A periodontist is a dentist who has been specifically trained in how to treat, diagnose, and prevent periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. With so many potential options, how do you select the right periodontist for you? Consider the following factors when choosing a periodontist in Indianapolis and Fishers.
- Get a referral: To focus your search for a periodontist, ask for a referral from your general dentist. Dentists work closely with periodontists so they will likely know where you can start.
- Proper training and education: When selecting a periodontist, confirm that they are board certified. A periodontist have training beyond an undergraduate degree and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from an accredited dental institution. They also need three to seven years of formal training through a periodontal residency program accredited by the American Dental Association. Beyond accreditation, the periodontist may pursue board certification from the American Board of Periontology. This particular certificate must be renewed every few years. Re-certification is representative of the periodontist’s continuing education in the field of periodontics.
- The periodontist’s treatment philosophy: Periodontist differ in their approach to treatment philosophies. For instance, one periodontist may take a more aggressive stance with disease and pursue surgery, while others favor a more conservative route. When you have your first consultation with your Indianapolis periodontist, be sure you understand and are comfortable with their approach to treatment. This consultation is your opportunity to get to know the professional who will help you reach your dental goals. Beyond their treatment philosophy, consider how accommodating the staff is and the chairside manner of the periodontist.
- Do they accept your insurance? When considering a periodontist, consider the estimated costs of the proposed procedure. Do they work with your insurance? If your dental insurance does not include treatment costs, will the periodontist provide in house or third party financing?
- Do they have convenient locations and office hours? Will it take five or fifty minutes to drive to the periodontist’s office? Do they have office hours that extend beyond the typical 9-5PM, that accommodate your busy work schedule? For instance, Indy Implants has two locations in Fishers and Indianapolis for your convenience.
At Indy Implants, we look forward to meeting with you and discussing your dental goals. Call us today to set up a consultation with Dr. Michael D. Edwards, our resident periodontist. Our aim is to serve your periodontal needs and move you toward a healthier, happier smile.