Periodontists are oral health care professionals who care for, prevent, diagnose and treat the supporting structures of our teeth. These supporting structures include the gums, cementum, alveolar bone, and the periodontal ligament. These are all located in the oral cavity. These are the usual aspects that the periodontist will assess, inspect and evaluate when a patient comes in for a consultation.
What is Periodontology?
The education and training of periodontists is unmatched. The prospective individuals take up a basic college education that should be focused more on medical subjects, sciences or mathematical fields. This basic college education counts in the admittance of the prospective dentist into dental college. It helps a lot if the course that was taken in basic college is science based.
After this, the student should be admitted to a reputable dental college. This is where dentistry is taken up in full force. The basic course taken up in college should be around four years and the dentistry course may be around four to six years depending on the country that the student is taking it up. The first several years of this course concentrate on teaching the students textbook knowledge and other facts that they may encounter in the field.
Towards the latter half of the dentistry course, lab work and hands on training comes in. In many instances, the prospective dentists take up specialization after they have completed their course or graduated from it. Some take up the dental board exam and then take up fields of specialization while others practice dentistry immediately. Those who practice immediately can also take up additional studies after several years in order to specialize or to keep up with the new knowledge that may have appeared in the field. Usually in specialization, a periodontist may take up to three years to complete it. The exam that the oral health care professional takes will license him or her to practice this field.
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Scope of Periodontology
The area of concentration for periodontists are the structures that support the human being’s teeth. There are several things that can happen to these structures that will require the attention of a periodontist. Initially, an evaluation is done to the patient by a qualified and licensed professional. Once he or she has evaluated the situation, a recommendation is made in order to prevent, treat or correct it.
Medicines may be prescribed and surgery can also be recommended by the oral health care professional, as they see fit. Without the guidance and supervision of periodontists, it will be difficult to get rid of gum disease and the other conditions that can occur in this area. Surgery can also be included in the field of specialization for this oral heal care professionals long as he or she has take up dental surgery courses. The dentist should be qualified and licensed to do surgery in order to practice it.
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