To gain acceptance into an Periodontist training program a dentist must have a DDS or DMD degree from an American Dental Education Association (ADEA) accredited school in the United States. Once accepted the applicant will complete 3-4 additional years of post-graduate study. The American Dental Association (ADA) accredited programs are a minimum of three years in length. After successful completion of post-graduate training a periodontist must pass the American Board of Periodontology examination.
Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that studies the supporting structures of teeth, diseases, and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues are called the periodontum, and these tissues include: the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. Periodontists perform many procedures which include gum grafts, treating gum disease, dental implants, and various cosmetic procedures. Many Periodontists work in a small private practice with a small staff. Most full time Periodontists work 4-5 days a week around 32 hours a week.
Much of this information was adapted from the American Board of Periodontology.