Just What Is A Periodontist?

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

When I meet people out of my office, they often inquire about my profession. When I say I am a Periodontist, it’s pretty typical to get a “and that is…?” tip of the head. I’m happy to explain.

A Periodontist is a dental specialist who receives three years’ additional training after dental school, focusing on the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, including placement of dental implants. They are team players with general dentists and other specialists in restoring your mouth to a healthy state.

Your smile has no future without a solid foundation of gum tissue and bone structure on which a Periodontist has made his or her specialty. We are often the ‘behind the scenes’ doctors who resolve gum problems or place implants so you can return to your general dentist for ongoing care.

Hopefully, you’ll never need a Periodontist. However, if you do, we’ll know how to restore your mouth’s foundation to a healthy state. It’s what we do!

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