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Frequently Asked Questions

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating the soft tissues and bone that support the teeth. A dentist must first graduate from an accredited dental school and then attend a periodontology residency training program. A periodontal specialy training program is a 3 year residency. The primary focus of this residency training is on both surgical and non surgical treatment of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants.
A periodontist will evaluate your teeth and gums and diagnose their condition. Periodontists can treat your gum disease so that you can save your teeth, or help improve the look of your teeth by correcting the gum problems that may have developed. Periodontists also replace teeth that are missing by placing dental implants. These dental implants can replace individual teeth, or help improve the fit of your dentures.
Periodontal disease is characterized by a presence of disease-causing bacteria, inflammation of the gums, and loss of bone around the teeth. The goal of treating gum disease is preventing the progression of periodontal disease and eliminating the inflammation in the mouth. Treating the periodontal disease will not only reduce the risk of gum disease and bone loss, but also reduce the chances of developing other serious illnesses.
All procedures, whether surgical or non-surgical, are gently performed in areas of the mouth that are made numb with local dental anesthesia. It is also possible to have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or sedation with medications that help to alleviate anxiety and make you more comfortable during your procedure.
Most periodontal treatment is covered by dental insurance. Dr. Richardson is “in network” with several insurance companies, and her office works closely with your insurance company to ensure the best possible utilization of your benefits.


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