A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, over the course of three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, cosmetic periodontal procedures (periodontal plastic surgery) and the placement of dental implants.
Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Dr. Ferguson offers a wide range of treatments, such as placement of dental implants, extractions and bone grafts, removal of wisdom teeth, root coverage procedures (gum grafts), periodontal surgery, sinus lifts, and IV sedation.
Dr. Ferguson also has hygienists on staff who provide initial non surgical periodontal therapy (scaling and root planing) as well as routine cleanings and/or periodontal maintenance therapy.
During the first visit, the Dr. Ferguson usually reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is extremely important for Dr. Ferguson to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.
Dr. Ferguson will also examine the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. Dr. Ferguson will then take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets; this helps Dr. Ferguson assess the health of the gums. Current X-rays will also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
The surgical staff at Premier Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, P.C. are experienced, certified dental assistants, who assist in administration of IV sedation and surgery. All staff are well trained and CPR certified.