What is a Periodontist

A periodontist is a dental specialist who is an expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the gum and bone that are caused by bacteria. In addition, periodontists treat gum recession and place dental implants. Approximately 75 percent of all Americans have some form of periodontal disease, known by many as gum disease. If left untreated, this usually painless disease can result in tooth loss. We pride ourselves on taking advanced training in the field of periodontics and implants. Dr. Giller attends between 60 and 75 hours each year in continuing education courses.

What can I expect the first time I visit a periodontist?

During your first visit, your periodontist will review your complete medical and dental history with you. It’s extremely important for your periodontist to know if you are taking any medications or being treated for any condition that can affect your periodontal care. You will be given a complete oral and periodontal exam. Dr. Giller will examine your gums, check to see if there is any gum recession and check your teeth to see if any are loose. He will also take a small measuring instrument and place it between your teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets. This helps your periodontist assess the health of your gums. Radiographs (x-rays) may be used to show the bone levels between your teeth to check for possible bone loss.

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