Periodontists

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and bone that support the teeth. They perform thorough clinical examinations, measuring the depth of gum pockets and checking for gingival bleeding, and may do tests to find out which types of bacteria are involved. Periodontal surgery may be needed in more severe cases of periodontitis. Some periodontists also insert dental implants to replace lost teeth or perform gum grafts in situations where the gums have receded. The American Academy of Periodontology has a membership of 8,400, most of whom are periodontists in practice.


Quick Facts
Duties Specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and bone that support the teeth
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Mathematics
Experience Residency
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Periodontal Practice
  • Periodontist
  • Periodontal Resident

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