what is a periodontist

Maintain the health of your gums by visiting a periodontist at PacificWest Dental Group today!

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function, and aesthetics of these structures and tissues. (Canadian Dental Association)

What Is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist specializing in diagnosing, preventing, and treating periodontal (gum) diseases. After dental school, a periodontist receives extra years of training to become an expert in the supporting structures around the teeth, including gums, bone and connective tissues. Periodontists treat conditions that affect such structures and are essential to preserving and improving your oral health. 

Visiting a periodontist at one of the PacificWest Dental Group offices in the Metro Vancouver area is essential to the health of your gums and the tissues of your mouth. Seeking treatment early decreases the risk of oral and overall health issues, including gum disease. A periodontist can provide specialized cleaning through gum planing and scaling. Through continuous education and up-to-date technology, our team of periodontists can help you keep your gums healthy and improve your overall oral health. Call to book a consultation appointment today.


What Can a Periodontist From PacificWest Dental Group Do for You?

Visiting a periodontist at PacificWest Dental Group is ideal for those suffering from gum issues. Seeing a specialist will determine your condition and suggest the proper treatment procedures. Our team offers various treatments, including:

Gum Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

We diagnose multiple stages of gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis. Your periodontist will measure pocket depths, evaluate gum recession and examine the roots of your teeth. Our team will develop a treatment plan to combat gum disease and prevent its progression following a diagnosis.

Scaling and Root Planing

As a non-surgical procedure known as deep cleaning, this process removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from above and below the gum line. Scaling and root planing stop infection and allow your gum tissue to heal.

Dental Implants

 If you are missing one or more teeth, your periodontist may suggest dental implants. They are natural-looking replacements that integrate with your jawbone to provide stability and functionality. We have extensive experience with implant procedures and place each one carefully for optimal results.

Gum Grafting

Gum disease, genetics, aggressive brushing, and trauma can cause gum recession. When this happens, your periodontist will need to perform a gum grafting procedure. The procedure involves taking tissue from another part of your mouth or using donor tissue to restore the gumline’s appearance and protect exposed tooth roots.

Bone Grafting

When tooth loss or gum disease affects the underlying bone structure, your periodontist may perform bone grafting procedures. These may involve adding bone or bone-like material to the affected areas to stimulate bone growth and provide a solid foundation for dental implants or restore overall bone health.

Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures

Crown lengthening, soft tissue grafting and reshaping uneven gumlines are some procedures your periodontist can perform. They improve the appearance of your smile and help you maintain your periodontal health.

Visiting a periodontist at PacificWest Dental Group is the first step toward proper treatment. We care about our patients and treat their cases with the utmost care. Call one of our offices to book a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontist

Those with a history of gum disease or other periodontal concerns should schedule an appointment every three to four months. Patients with healthy gums should visit every six to twelve months

Local anesthesia is used during periodontal procedures to ensure comfort. Mild discomfort or sensitivity may occur after treatment, but is easily manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers. Follow your periodontist's instructions after your procedure for optimal results.

Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings will keep your gums healthy and strong.

Coverage varies depending on the insurance plan. Many providers cover periodontal treatments, but contacting your provider is the best way to understand the extent of your coverage.

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About PWD

We encourage a friendly atmosphere at our Vancouver and Surrey office, and welcome all our patients into the PacificWest Dental family. We understand our patients are trusting us with their smile, and we appreciate that trust. We believe in being transparent with our patients about the process, and we make sure they are comfortable every step of the way. We are happy to offer the latest technology in the industry and multidisciplinary care to treat our patients in the best possible way.

We are pleased to have Dr. Wang, Dr. Lee, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Chiang overseeing the orthodontic treatment of our patients. Each of our orthodontists is Certified Specialists in Orthodontics. Learn more about our orthodontists here.

The teams at both of our locations provide equal quality care, and we want you to choose the location that is most convenient for you.


