What Is A Periodontist?

A periodontist is a certified specialist with formal residency training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all forms of periodontal disease, including gingivitis, periodontitis, gum recession, and of other oral health issues. Periodontists are specially trained to save teeth when possible. However, when teeth are lost to disease or accident, periodontists are also specially trained to replace them using dental implants. Periodontists are also experts at oral plastic surgery and regenerating lost gum and bone around teeth. In that, periodontics literally is the foundation for any dental treatment plan!

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health recognizes periodontics as one of the four specialties of dentistry. The education consists of a three-year full-time residency training program beyond dental school.

The residency in San Antonio, TX is particularly arduous! Its primary goal is to provide the best clinical periodontal training in the world. The faculty are internationally recognized as authorities in the field of implantology and periodontics. Landmark studies on the swiss dental implant Straumann® were carried out there.

To further broaden his clinical skills in prosthetics, Dr. Gaumet worked for 6 years in a renowned practice on the French Riviera. There, he was coached and mentored by a famed restorative dentist.

His breadth of training gives him a unique understanding of all the elements that go into a functional and natural-looking smile. In that, he is a true architect of your smile.

Should i seek out a Periodontist or an Oral Surgeon for my implants?

Periodontists receive training directed at the soft tissue and bone within the mouth, whereas oral surgeons are trained in more involved surgeries of the head and neck. The different backgrounds of both specialties provide each with a unique perspective. Periodontists receive prosthetic specific training. Their curriculum is geared more toward the planning of how many implants need to be placed, and wherein particular; and on what angulation. Implant surgery is not a big deal but how the masticatory forces are directed to implant is what matters for the long-term success of your implant-supported prosthesis. Periodontists are also better trained to handle gum around implants. This can be critical from an aesthetic standpoint.

To tell the truth, the reasons why you should seek out an oral surgeon to have your implants placed are scarce.

Besides, patients also should understand that there is a significant difference between a post-graduate residency program training surgical specialist (oral surgeons and periodontists) and abbreviated continuing education courses introducing implants to general dentists.

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