Is a Periodontist?

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You know what a dentist is, but what is a periodontist and why have you been referred to this dental specialist? Here’s what you need to know before you head into your appointment:

Gum Disease and Implant Specialists

In the simplest terms, periodontists focus on gum disease and everything related to it from prevention to treatment. Of course, dentist are highly educated and trained in this area, but periodontists specialize in this area. In a normal day, a dentist will deal with a host of dental procedures from cleaning to treatment to mild periodontal disease. However, a periodontist exclusively deals with cases of periodontal disease, particularly advanced and/or troublesome cases.

Specialized Education

On paper, the easiest way to distinguish between a general dentist and a periodontist is the education level. Both professionals graduate from dental school, but a periodontist undergoes an additional three years of training. The time is spent learning about, preventing and treating cases of periodontal disease. While periodontists tend to know more about dental implants, some dentists are certified for certain procedures, leading to some overlap and confusion of duties between the two professionals.

Benefits of Seeing a Periodontist

Why should you see a periodontist in Leesburg, VA?

• Holistic Treatment: Because periodontal disease can exacerbate other medical conditions, you periodontist will consult with both your medical and dental records to ensure treatment doesn’t interfere with overall body health.
• Specialist’s Knowledge: Periodontists know more about treating the advanced stages of periodontal disease because it is their specialty. Particularly with tough or advanced cases, these are the people you want to call for a quality solution.
• Proactive Treatment: Visiting a periodontist for a check up will put your mind at ease and ensure you catch any worrying signs before they become an issue.

Periodontists help you manage your oral health, especially if you have worrying symptoms. If you have any questions about gum disease, ask Dr. Kharmouche for more information. Schedule your appointment with a quick call at (571) 291-2596.

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