How is a Periodontist different from a General Dentist?

A periodontist is a dentist who is a specialist in gum disease.

This includes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal diseases. These diseases are the infections of the various structures surrounding your teeth: the gums, the periodontal ligaments, as well as the alveolar bone which holds your teeth.

Periodontists treat more than just your teeth. Their focus is on the gums, connective tissues, and bones that keep them in place. For this reason, they must complete extensive education beyond their dental degree. This includes 3-7 years of professional training in a residency program accredited by the ADA.

When the training is complete, the periodontist can have their skills and techniques in all aspects of periodontal treatments tested through written and oral examinations in order to earn a national board certification from the American Board of Periodontology.

A periodontist is licensed both as a dentist and as a periodontist. With this license, they can work in a variety of places: dental schools, hospitals, state and international agencies, or as a private practice. Periodontists can also pursue research opportunities in order to test new periodontal therapy methods and to study the relationship between periodontal diseases and other systemic diseases.

Dr. Hodges is a periodontist with offices in Rockwall and Paris, Texas, and is always welcoming new patients. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, please contact us today in order to schedule an appointment.