Why see a specialist ?
A general dentist can practice Periodontics or place implants, but cannot claim to be a specialist in the field, nor do they have the additional training or expertise to perform more complicated procedures. Generally, a non-specialist’s training consists only of short courses in diagnosis and treatment with minimal hands-on experience. Furthermore, most periodontists undergo hundreds of hours in periodontal and implant related continuing education every year, and are well versed in the latest science and literature in their field. Their constant exposure to the most challenging of cases allows them to remain experts in the latest techniques and materials.
Some periodontist choose to receive board certification in Periodontics and become a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology which requires even more stringent written and oral examinations. The intent of board certification is to demonstrate that a certified dental specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation. This includes an examination process designed to assess the knowledge, experience and skills requisite to the provision of high quality patient care in that specialty.