A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of gum recession and oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Often, a general dentist will refer their patient to a periodontist when their gum disease is more advanced.
Dr. Shah's practice provides a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments. He prides himself on the fact that he is very conservative in his treatment recommendations and limits surgery to the areas only where it is absolutely necessary.