A periodontist is a dentist who has undertaken further study in the field of periodontology, which is one of the 13 specialities of dentistry. Periodontists often collaborate with other dental or medical specialists as well as, general dental practitioners and hygienists (if you don't currently have a dental hygienist, book an appointment with our team). The level of collaboration depends on the individual needs of each patient.Numerous international studies have demonstrated that periodontists can predictably improve oral health by:
reducing gum bleeding
improving appearance of gums around teeth or implants
increasing bone volume around teeth or implants
reducing the risk of tooth loss with advancing age
developmental such as hereditary gingival fibromatosis
drug induced such as calcium channel drug induced gingival overgrowth
traumatic such as tooth brush induced gum recession
How will a periodontist help me?
A periodontist will usually undertake an in-depth assessment to evaluate the cause or risk of gum disease development or progression. This will be followed by a carefully designed treatment plan consisting of non-surgical or surgical elements to arrest or reverse damage caused by gum disease.Non-surgical treatment may involve subgingival debridement which is commonly referred to as ‘deep cleaning’. Surgical treatments are more complex and can alter gum position, bone shape, as well as, cover exposed roots or induce new bone growth to support teeth. The choice of technique depends on the desired aim.A long term supportive program is then put into place to keep your teeth for life!