Choosing a Provider for Advanced Periodontal Care

dca-blog_article-17_choose-provider-advanced-periodontal

Routine dental treatments like fillings are usually best handled by an affordable dentist, but if you suffer from advanced gum disease, or you plan to have tooth implants placed, you may need to see a specialist known as a periodontist. It’s especially important to see a periodontist if you use tobacco or you have conditions that predispose you to periodontal disease. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and lung disease. Severe periodontal disease can result in tooth loss and may even affect your general health, so you need an experienced professional on your side.

A Periodontist’s Education and Skills

After completing a four-year undergraduate degree and then becoming a Doctor of Dental Surgery, periodontists must complete a residency program, and pass strict written and oral exams to earn board certification. Certified periodontists are skilled in performing non-surgical periodontal treatments like scaling and root planning and surgical procedures like regeneration, pocket reduction, and gingivectomy. They also perform dental implant placement and cosmetic procedures like gingival sculpting and ridge augmentation.

Your First Periodontal Visit

At your first visit, your periodontist will take a complete medical history, evaluate your condition, and formulate a treatment plan. Be sure to bring a list of all your medications, including over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements. Your physical examination will include an evaluation of your head, neck, jaw, mouth, and throat as well as your teeth and gums. Several x-rays may be taken. Once a diagnosis is made, your periodontist will discuss your treatment options, and offer a comprehensive plan that includes ongoing maintenance.

How to Choose a Periodontist

Finding the best periodontists in your area may be as simple as asking your dentist for a referral. If you’re tackling the job on your own, consider the following key factors before choosing your provider.

  • Continuing education and credentials
  • Length of time in practice
  • Insurance plans accepted
  • Conservative or aggressive treatment philosophy
  • Pain management and anesthesia options
  • Office hours and location
  • Emergency care options

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania today at (215) 789-9675 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to spare. […]
Donald B.
Dr, Valentine & the Staff.
Alice W.
Pleasant staff, knowledgeable dentist. Very professional.
Debra R.
the people there are great
Gerald V.
Wonderful practice with Caring and skilled staff. Dr. Valentine is terrific. Highly recommend.
Charlene R.
Front office staff very nice. Hygienist very nice and did a great job !
Terri B.
Tara is the best.
Emilio C.
The office is very clean and organized. Also the staff are friendly.
Mhia G.
The staffs are very nice and they did a great job!
Alice W.
The service with Gentle Dental is very good the receptionist to the nurses and doctors are all welcoming and sweet and they talk with you about other things other than dental you know which is good. […]
Racquel S.
Concern; of all…
Sister L.
Dr. Minetola is an amazing dentist and his assistant Judy is wondeful
Dominique P.
Excellent service
Tunisia D.
Very cooperative and understanding people
David H.
I like the staff there and feel very at ease there.
Greta G.
I recommended Gentle Dental to my friend. She is as happy with the staff and service as I am!!
Diana R.
Friendly, knowledgeable and willing to listen to the patient.
Sharon S.
I’ve been going to Gentle Dental for several years now. Back in April I took a fall down some concrete steps, leaving some severe trauma to my mouth and me without two front teeth. Dr. Nached and […]
Hillary H.
The office staff is friendly and the environment is warm and inviting. My Dental Hygienist Fern is professional yet has the gift of making you feel at ease during her procedures. My dentist Dr. […]
Rita A.
Fern is always so friendly & easy to talk to – even in the middle of a teeth cleaning. The dentist gives great advice & is extremely polite. I’ll pay for the more expensive dental plan […]
Paige K.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here