Having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can affect more than how your smile looks. Severely crowded dentition is more difficult to clean, and may result in higher risk of cavities and gum disease. Other common malocclusion such as crossbite and deepbite can cause uneven wear to the teeth and extra stress to the jaw joint. Check out our Orthodontics page for more information.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has so much passion and love in the art of moving teeth, they spend 2-3 more years in specialty school to learn the knowledge and skill in orthodontics. Additionally, they need to pass the rigorous national board examination (The Royal College of Dentists of Canada, National Dental Specialty Examination) in order to become a certified specialist in Canada. Finally, because a certified orthodontist usually will limit his or her practice to orthodontics only, they have much more experience in diagnosing malocclusion and providing treatments than a family dentist.

Whether a case can be treated by a family dentist depends on the complexity of the malocclusion and the experience and training of the family dentist. Many family dentists have great interest in orthodontics and will take courses to obtain knowledge and experience in providing braces treatment. In fact, the orthodontists at PacificWest Dental have hosted many study clubs to help our family dentist colleagues learn about orthodontics.

You should ask your family dentist what kind of training he or she has in orthodontics, if he or she treated cases like yours before, and does he or she have photos of the case that he has completed to show you. We will be more than happy to provide you with a second opinion if you have any questions about your teeth!

Orthodontic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, whether young or old. Starting from the age of 7, we recommend taking your child to visit us so that we can monitor his or her teeth and jaw growth, and keep an eye out for potential problems. Learn more about our approach here.

Braces work by gently pulling and pushing the teeth to guide them into alignment. The real working horse in this process is the wire. Think of your teeth as a set of trains; braces are the wheels on the train, and the wire is the rail. It is the wire that guides the teeth where to go.

But how does the physical force from the wire actually make teeth move? Teeth are suspended in the bone by a collection of ligaments. When teeth are under pressure, these ligaments are squashed, and they release signals to call for cells (osteoclast) to come to remove the bone surround them (so they could become unsquashed).  After the teeth have moved into new position, another type of cell (osteoblast) will come to build new bones around the teeth to secure it in the new position. And this is how braces work to move your teeth!

At the initial consultation, we want to understand your needs and provide you with treatment options. In order to do this, we will need your medical and dental history, and any questions you may have!

This is the million dollar question! The cost of braces is based on several factors like the complexity of your case, how long treatment will take and which type of appliances you choose (metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign® or lingual braces). And because each patient receives a different treatment plan customized to his or her need, the cost will also be different.

Rest assured that during the consultation with Dr. Wang and Dr. Lee, financial figures will be discussed in depth. At PacificWest Dental Group, we work together with our patients to ensure treatment is affordable and payment options are flexible. We offer interest-free financing and accept cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, and debit.

Insurance plan coverage varies greatly, so we recommend asking your provider what your coverage includes. We will provide you the total cost of your treatment before your first appointment so you can determine your cost after your insurance coverage.

We do not direct bill to your insurance provider, but provide you with receipts and invoices so you can successfully process your claims.

The Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO) recommends children should have their first appointment as young as seven years old. At PacificWest Dental Group, we believe you're never too young or too old for treatment. However, catching problems early can prevent issues later on in life.

The answer to this question may vary depending on your individual needs. When undergoing treatment, such as braces or Invisalign, you should have follow-up appointments every six to eight weeks. It ensures your treatment is going smoothly and will help you leave our office with an amazing smile even sooner.

Dentists are great at helping you keep your teeth healthy. However, orthodontists specialize in working with jaw issues and teeth misalignment. In fact, dentists usually refer patients to orthodontists to fix alignment problems or bite abnormalities. Call PacificWest Dental Group for a consultation today!

Orthodontists are dentists who went through two to three years of additional training to specialize in the bite, and teeth and jaw alignment. Orthodontists and dentists are a team who work together to improve your oral health. However, they each have their own roles in your treatment. Dentistry focuses on treating the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw. In contrast, orthodontics is a specialty field that focuses on correcting bites, malocclusions, and straightening the teeth.

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