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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

What is the difference between periodontology and dentistry


Posted on 8/8/2022 by Dr. Boustany
What is the difference between periodontology and dentistryPeriodontology is a field in dentistry specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases, placing dental implants, and treatment of oral inflammation. Dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis, and prevention of gum, teeth, and oral cavity diseases. It also involves advising the patient on dental care, dieting, and habits that affect their oral health. Periodontology deals with severe cases of the gum and supporting bone structure, while dentistry encompasses all other simple dental procedures.

Job responsibilities in periodontology and dentistry


Dentistry involves diagnosing and treating injured, decayed or inflamed teeth, gums, and jaw structures in simple procedures. The removal, cleaning, education, and management of checkups are all part of dentistry. They examine the oral cavity, look for diseases that need specialized care, and refer patients to specialists. Dentistry also provides patients aesthetic care, for example, teeth cleaning and whitening.

Periodontology deals with the complex cases of severe gum and supporting bone diseases that would not be handled in general dentistry. The field could involve non-invasive procedures, for example, planning and scaling an infected tooth root. Invasive procedures like laser therapy and oral surgery are also a part of periodontology. Periodontology also includes reconstructive surgeries, plastic surgeries, and the placement of dental implants. Periodontists generally deal with advanced cases of gum disease.

Education and experience


In periodontology, an undergraduate degree, a four-year training in dental school, residency training, and an examination by the board is required. An individual must undergo extensive training in the postdoctoral realm to practice periodontology, a dental and periodontal license. In dentistry, an undergraduate degree is required from dental school, which takes four years. After dental school, one needs to pass written and practical examinations for certification by the board and acquire a license.
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