noun, plural: periodontists
A dentist specializing in periodontics
A periodontist is a dentist that is specializing in periodontics. Periodontists are the ones to consult regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases. They are also the experts in the placement of dental implants.1 Similar to general dentists, they clean and polishes teeth. But apart from that, they also the ones consulted for the elimination of irritating margins of fillings as well as the correction of occlusions. They are also the ones performing surgical procedures when removing diseased tissues. They can also perform routine examination and recommend procedures and good oral health practices for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.2 To become a periodontist, a dentist should be able to complete the specialist training years to become familiar with the various techniques and procedures in diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases or cases (e.g. periodontal pockets).
Word origin: peri- (around, near, about) + -odontist, from Greek odōn (tooth)
1 What Is A Periodontist? Retrieved from http://www.perio.org/consumer/periodontist2.htm
2 Monteiro, E. (2014). How to Become a Periodontist" (ebook). Retrieved from https://books.google.com.ph/books?id=WbETBQAAQBAJ&dq=periodontist&source=gbs_navlinks_s.