Choosing a Periodontist

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Treating Gum Disease

The health of your gums directly impacts the health of your teeth and jawbone, and even plays a role in your general well-being. Attractive, healthy gums are an important component of your beautiful smile, and choosing the right periodontist is the first step to achieving optimal gum health.

Gum disease is the root cause of many dental problems. When your gums become diseased, they are unable to provide a healthy base for your teeth. This can lead to a number of problems, the most significant being tooth loss. Many periodontal problems can be treated, but they must be diagnosed first.

A Periodontist’s Education

A periodontist is a highly trained dental specialist. He must complete a four-year undergraduate degree, and then graduate with either a DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry) degree or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from an accredited dental school. Your periodontist must then finish three to seven years as a resident in a periodontology program, accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA).

When you are choosing a periodontist, start by asking friends, family members and coworkers for recommendations. Research periodontists in your area, check their website for background information, and then schedule a consultation with several periodontists to get a chance to meet with them and discuss your oral health. Be sure to ask how much experience your prospective dental practitioner has in working with gum health.

Continuing Education

Also ask your potential periodontist how he or she keeps up with the latest advances in the field. Your periodontist should regularly participate in continuing education courses in order to ensure he is familiar with the best practices recommended by the dental profession. He should also be familiar with the most advanced technology used to treat periodontal disease.

Grove City, Ohio dentist Dr. Raymond Sheridan understands the important role continuing education plays in delivering the exceptional periodontal care you deserve. In order to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment, Dr. Sheridan and his entire team regularly participate in post-graduate training that includes extensive work in the field of periodontics.

Covered by Insurance?

It is also important to find out if your insurance plan covers periodontal treatment. If not, you will need to ask about types of payments, financing, and a payment plan, if necessary. A majority of periodontists offer financing options.

Please contact Sheridan Dental today to schedule your initial periodontal evaluation. Dr. Sheridan serves patients in Columbus, Hilliard, Grove City, and surrounding Ohio communities.

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