Our goal is to help you improve your family’s smile and keep your teeth for life.
Our team of Airdrie dentists and dental hygienists take a personalized approach to your dental care and we want to make your visits with us as comfortable as possible.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and gingival recession.
More recently, their scope of work has broadened to include the placement and maintenance of dental implants.
Meet Our Periodontist – Dr. Ben Thomas
Our Periodontist, Dr. Ben Thomas was born in Calgary and raised in Crossfield, Alberta.
After high school, he worked full-time for a year, then spent two years abroad before moving to the United States to pursue further education.
He completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, where he majored in Neuroscience and minored in French.
He then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Master of Public Health degree, and Specialty Certificate in Periodontics from the University of North Carolina. His training also included certification in Intravenous Sedation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
As a trained periodontist, he specializes in the management of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants. This includes:
- Limited or complete periodontal evaluation
- Surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy
- Periodontal regeneration
- Surgical implant placement
- Bone graftings, such as ridge and sinus augmentation
- Extractions and ridge preservations
- Gingival grafting
- Functional & Esthetic crown lengthening
- Oral Pathology
Should I See A Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease including surgical techniques such as bone grafting, gum grafting, and the placement of dental implants.
Periodontists are also experts in the management of oral inflammation.
They receive extensive training in these areas, including a minimum of three additional years of education beyond dental school.
Although periodontists often deal with the management of destructive disease, they are also specialists in performing elective cosmetic periodontal procedures such as crown lengthening.
Many patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by their general dentist and dental hygienist; however, moderate or severe gum disease should generally be managed by a periodontist.
Furthermore, in cases where it is complicated by the effects of heart disease, diabetes, smoking, or other health problems, effective periodontal treatment may necessitate the greater understanding and expertise of a trained specialist.
Often times patients, are best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist; having all of your dental providers under one roof allows them the luxury of discussing your case in person to develop comprehensive treatment options that address your needs and desires.
At Sierra Dental Airdrie, we are firmly committed to helping you enjoy your teeth for a lifetime, therefore recommendations regarding disease management are made in view of helping you achieve your optimum periodontal health.
Although we realize that many of our patients are covered by insurance plans which place limitations on the amount and frequency of dental care, our top priority is always to do what best ensures your health and addresses your goals.
Therefore, we recommend treatment without regard to insurance coverage.
If this raises a financial concern for you, please advise us so that financial arrangements may be discussed before treatment is rendered.
At Sierra Dental, we place great emphasis on prevention and our qualified staff takes pride in providing the best available care. We will gladly answer any questions you may have!
EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENT
We understand that you are busy and don’t always have time to visit a dentist for a routine checkup in the middle of your Monday. That’s why we offer extended hours from the top of the morning at 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
We are also open all throughout the weekend. That’s right, we’re open every day of the week.
DIRECT BILLING TO INSURANCE PLANS
To alleviate some of your stress, we offer direct billing, predeterminations of treatments, and financial arrangements to all our patients to ensure smooth and easy payment transactions.
PAYMENT PLANS & FINANCING AVAILABLE
We understand that dental services can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans and options to suit our patients’ needs. Speak with one of our dental assistants to learn more.