Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of our most asked questions. If you can not find what your are looking for please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Dr. Wong is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. What does that mean?
To be educationally qualified for Board certification requires:
- Certification as a dentist, including basic college education and completion of dental school to earn the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree and;
- Certification as a periodontist after postdoctoral study in an ADA approved program. This period of study is concentrated on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease.
In addition to the educational requirements, Board certification requires:
- Comprehensive written and oral examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants.
- Presentation of detailed reports on a broad range of actual treatment personally provided by the periodontist.
- Recertification every three years.
Aren’t all periodontists board-certified? What is the American Board of Periodontology?
The activities of the American Board of Periodontology conform to the “Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists” of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education applicable to specialty boards in dentistry.
Why choose a board-certified periodontist?
What Does a Periodontist Do?
In its simplest terms, periodontists are dentists who treat gum (periodontal) disease which is mainly caused by plaque bacteria, and affected by other factors such as pregnancy, medications, smoking, diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions. In addition to treating gum disease, periodontists offer a variety of cosmetic procedures such as dental implants, gingival recontouring, and tissue grafts to cover exposed and sensitive root surfaces of the teeth.
Why Do I Need a Periodontist?
What are dental implants and how do I know if they are right for me?
Candidates for dental implants have to meet several criteria. Assuming that you are in acceptable health and your expectations are reasonable, you must first have a healthy mouth. That means that your oral hygiene must be good and all of your cavities and plaque are under control. Second, you must have enough bone support in your jaws for the implants to be placed. This may be determined by your dentist or surgeon, but additional x-rays may be needed to make sure. Finally, the relationships between your teeth, gums, lips, and other oral structures must be thoroughly evaluated to ensure that the implant will have the proper form, function, and appearance. Your doctor will look at other criteria as well, but these are the main considerations. Ask your dentist for details.
Do implants and other periodontal surgeries hurt? Will I need to be “knocked out”?
Is there a cure for periodontal disease?
Why is periodontal treatment necessary when it does not hurt?
My physician says that my periodontal disease may be affecting my health? Is that possible?
For more information about periodontal disease, please visit the American Academy of Periodontology web site at www.perio.org.
- Sinus Lift/Augmentation
- Frenulectomy (or Frenectomy)
- Ridge Augmentation
- Oral Surgery (Tooth Extraction)
- Tooth Socket Preservation
- Crown Lengthening and Shortening