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What Does a Periodontist Do?

by Dr. Joshua Davidson, Senior Dental Care Expert
May 08, 2019

Question: What does a periodontist do?


A periodontist is a specialist, just like an endodontist (root canals), orthodontist (straighten teeth), pediatric dentist (children), etc. Often specialists will work in tandem with a general dentist to achieve the highest quality care for the patient. During any dental visit, a general dentist or hygienist will always check the health of the periodontium; the surrounding structures that support the teeth; bone, gums, ligaments. 

Should the dental team find the need for more extensive treatment, the patient may be referred to the periodontist who will address any defect or necessary maintenance to keep the periodontium healthy. Sometimes a “deep cleaning” will be needed to stabilize the teeth. The periodontist will clean below the gumline to make sure the bacterial load has been reduced. 

Currently, many periodontists are the also the ones who will place implants (though general dentists might place implants as well).

Joshua Davidson is a 2011 graduate of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Public Health. He currently works at the Chippewa Falls Dental Center in Chippewa Falls, WI focusing on issues of geriatric dental care.

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