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The five most-asked questions about periodontal disease, Part 3

Dr. Guglielmoni answers the five questions about periodontal disease The Practice SF hears most frequently.

Number 3:  Why do I need a periodontist to treat periodontal disease?

Dentistry is like any other branch of medicine.  You have general practitioners, and you have specialists.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease.

In the same way  your family physician handles your systemic health, referring you to specialists as needed, your general dentist acts as the conductor of your oral healthcare orchestra.  He or she knows when you have a situation that requires treatment by a specialist.  When you show symptoms of periodontal disease, the specialist to see is a periodontist.

Coming up next:  Why is a dental implant the best solution for the tooth I lost to periodontal disease?  To view Part 1, click here.  To view Part 2, click here.

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Paola Guglielmoni, DDS, MS, is a periodontist and a partner in The Practice SF. She earned her dental degree in her native Italy and worked as a general dentist in Genova. Dr. Guglielmoni moved to the USA and received her DDS from Loma Linda University where she also completed her Certificate in Periodontics and Masters Degree in Oral Biology. She has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Periodontology at UCSF. Dr. Guglielmoni is a member of several professional organizations including The American Dental Association, The American Academy of Periodontics, The Academy of Osseointegration, and the California Society of Periodontists.

5 Responses to “The five most-asked questions about periodontal disease, Part 3”

  1. Long Island Reconstructive Periodontics November 16, 2010 at 1:28 AM #

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    • Paola November 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM #

      Thank you, your site is very insightful too. We will be starting LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) next year and are very excited about it.

      • Lary Schiller November 17, 2010 at 11:58 AM #

        That’s a surprise. Does the research support LANAP as being superior to root planing or a conservative enap procedure where you have better access to calculus. Let me know!

        • Paola November 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM #

          Thank you for your question, Lary.

          Yes, both Greg and I believe the research is significant and shows beneficial effects from laser therapy. We are also only considering a specific type of Laser (Nd:YAG) and a specific patented procedure (LANAP). The evidence is clear, and more studies are coming out, but these are a few convincing ones:

          Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2007 Dec;27(6):577-87. Histologic evaluation of an Nd:YAG laser-assisted new attachment procedure in humans. ( Yukna RA, Carr RL, Evans GH.

          Lasers Med Sci. 2010 Jun 27. Long-term effects of a single application of a water-cooled pulsed Nd:YAG laser in supplement to scaling and root planing in patients with periodontal inflammation. ( Qadri T, Javed F, Poddani P, Tunér J, Gustafsson A.; Division of Periodontology, Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 4064, SE 141 04, Huddinge, Sweden,

          J Periodontol. 2010 Oct 8. The Effect of Low Level Laser Therapy as an Adjunct to Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment. ( Aykol G, Baser U, Maden I, Kazak Z, Onan U, Tanrikulu-Kucuk S, Ademoglu E, Issever H, Yalcin F.

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