Periodontics is a term for a specialized field of dentistry. Periodontics focuses on diseases and conditions that can affect the structures and surrounding tissues of the teeth. A particular focus of periodontists is on the inflammatory diseases which can destroy gum tissue and bones. For instance, a cavity in a tooth will affect only that specific tooth, but inflammatory gum disease can affect the entire mouth and jaw. It can also lead to more serious generalized health problems.
If you need general dental care, like a filling, seeking a periodontist will not be necessary. However, for more serious issues like inflammation or infection on the gums, tooth roots, or the underlying bone will need more specialized treatment. If surgery is required, you will also need to seek the services of a periodontist. You should not self-diagnose how serious your dental concerns are. Instead, have a dentist examine your teeth and mouth and they may refer you to a periodontist if necessary.
Periodontists will provide more complex and extensive services than a general dentist. An example would be a periodontist doing scaling and root planing (the cleaning of infected tooth root surfaces), debridement or removal of damaged tissue, and surgical procedures for advanced gum disease or dental implants.
Periodontists receive the same basic training as general dentists. Once they graduate from dental school, periodontists will continue with more specialized training. The training takes about three years to complete and consists of training in the treatment of oral inflammation, prevention, diagnosis, and the treatment of periodontal diseases including gingivitis (gum disease) as well as cosmetic rejuvenation procedures. A general dentist might be able to handle minor periodontal issues, but moderate to severe periodontal disease, including complex or severe cases of inflammation or infection, should be treated by a periodontist.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
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