Periodontists are dentistry’s experts in treating periodontal disease. They receive up to three additional years of specialized training in periodontal disease treatment in both non-surgical treatments and periodontal plastic surgery procedures.
Most periodontists spend the majority of their time diagnosing and treating gum disease, but there are a variety other procedures that they are able to perform. Periodontists place dental implants when natural teeth cannot be saved. They also monitor the implants to make sure that they’re properly doing their job. Periodontists may also correct gum recession and cover up exposed root surfaces, which can be unsightly as well as sensitive to hot and cold. These procedures are often used to lay the foundation for additional cosmetic procedures to help create a beautiful smile. Finally, periodontists can be integral in the comprehensive planning of your oral care, along with your general dentist or other dental professional.
Some periodontists opt to take the board-certification examination, which is offered by the American Board of Periodontology once per year. Board certification in periodontology denotes someone who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty, including demonstrating a comprehensive mastery of all phases of periodontal disease and treatment and in the placement of dental implants. Recertification is required every six years.
Dr. Norachai “Eddy” Phisuthikul received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. He then completed a general practice residency at the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he performed complex dental restorations and received training in emergency room medicine. He finished his postgraduate residency in periodontics at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.
After his graduation, Dr. Phisuthikul went on and became board certified in periodontology and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Phisuthikul currently resides in Virginia with his wife. He enjoys boxing, scuba diving, hiking, rock climbing, marathon running, and completing half Ironmans.