What is a Periodontist?

Dr. Kazmer is a specialist in periodontics and implant dentistry, otherwise known as a periodontist.

What exactly is a periodontist?

The American Academy of Periodontology describes a periodontist as “a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.”

In order to become a periodontist, Dr. Kazmer went through several years of schooling. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. In addition, Dr. Kazmer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his Master’s degree in Periodontics and Dental Implantology. 

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Dr. Kazmer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Tarheels!

Why might I need to see a periodontist?

Patients are typically referred to a periodontist after being diagnosed with moderate to severe periodontal disease (gum disease). Patients who need to have an implant placed or repaired may also see a periodontist.

Treatments that Dr. Kazmer offers include:

  • The Placement of Dental Implants – Dental implants are sturdy, durable artificial tooth replacements. Learn more
  • Bone Grafting and Augmentation Bone grafting is used to restore a large amount of bone tissue that has deteriorated, whereas bone augmentation is used to replace a small amount of bone tissue. Learn more
  • Root Scaling and PlaningEven when periodontal disease is in a fairly advanced stage, it is possible to improve or even reverse the condition with non-surgical procedures. Depending on the type of disease and its severity, one of these approaches may be suggested. Learn more
  • Crown LengtheningCrown lengthening is a long-lasting restorative process utilized to help patients regain a beautiful smile and eat and speak with comfort and confidence. Learn more
  • The LANAP Procedure – LANAP, or Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is a procedure that treats periodontal (gum) disease with the use of a highly specialized Nd:YAG laser. Learn more

Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns that you may have, or to make an appointment.

Take care of your smile!


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