How Periodontists Differ From General Dentists

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When you go to your local dentist, you usually expect them to have the answer or treatment for nearly every dental problem. Sometimes the oral health problems you have need more treatment than a regular dentist can offer. This is when you are referred to a Periodontist! Here at Lawrence Periodontics, we specialize in periodontal procedures that require more advanced training than most general dentists have completed.

A Periodontist has gone through advanced training to have the skillsets to provide this more complex care. They specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease). The treatment may involve multiple approaches including scaling and root planing, pocket reduction surgery, bone grafting to repair periodontal disease, and ridge augmentation to increase the dimensions of the existing bone. Replacing teeth that have been lost with dental implants is another part of a periodontal practice Whether surgical or non-surgical, our team has gone through the training needed to perform any of these advanced surgical methods and are prepared to treat you and your smile.

Before performing any procedure, we make sure to review your full medical and dental history to look at any conditions that may be the cause of your oral problems. We assess the alignment of your teeth, check the gums for damaged tissues, loose teeth, missing teeth, and options for treating these problems. Whether you have signs of moderate or severe periodontal disease, you should definitely see your Periodontist right away.

Dr. Hambleton has been in practice for about 40 years. This included 12 years as a general dentist, then three more years of formal, advanced periodontal training. He has been a practicing periodontist for the last 25 years. He is a member of multiple associations, including the American Dental Association, the Midwest Society of Periodontists, the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Board of Periodontology, and more. Dr. Hambleton concentrates his annual 30+ hours of continuing education on periodontal treatment and dental implants. To get treatment for any number of oral health problems, be sure to contact our team. We’ll be happy to help you get the treatment you need today!!