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History of Gum Disease or Failing Teeth? You need a Periodontal-Prosthodontist
Posted on 4/27/2022 by Neil Starr DDS PC
History of Gum Disease or Failing Teeth You need a Periodontal Prosthodontist
If you have a history of gum disease or failing teeth, you need a professional equipped to handle your needs.

What Is a Periodontal-Prosthodontist?


A periodontist specializes in preventing and managing gum disease, and a prosthodontist specializes in replacing and repairing missing teeth. Therefore, a periodontal-prosthodontist is a dentist that functions as both a periodontist and a prosthodontist. To become either a prosthodontist or a periodontist, a dentist must complete three years of training in addition to dental school to receive accreditation.

Signs It Is Time to See a Periodontal-Prosthodontist


If you are debating whether or not you should see a periodontal-prosthodontist, consider your dental history and any current issues with your teeth or gums carefully. If you have been experiencing any of the following, it could be time to seek out an expert:

  • You have noticed a change in your bite

  • You have red, swollen, or frequently bleeding gums

  • You are consistently feeling gum or tooth pain

  • Your teeth feel loose

  • Your gums are receding

  • You have missing or broken teeth

  • You are experiencing jaw pain or other jaw-related issues


Why Do You Need a Periodontal-Prosthodontist?


If you have missing or failing teeth or are experiencing periodontal disease, you need a dental professional who specializes in your needs to get the best possible care. A dentist with the proper training can formulate a plan of action to get your teeth back into the best possible health.

Dr. Orta and I pride ourselves on being highly trained and educated in many forms of dentistry, including periodontal and prosthodontic dentistry. I received certificates in Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthetics from the University of Pennsylvania and served as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Postdoctoral Periodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine for 20 years.

Additionally, Dr. Orta received her Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics from the Dental College of Georgia and received both The Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Excellence in Prosthodontics Award and The Whip Mix Best of the Best in Prosthodontics Award. She also serves as a part-time adjunct clinical faculty with the Advanced Prosthodontics Program at the Dental College of Georgia.

Our combined experience and education make our practice the ideal place for clients struggling with failing gums or teeth. We are continually learning and striving to implement the best, most compassionate practices into our patient care.

Contact Neil L. Starr, DDS.


If you have a history of gum disease or failing teeth, a periodontal-prosthodontist is just the person to manage your current condition, as well as prevent any future issues. Contact our practice, Neil L. Starr, DDS. to make an appointment today. We put patient and staff safety above all else, and that is why we are taking every precaution against COVID-19. At our Washington D.C. office, we serve patients from Potomac to Rockville, McLean, Fairfax City, Arlington City, and the southern part of Loudoun County.


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