Luisa F. Recio, DMD, MMSc

Dr. Luisa F. Recio trained at the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in Boston, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Master of Medical Science in Oral Biology (MMSc) degrees as well as her Advanced Postdoctoral Certification in Periodontics.

Periodontists are dentistry’s experts in treating periodontal disease. They receive three additional years of specialized training beyond dental school in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, the restoration of teeth supporting structures, and in the placement of dental implants.

Dr. Recio’s treatment includes scaling and root planning (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed), advanced periodontal disease (severe gum problems) to eliminate periodontal pockets, infection, bad breath, tooth mobility, and gum recession. Dr. Recio’s treatment for the restoration of teeth includes the removal of hopeless teeth, bone grafting, sinus lift, implant placement, and maintenance.

WHO SHOULD SEE A PERIODONTIST?

Some patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by the general dentist. However, as more and more patients are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, coupled with research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, periodontal treatment may necessitate a greater understanding and increased level of expertise by a trained specialist. Patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, will be best managed by a partnership between the general dentist and periodontist.