What are periodontists?
Periodontists are specialist dentists who have done an extra 3-years training in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum disease and related surgery. On completion of this, they are accepted onto the specialist registrar in periodontics and officially able to call themselves a periodontist. Periodontists specialize in the treatment and care of gums and supporting bone tissues, including implants. Specialists who place implants include periodontists, oral surgeons and prosthodontists.
What problems do periodontists specialize in?
Common problems that periodontists specialize in are:
- Severe and advanced gum disease.
- Gummy smiles
- Uneven gum lines
- Fractured teeth needing more root exposing
- Certain forms of Gingivitis
- missing teeth
- areas requiring bone grafting
- Rapid and rare forms of gum disease
- gum recession
Why do I need to see a periodontist?
Most general dentists treat gum disease all day every day to some degree; it is the commonest of all dental conditions. In our practice we refer more complicated cases and those not responding to conventional treatment. Young patients with rapidly progressing disease or patients with advanced levels are also often referred. What treatments do periodontists specialize in? The periodontist will take scans and xrays to assess your case before discussing and presenting the options available for treating your condition. Since periodontists specialize in treating and preventing gum and associated bone disease, the treatments they commonly perform include:
- Deep cleaning
- Scaling and root planing
- Adjunctive therapy
- Dental implants
- Root surface debridement
- Gum pocket reduction
- Crown lengthening
- Advanced periodontal techniques
- periodontal surgery
- root planing and subgingival debridement
- Soft tissue grafting
- Ridge augmentation
- Bone grafting
- Hard tissue re-contouring
- Dental surgery
- Laser gum therapy
- Cosmetic gum surgery
- Gum lifts
It is important to remember that all periodontal treatments should be backed up by meticulous home care and excellent oral hygiene. Regular cleanings should be undertaken in addition to the specialist treatment that you receive. Your maintenance program for staying on top of the disease will be discussed and may include a scale every 3 months if you are particularly at risk.