A periodontist concentrates on the gums and bones in and around the mouth. Normally, periodontists do both surgical and nonsurgical work in people’s mouths. A periodontist will perform procedures to implant dental implants into people’s mouths, create treatment plans, and speak to their patients about ways to avoid costly dental procedures in the future.
Periodontists will also educate their patients about oral hygiene and the best ways to prevent disease and discomfort within the mouth. Some of a periodontist’s job is of the cosmetic nature. Some people will come to a periodontist’s office and want to alter the way their dental appearance looks; in these cases, a periodontist will perform procedures to alter and enhance the way one’s smile looks. Periodontists generally work in private offices of their own, but sometimes they can work in hospitals and teaching facilities.
Education requirements usually follow the course of one completing dental school, and then they go on to specialize in periodontics. A residency usually lasts anywhere from two to five years. All periodontists in training will need to pass the state board exam for licensed periodontists, in order to obtain a license and officially start practicing medicine. In addition, it is wise for periodontists to register with the American Board of Periodontology.
- Design, make, and fit prosthodontic appliances such as bridges, and dentures.
- Formulate plan of treatment for patient's mouth tissue.
- Diagnose and treat diseases of gums and related oral structures, and provide preventive and corrective services.