Learn more about Periodontics Practitioners and how to choose the right one for you

Learn more about Periodontics Practitioners

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 176 specialists practicing Periodontics in North Carolina with an overall average rating of 4.4 stars. There are 8 hospitals in North Carolina with affiliated Periodontics specialists, including The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Atrium Health Kings Mountain and Betsy Johnson Hospital.

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