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Frequently Asked Periodontal Questions – Dallas, TX

Ask Your Periodontal Expert

Patients ask us a lot of questions every day, and we’re always happy to take the time to answer them. If you want to know more about the types of services we provide or what your options are, you are always welcome to give us a call. Before that, be sure to read our responses to some of the most common questions we receive below.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental specialist, one who primarily treats issues related to gum disease and tooth loss. In order to become a periodontist, a person must first graduate from dental school, complete a multi-year periodontics program, and then become board-certified. We’re fortunate to have two fully-certified periodontists here at Lincoln Park Periodontal and Dental Implant Group!

Do I need a referral to see a periodontist?

While many patients are referred to periodontists by their general dentist, you do NOT need a referral to schedule an appointment with us. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, think you might have gum disease, or you’re dealing with failing or missing teeth, you can go ahead and schedule an appointment with us directly.

What does “board-certified” periodontist mean?

To become board-certified, a periodontist has to graduate from dental school, complete a periodontic residency, and then pass an extensive examination offered by the American Board of Periodontology. Completing this process shows that a dentist has gone above and beyond when it comes to training and education and can offer the highest level of periodontal care.

If I’m seeing a periodontist, should I still visit my general dentist?

Yes, even if you are receiving treatment from a periodontist, you should still attend routine visits with your general dentist. Usually, your periodontist and general dentist will collaborate so the care you’re receiving from both works together and enhances your results.

After I have been treated for gum disease, can it come back?

Yes, periodontal treatment does not prevent a patient from developing gum disease in the future, though it can lower the chances of reinfection. This is why consistent oral hygiene and checkups and cleanings are so important following periodontal care, as these are essential for avoiding future issues.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Our periodontal office would be happy to accept your dental insurance and file your claim so you’re able to save as much as possible on your treatment. To get a rough estimate of your out-of-pocket costs with us, please give us a call with your policy information handy.