What is a Periodontist?

 

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A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the gum and bone supporting teeth.

The periodontal specialty involves a 2-3-year residency beyond dental school, with a concentration on surgical procedures associated with dental soft tissues, bone and implant placement.

Periodontists receive extensive training in performing ridge augmentation and bone grafting, which are often required for successful dental implants outcomes.

With emphasis on treating the gums, as well as the bone, periodontists are the plastic surgeons of the mouth.