What Is a Periodontist?

It is important to see a dentist every six months for the basic care and maintenance of your mouth and teeth. But when regular dental care is inadequate to address the conditions you are experiencing, your general dentist will often refer you to a specialist.

One often overlooked aspect of dentistry is the treatment of the gums and bone tissue which support the teeth. Without proper support, the teeth may degrade, become loose, and eventually fall out entirely. The field of dentistry which addresses this facet of oral care is called periodontics. A periodontist is a dentist—a licensed physician—who has received additional training and certification in the specialty of periodontics.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognised by the ADA.

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Visiting a Periodontist

When the gums become inflamed, it indicates the early stage of periodontal disease, or an infection of the gums and supporting bone. Left untreated, this inflammation can progress into degradation of the gum tissue, pocketing around the teeth, weakness in the bone, and eventually weakening of the bone structure resulting in the loss of teeth.

A certified periodontist has all of the tools and knowledge needed to help overcome the effects of periodontitis. If your gums are showing the signs of periodontitis, or if your regular dentist has recommended that you visit a specialist, Dr. Silberg and our team of qualified professionals will be happy to take care of your dental needs. For quality gum disease treatment in Pittsburgh, look no further than The Silberg Center for Dental Science.

Meet Dr. Silberg

With nearly four decades of experience in the dental field, Dr. Silberg stands as a beacon of competence and expertise. As a premier Pittsburgh periodontist, he has gained the trust of hundreds of happy patients who can attest to his professional and capable manner. Known especially for his bold and revolutionary stance on dental implants when they were first presented, some would say that Dr. Silberg has a special intuition that pairs nicely with his academic understanding. The respect even his peers and colleagues have toward him is evident in the bestowal of the TopDentist Inc award from 2007-2014.

We offer a wide array of treatment options for the correction of the effects of periodontitis. Some of these include dental implants, laser gum treatment, cosmetic correction, the Pinhole Surgical Technique, and the treatment of recurring episodes of gum disease. Using only the most advanced tools and procedures, we offer state-of-the-art care for our valued patients. From minor gum line correction to full arch dental implants, we are confident that you will find exactly what you need in our office. View a list of our services here.

We understand that many of our patients can sometimes feel nervous or distressed in dental settings, and that is why we offer local and general anesthetic options to meet your needs. We want you to be able to feel relaxed and at ease while in our office. Whatever your preferences, communication is one of our most important objectives. We want to hear from you and understand your concerns and desires so that we can ensure you receive the customized care you deserve. We know that every patient and case is different, and we will work with you as partners in your dental care to enable your teeth and mouth to be as healthy and beautiful as they can be. Contact us to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to meeting you and providing the quality care you need and deserve.

We work closely as a team with your referring dentist, but a referral by a dentist is not required for a visit to our office. We welcome referrals from patients and friends of the practice.

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