Aside from being asked what a prosthodontist does, we also routinely get asked the difference between a prosthodontist and a periodontist. We have both here at Dallas Dental Arts!
While general dentists are equipped to handle routine dental care, both prosthodontists and periodontists have received extensive training in restoring teeth and treating the structures that support your teeth. Before booking an appointment with a dental specialist in Dallas, we want to establish that you are well informed about choosing the appropriate specialist.
Here are the main differences you need to know about periodontics and prosthodontics.
Prosthodontists Specialize in Restoring Damaged or Missing Teeth
A prosthodontist is a specialist who performs treatments such as applying dental crowns, dental implants, dental bridges, and creating other dental prostheses for full-mouth rehabilitation.
It’s worth noting that while general dentists may be able to perform such procedures, a prosthodontist has specific training to provide exceptional care in replacing and restoring your teeth.
Prosthodontists like our very own Dr. Allen have gone through post-grad training for three years in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic program. They are an ideal solution if you seek to have a tooth replaced and your smile and bite restored.
Periodontists Specialize in the Management and Treatment of Gum Disease
Though they address all types of gum-related conditions, periodontists mostly treat cases of gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Treatments for periodontal (gum) disease range from gum flap surgery and gum grafting to scaling and root planing.
Just like prosthodontists, a periodontist must complete post-grad training in the form of a periodontal residency that lasts about three years. Just like Dr. Allen, our periodontist Dr. Margolin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has even been voted Texas Best Periodontist!
Since he’s one of the most sought-after dental specialists in Dallas, you may contact our office for a consultation to make your dream smile a reality.