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Joseph Kelly, D.M.D.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Periodontist

Periodontal work is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on treatment for your gum disease. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    Periodontics is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a specialty. Though licensed general dentists can treat gum disease and gingivitis, advanced periodontal disease demands a periodontist. No matter who you choose, make sure the dentist is licensed through the state dental board.

  2. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs that focus specifically on issues of periodontics and gum disease. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  3. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  4. Oral health is about more than just gum disease.

    Your dentist should pay attention to your total oral and physical health. It's not just about your periodontal disease; it's about keeping your whole mouth healthy, protecting both your teeth and gums, and developing a long-term plan.

  5. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  6. Look at before and after photos.

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  7. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dental practices charge more by marketing themselves as high-end luxury dentists. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  8. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your oral health. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  9. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with gum disease in general and with cases like yours specifically.

  10. Discuss follow-up periodontal care.

    Though your dentist can help treat your gum disease, it's your job to maintain your oral health by keeping your teeth and gums clean. Your dentist should emphasize the importance of continuing care.

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"We know that selecting a periodontist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

103 West Grove Street

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania 18411

Appt Tel: (570) 587-4787


Kelly Dental Care is conveniently located in Clarks Summit, near the intersection of Grove Street and State Street.