A Periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the treatment of Periodontal (gum) Disease and other conditions affecting the structures which support the teeth. Training to be a Periodontist is beyond that required to become a general dentist. After five years of Dental School, and a minimum of two years in general dental practice, a Periodontist completes an additional 3 years of University based training, followed by a comprehensive examination process. Periodontists work closely with other members of the dental team, particularly dentists, hygienists and other dental specialists, however they are only responsible for the health of the gum tissues.
A Periodontist provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic, non-surgical and surgical services aimed at improving periodontal (gum) health. Our primary focus is on achieving health of the tissues which support the teeth. Further treatment can be undertaken to enhance the look and feel of your smile. For example, pre-prosthetic surgery can be undertaken to improve the look and function of restorations such as crowns and bridges; alternatively we can reshape your gums to achieve a more even contour, or less “gummy” appearance. Where teeth are missing the placement of dental implants is frequently undertaken by periodontists, especially when aesthetics are paramount. Periodontists also manage complications associated with dental implants including the treatment of peri-implantitis.
BDSc(Hons) MDSc(Perio) MRACDS