What is the difference between a Periodontist and a DDS?

We all have choices when it comes to our dental care. Brian Gurinsky, DDS, MS strives to provide the most effective periodontal services available to our patients using state of the art technology.

It is important to understand the difference between a periodontist and a DDS or Doctor of Dental Surgery, so patients are aware of what services are available to them.

Periodontists specialize in soft tissue and bone disease, allowing the dentist to work on both the patient’s teeth and gums. They prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal disease, gingivitis, as well as any oral inflammation. Periodontist cases are usually more complex, and many patients are sent to them from a general dentist. Their main focus is on gum health, and treatment for any gum disease. They also specialize in the bone supporting the teeth.

We provide our patients with on time personalized care to ensure they have an exceptional experience. We will meet with you to go over any concerns you may have and advise the best treatment options to fit your periodontal needs.

Periodontal services are listed below:

  • Regenerative surgery or periodontal plastic surgery.
  • Deep pocket cleaning of the gums.
  • Bone grafting.
  • Soft tissue removal.
  • Crown lengthening.
  • Dental implant placement.
  • Some cases may involve oral surgery or treatment for an infected root on a tooth.

Periodontists complete a four year dental program, but then must complete an additional three years of postdoctoral training. Periodontics is one of nine specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association.

A DDS or Doctor of Dental Surgery treats routine care, and their focus is on the general health of the mouth, teeth and gums. After completing their undergraduate degree, dentists must complete a four-year program, and then acquire their state license.

Here are a few services a DDS offers:

  • A DDS focuses on routine teeth cleanings, tooth decay, x-rays, and gum health.
  • They also perform root canals, crowns or bridges.
  • They handle tooth removal, injured or decaying teeth.
  • They are considered the general dentist for overall oral health, and also screen for oral cancer or disease.
  • Cosmetic services are also performed by a DDS such as teeth whitening, veneers or bonding.

In many cases a DDS may refer a patient to a periodontist for specialty services regarding gums or the bone supporting the teeth.

If your mouth is sore, and your gums are in need of help then you would want to go see a periodontist. Periodontitis or swollen sore gums can lead to diabetes or even cancer so it is important to pay attention to your symptoms and go see the proper specialist for treatment. Good oral hygiene and brushing and flossing twice a day is a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Please call or email us today to schedule your appointment, and let us handle your periodontal needs.

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