A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum/periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training, including three additional years of full-time surgical training following dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as patients with severe gum disease or a complex medical history.
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