No. Endodontics is concerned with the root and inner structure of the tooth. Periodontics concentrates on the health of the gums and supporting structures.
Dentists diagnose and treat a wide variety of dental issues. Periodontists specifically concentrate on gum, bone and surrounding soft tissue health.
If you have advanced gum disease you would see a periodontist. You can also see one if you want a second opinion.
If you have mild periodontal disease, your general dentist can treat this. If your needs are more moderate to advanced, then a specialized periodontist is advised.
Periodontal disease is technically not a contagious disease. It’s the inflammatory response to bacteria in the mouth. However, the bacteria could be transferred to others if you share a toothbrush, utensils or kiss each other. So, this should be avoided, when possible, if you know you have periodontal disease.
You do not need a referral to see a periodontist. You can make an appointment directly with one. Sometimes, your dentist may refer you if they feel your treatment needs a specialist.
We offer a variety of flexible payment options. We also accept nearly all dental insurance plans, and special programs are available for patients without insurance.
Cost is dependent on the treatment needed. An initial assessment can cost around $125 with up to $1,500 for more complex treatment.