What is Periodontics?

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Periodontics refers to a specialty field of dentistry. A periodontist is a dentist who treats “periodontal disease” or any of a range of ailments that affect the gums. Anything from gum infections to severe gum deterioration would require the care of a periodontist.

Much of a periodontist’s work has to do with helping patients who suffer from gum disease. However, periodontists also perform cosmetic procedures to help patients achieve a better smile and higher satisfaction with their teeth and gums.

An excellent example of conventional periodontal treatment is the diagnosis and placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants (components set into the jaw which help support other dental prosthetics like dentures).

Periodontists must receive the full battery of dental school plus three additional years to learn the specific skills needed to perform excellent periodontal care.