“Dentists, periodontists … what’s the difference, anyway?” We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between the two specialties. Periodontists like the doctor are more than just oral health professionals. Unlike dentists, who act more like general practitioners, periodontists focus on treating the soft tissue (gums) and bones supporting the teeth, as well gum disorders. Sure, dentists can prevent the onset of gum disease through regular cleanings and prescribing medications. But it is periodontists who are required for more complex and advanced cases of gum disease called periodontitis, a gum infection that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is a condition that most dentists simply don’t treat. The most severe cases of periodontitis can even lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancers of the head, neck, and pancreas.
To make things simpler, we’ve come up reasons for when you should visit the dentist and when you should give us a call to book an appointment with the doctor:
Visit your general dentist for:
Visit the doctor for:
To learn more about the differences between periodontists like the doctor and your general dentist, or to schedule your next visit, please give us a call today! We look forward to seeing and treating you!
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