Welcome to our virtual office. We have set up this website as an introduction to our office, to tell you a little about periodontal disease, share our philosophy of conservative periodontal treatment, and encourage you to take care of your periodontal problems.
A smile is the first impression that communicates your happiness and confidence. If you want to keep (or improve) that winning smile, you'll want to take care of its foundation - your periodontal health.
Our practice goal is to provide you with the most caring, conservative, and compassionate periodontal care. Each patient is an individual, with their own specific problems and concerns. We want you to know that when you are sitting in our chair, you are the most important person in the office. We also realize that your time is valuable, and our appointments run on time more than 95% of the time.
Perhaps you were recently advised that you have periodontal disease, or you've noticed some of the warning signs yourself (bleeding gums, bad breath, shifting or loose teeth). Or, you have missing teeth and would like to know about dental implants. Most people are a little nervous when they hear they need to see a periodontist. We're sure you have many questions. We want to help ease your concerns by helping you understand what periodontal disease is and how to treat it. Although surgery is sometimes necessary, we specialize in many types of conservative, nonsurgical treatments. Many of our patients do not need surgery.
Let's start with some of the basics:
*What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis) is an infection in your mouth that can destroy the gums and bone that
hold your teeth in your head. If left untreated, the ultimate result is tooth loss.
*What is a periodontist?
A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases. Basically,
the job of a periodontist is to help you keep your teeth as long as possible.
*What is a Board-Certified Periodontist (Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology)?
+A Diplomate is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of
the periodontal specialty and who is certified by the American Board of Periodontology.
+To be educationally qualified for Board certification requires:
1.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;
2.Certification as a Periodontist after postdoctoral study in an ADA (American Dental Association) program.
+In addition to the educational requirements, Board certification requires:
1.Comprehensive qualifying and oral examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment.
2.A strong commitment to ongoing education.
3.Recertification every six years.
*What is a Dental Implant?
+ A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental
implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some
These days, patients want to be more educated about their medical and dental conditions. The first step is for you to start gathering information. We've made that easy for you. By clicking on the tabs above, you will learn about Dr. Leon and her excellent staff, what periodontal disease is, how it is related to other medical issues, how it is treated, and the importance of periodontal maintenance.
Welcome to our office and we hope to see you soon!