Periodontics Expert Witnesses
Key insights on cases involving the gums
Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth, such as the bone and periodontal ligaments. Periodontists are dentists who specialize in managing gum disease such as gingivitis. They are also involved in the placement and maintenance of dental implants, as well as cosmetic procedures to enhance the appearance of the gums.
In the United States, periodontists must hold a dental degree (DDS or DMD), then complete a two- to three-year residency program in periodontics. Board Certification in the specialty is administered by the American Board of Periodontology (ABP).
Some procedures that periodontists perform include:
- Scaling and root planing
- Gum grafting
- Crown lengthening
- Dental implant placement
- Bone grafting
- Periodontal plastic surgery
- Periodontal maintenance
The value of a periodontist as an expert witness
Periodontists are essential expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases involving misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or mismanagement of gum diseases. An experienced periodontist can testify regarding the standard of care in periodontal treatment as well as the patient’s prognosis and how earlier intervention may have prevented damage to the gums or teeth.
In addition, in personal injury matters involving damage to the mouth or jaw, a periodontist can offer an opinion on causation as well as the cost of treatment to repair the damage and restore the plaintiff’s appearance. In cases that arise from disfiguring injuries, this can be a significant part of the plaintiff’s damages.
Find the periodontal expert witness you need
Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants has been working with America’s top personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys for decades. Our network includes Board-Certified periodontists who are available for both consultation and trial testimony, and we serve as an integral part of your team from start to finish. To find out how we can help you or to schedule a free case summary review, contact us today.