Periodontist

Eugenia Prokopets, DDS, MSD

Periodontist located in Chevy Chase, MD

As a periodontist, Eugenia Prokopets, DDS, MSD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, prevents, diagnoses, and treats the inflammation of gums and other supporting tooth structures before deterioration and other problems occur. Whether the concern is mild gingivitis or more severe periodontitis, call or make an appointment online today to find about the full range of treatments available.

Periodontist Q & A

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist, casually referred to as a gum doctor or gum specialist, is a dentist who received an additional three years of training beyond that of a general dentist. This expertise allows these dentists to specialize in the treatment of oral inflammation; prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease; and placement of dental implants.


Who should see a periodontist?

You should seek the guidance of a periodontist if you have a history or diagnosis of gum disease, diabetes, or another medical condition that increases your risk of developing periodontal disease, suffering tooth loss, or needing an implant.

Dr. Prokopets also provides a variety of treatments to alleviate the following dental issues:

  • Asymmetrical gum lines or receding gums that make teeth look unusually short or long
  • Bad breath and dry mouth
  • Misaligned bites and chewing pain
  • Poorly fitting partial dentures
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums that bleed with brushing and flossing
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose Teeth

What happens when you visit the periodontist?

The first time you see Dr. Prokopets as your periodontist, she begins by reviewing your medical and dental history, because being aware of the medications and health conditions that could be affecting your gums is vital information.

Dr. Prokopets examines your gums, checks for gumline recession, assesses your bite alignment, and probes for loose teeth. Next, she measures the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums, called periodontal pockets.

Your exam with Dr. Prokopets also includes laboratory and imaging tests such as X-rays to diagnose issues affecting the health of the bone below your gum line.

When your examination is complete, Dr. Prokopets offers a diagnosis and treats your gum condition by using surgical and non-surgical techniques. Dr. Prokopets also performs dental implant placement and cosmetic periodontal procedures and prescribes medications, including antibiotics and pain medications, as needed.

Before your visit is complete, Dr. Prokopets ensures you have the information necessary to prevent gum disease and its complications, including proper oral hygiene and oral disease prevention methods.


What is a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE)?

A major part of your periodontal visit with Dr. Prokopets includes an examination called CPE. During this exam, Dr. Prokopets can:

  • Gauge your periodontal health
  • Diagnose existing disease
  • Assess your risk for disease
  • Determine treatment needed

Call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Eugenia Prokopets in Chevy Chase, Maryland, to get the help you need to fight periodontal disease.