What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Their education includes three additional years of dental education in the area of periodontal disease and its treatment. More details on the difference between dentists and periodontists can be found on our website.

Periodontists, such as Dr. Steven Lieber and Dr. Jessica Stilley from Periodontal Health Center, perform not only pocket reduction surgery but they also handle complex periodontal cases such as periodontal regeneration surgery, periodontal surgery for orthodontics, periodontal aesthetic surgery, occlusal therapy and pre-implant surgery and implant therapy.  Periodontal Health Center routine treatment consists of periodontal maintenance, as well as scaling and root planing performed by their hygienists.

During office visits, the periodontist examines the gums and soft tissues of the mouth, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, studies bite alignment, and determines if any teeth are loose. Similar to what happens at regular dental visits, the periodontist will also measure the depth of each tooth’s periodontal pockets. Pocket depths are an important measure of periodontal health. X-rays are used to observe the health of the bone below the gum line. 

Who Should See a Periodontist?

You should consider seeing a periodontist if you are over 30. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that half of people over 30 have some form of gum disease. Other reasons include chronic bad breath even after brushing and flossing, visibly receding gums or deep pockets, pain when eating or biting down, and more.

About Us

Our mission is to treat every patient as if they are our only patient. Please take a moment to learn more about our periodontists, Dr. Steven Lieber and Dr. Jessica Stilley. They live the mission and do all they can to make your visit comfortable and welcoming.
Our services would not be complete without our Periodontal Health Center team. They are the people that make us great


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