A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gums and bone. Left untreated, gum disease (periodontal disease) can cause serious infection and even tooth loss. The overall goal of periodontists is to prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
A periodontist typically:
Evaluates the patient's dental and medical history and performs an oral and dental exam
Educates patients about gum disease and complications of gum disease, good oral hygiene, and oral disease prevention
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests such as X-rays
Prescribes medications including antibiotics and pain medications
Diagnoses gum diseases and conditions including gingivitis and gum recession
Treats various gum diseases and conditions using nonsurgical and surgical techniques
Performs gum surgery, dental implant placement, and cosmetic periodontal procedures
Works closely with other dental specialists to ensure optimal care
A periodontist may also be known by the following terms: dentist, gum doctor, and gum specialist.
There are 97 specialists practicing Periodontics in Minnesota with an overall average rating of 4.5 stars. There are 7 hospitals in Minnesota with affiliated Periodontics specialists, including Buffalo Hospital, Cambridge Medical Center and CentraCare - Monticello.