At Periodontics of the Desert, we want to help you feel as comfortable as possible during your treatment. To do that, we have provided a list of our most frequently answered questions. We invite you to read through these questions and answers prior to your appointment so you can get more familiar with our practice, doctors, and procedures. If you have any additional questions, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Peter Warshawsky, Dr. Eric Driver, and Dr. Caitlyn Affrunti for periodontics in Palm Desert, California, we invite you to contact us today.


What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental professional who has received extensive training and education in preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. To become a periodontist, one must complete an additional three years of specialty school after completing dental school.


What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection. These bacterial infections destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. There are many forms of periodontal disease.


What is my risk of having or developing periodontal disease?

Although periodontal disease is fairly common, many people are unaware that they have it. Approximately 75% of the population of the United States has some form of periodontal disease. You can complete this self-test to determine your risks of developing periodontal disease.

Is it normal for my gums to bleed?

No. Bleeding gums is one of the many warning signs of gum disease. Some other signs include red, swollen gums; receding gum line; persistent bad breath; loose teeth; and a change in how your teeth fit together.


When should I see a periodontist?

You can visit a periodontist at any time. At our practice, we will conduct a thorough examination to detect any signs of periodontal disease. This oral health evaluation is important if you:


  • Were referred by your dentist because of periodontal disease symptoms
  • Are thinking about becoming pregnant
  • Have a family member with periodontal disease
  • Have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, or osteoporosis
  • Are missing one or multiple teeth and are interested in permanent replacements
  • Are not happy with your current tooth replacement option, such as dentures or a bridge, and may be interested in dental implants


What can I expect the first time I visit a periodontist?

When you visit our practice for the first time, our doctors will perform a comprehensive oral exam and review your medical and dental history. Our doctors will then inform you about your current condition and whether you require specific periodontal treatments.


Do periodontists do implants?

Periodontists complete an additional three years of post-graduate training, which includes surgically placing dental implants. If you would like to know more about dental implants, please visit,, and


What type of sedation does your office provide?

Sedation is available for all procedures performed in our office. We offer nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral sedation to help reduce anxiety and maximize dental comfort.


Do you have hygienists in your office?

Yes. We have four hygienists who have a combined total of over 70 years of dental experience.