What is a periodontist, exactly? A periodontist like Dr. Robert Horowitz is a dentist who has had extra training so as to treat periodontal disease. They may also install dental implants, treat gum inflammation, and perform cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists complete three years of education in addition to dental school and take continuing education classes to stay current on new periodontal techniques.
If you have early-stage gum disease, you may find that satisfactory treatment from a general dentist is enough. If, however, your disease has progressed or if your dental history is rather complicated, you will likely need to see a periodontist.
Periodontists are trained in a broad range of periodontal treatments. For example, one common treatment is scaling and root planing, wherein Dr. Robert Horowitz will clean your infected teeth roots. Another treatment is root surface debridement wherein diseased gum tissue is removed. A periodontist may perform procedures to strengthen a jawbone that has been weakened or may replace teeth that have been lost in the disease with dental implants.
Here’s how your first visit may go: our team will first review your medical and dental history. Then Dr. Robert Horowitz and our team will inspect your gums for periodontal pockets, check for gum recession, test your bite, and look for any loose teeth. We will also take x-rays to assess the state of your jawbone and teeth.
If you need a periodontist in Scarsdale, New York, you’ve come to the right place! Just ring us at 914-723-3366 to book an appointment at Robert A. Horowitz, DDS.