It is important to stay proactive about your oral health. For common dental issues and regular cleanings, a general dentist is more than capable of fulfilling those needs. However, a periodontist can be more helpful for addressing bone- and gum-related issues and surgery needs, such as dental implants. Take some time to learn about these specialists and what they have to offer.



A periodontist is a type of dentist. Like general dentists, a periodontist will complete the traditional dental school curriculum and pass the licensing exams. However, their training does not stop there. A periodontist goes on to complete an additional three years of training focused on understanding and learning to treat the tissues and bones of the mouth. This prepares them to be able to prevent, diagnose and treat periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, at all stages.


The Right Choice

As with any other medical specialist, a periodontist can perform general procedures. However, for general dentistry needs it would not be necessary to see a specialist. On the other hand, if you have or are concerned about gum disease or other bone or tissue related problems, then seeing a periodontist can be quite beneficial. Along with gum disease, these professionals may also specialize in a few other procedures, such as:


·         bone and tissue grafting

·         root planning

·         oral surgery

·         and more


A periodontal professional can assist you with developing the proper plan to ensure the necessary care of your teeth, gums and mouth in general.


If you are having gum or bone issues, consider seeing your local periodontist. Dr. Joseph Gaspari is highly knowledgeable and accomplished periodontist in the area. He and the rest of the team would love the opportunity to work with you to determine and meet your oral health goals. For more information on gum disease and dental implants in Bethlehem, PA and the surrounding area, contact us today.