Overview of Periodontal Dentistry Rochester

If you have a general dentist that you see regularly, at some point, they may refer you for periodontal dentistry in Rochester. Now, you may be thinking, what’s the difference between a dentist and a periodontist? General dentists and Periodontists both specialize in dental needs. A dentist performs routine preventative and some restorative care for teeth and gums, as well as being able to diagnose and treat a multitude of mild oral health concerns. If a Dentist notices a more serious issue, such as gum disease, they will refer you to someone to perform Periodontal Dentistry in Rochester. Periodontists complete an additional three years of education training beyond dental school. This additional education and training prepare them to treat periodontal disease, place dental implants, and treat oral inflammation.

When Should I Book an Appointment with a Periodontist?

If your dentist has expressed concern for a progressing gum (or periodontal) disease, you should book an appointment with a Periodontist. If left untreated, gum disease will damage the tissue and bone that support your teeth. You may eventually experience loose teeth or the loss of a tooth (or teeth) completely. [1]  

Being proactive with your dental care gives your natural teeth and gums the best chance of staying healthy! It’s vital to contact a Periodontist as soon as possible if you notice: [1]

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth falling out
  • Any change to the appearance of your gums

The periodontist will be able to diagnose your condition and customize the best treatment option for you. Periodontists also specialize in dental implants to replace your missing tooth or teeth and provide the most natural feeling, looking, and functioning replacement! There are several other services periodontal dentistry in Rochester can help with.

Services at Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester

We understand that your dental needs are unique, and your treatment plan should be too! We offer an array of services performed by our incredible periodontists and our excellent team, to ensure your needs are fully met and cared for. Our services include:

  • Dental Implants: as a natural-looking and feeling tooth replacement option.
  • Gum Surgery: to help strengthen your gum line and preserve your natural teeth.
  • Aesthetic Dentistry: to improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth and gums.
  • Sedation Dentistry: to ease your fear of the treatment process and to provide you peace of mind.

No matter what treatment plan your situation requires, our team will be there every step of the way and will not rest until you love the results!

Finding a Periodontal Dentistry Rochester Specialist

At Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester, you are a valued patient. We take the time to get to know everyone who walks through our doors and will work with you on creating the best treatment plan, that will fit your personalized needs. We believe everyone deserves to have a smile they love and we strive to give just that! To hear more about the services we offer and to answer any questions you may have, please call us at 585-685-2005 or contact us online. We can’t wait to hear from you!


[1] https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/mouth-and-dental-disorders/periodontal-diseases/gingivitis

Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Thomas Zahavi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He completed his post-graduate periodontal education at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester in 2006.

Dr. Zahavi obtained his combined DMD and Master’s degree Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997). He then pursued a speciality program in Prosthodontics (the restoration and replacement of teeth), receiving the highest honors in the residency program (2001). In 2003 he relocated with his family to the USA in pursuit of a residency program in Periodontology at the University of Rochester/ Eastman Institute for Oral Health. He was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and honored with a research fellowship from a major dental implant company. He is a Board-Certified Periodontist (USA) and Prosthodontist (Israel). His clinical experience and training in the two specialities proves to be invaluable, especially in patients requiring comprehensive periodontal and implant treatments.

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