A Periodontist is a dentist with additional 3 years of residency training, specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal gum diseases. A Periodontist is also specially trained to place dental implants. Periodontics is one of only 8 specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
It is important to note that periodontal disease is
usually painless and can go undetected until it’s too late
Why should I see a Periodontist?
Periodontists are experts in gum disease treatment. Your periodontal disease may progress to the point where only a Periodontist may be able to help you. Periodontists receive extensive training, including 3 additional years beyond dental school, in order to learn state-of-the-art techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases.
Dr. Caplanis is Assistant Professor and a part-time faculty member at Loma Linda University. Our doctors take over 100 hours or more of continuing educational courses per year in order to stay abreast of the newest techniques in dentistry, dental implants and periodontal treatment.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and are considering dental implants,
Dr. Caplanis can also help you decide if they are right for you.
Our doctors perform periodontal plastic surgery which can improve your gum appearance and smile. Periodontists are also specialists in detecting oral cancers.
What are the benefits of seeing a Periodontist?
Periodontists are the expert authority on diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. If you have advanced gum disease, or have been struggling to keep your gum disease under control, you should see a Periodontist. With help from our doctors, plus a dedication to good oral health, you no longer have to accept tooth loss as part of getting older, allowing you to keep your teeth for a lifetime.
What is the American Board of Periodontology?
Dr. Caplanis is one of only a handful of Board Certified Periodontists in all of Orange County. The American Board of Periodontology was founded in 1939 to elevate the standards and advance the science and art of Periodontology by encouraging its study and advancing its practice. It is officially the oldest American Dental Association recognized specialty board and is the only national certifying board in the dental specialty of Periodontics.
How can I be tested for periodontal disease?
You should request a thorough periodontal examination during every dental visit. During this exam, your gums will be probed to evaluate spaces below the gum line, referred to as “pockets”. Additionally, the periodontist will evaluate the color, firmness, and looseness of your teeth, as well as the overall symmetry of your bite. X-rays may also be utilized in order to determine the health of the supporting bone structure.
One of the other available techniques is periodontal probing. This procedure, a well-established standard in periodontal disease practices, involves a small measuring instrument. By placing this probe between the tooth and gum, a periodontist can determine the depth of pockets. This standard procedure has become a mainstay in the field of periodontics.
Ask your dentist and hygienist to show and explain to you
the complete charting at the end of every recall appointment!