Our Practice Philosophy
Welcome to the website of Dr. Michael Richter, one of the region's most experienced and trusted periodontists in Durham, NC. Dr. Richter's warm and friendly team is well-known among referring dentists and patients for delivering personalized, contemporary periodontal care with proven skill and expertise, compassion and commitment.
We believe visiting the periodontist in Durham, NC should be a positive and satisfying experience – not a fearful one. Your comfort and peace of mind matters to us. We consider them an integral part of how we approach and deliver periodontal care every day. As Dr. Richter says, "I think it’s every dentists’ first duty to help patients overcome their fear of treatment. Failing to do so only makes things worse. Fear of discomfort keeps patients from seeking badly needed care. Fear of discomfort causes patients to drop out of therapy. Why should I expect patients to commit and follow through with therapy if all they know to expect is discomfort and lack of sympathy every time they come in? I have helped many patients overcome fear as the real reason behind their troubles and consider that to be just as important as any physical treatment rendered."
We also understand no two patients are the same and our treatment plans reflect that. Whether your concern is about periodontal disease affecting your health, permanently replacing missing teeth, replacing loose-fitting dentures or partials with solidly anchored ones, or plastic surgery for the strength and appearance of gums, Dr. Richter provides a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to match individual needs and budgets.