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Periodontists are dentists who receive extensive training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. These specialized dentists also place dental implants and treat oral inflammation when needed. This training takes an additional three years of education beyond dental school and includes instruction on the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, as well as classes on cosmetic periodontal procedures.

Who Should See a Periodontist?

• Severe gum disease
• Certain chronic conditions — heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy
• Deep gum pockets
• Bleeding gums
• History of gum disease
• Dental implant placement

What Procedures Does a Periodontist Perform?

What Happens During a Visit to the Periodontist?

Your medical and dental histories are reviewed during your first visit with the periodontist at Prime Smile Dental Group. Dr. Kim then examines your gums to see if you have any gum line recession and evaluates how your teeth fit together when biting. He also checks to see if you have any loose teeth.

Dr. Kim places a small measuring instrument, called a probe, between your teeth and gums to ascertain the depth of your periodontal pockets. This information helps Dr. Kim assess the health of your gums. Additionally, X-rays help Dr. Kim monitor the health of the bone below your gum line.

For the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Kim at Prime Smile Dental Group in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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