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

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