What is Periodontics?

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Blog Highlights:

  • Periodontics specializes in treating inflammatory diseases that affect the gums and other supporting structures around your teeth
  • Periodontists can provide you with the latest diagnostic techniques and treatments for different periodontal diseases
  • Periodontists can help treat mild gingivitis, they can perform surgical procedures, and they can also help you get dental implants

As a dental specialization, periodontics is focused mainly on inflammatory diseases that affect the gums and the supporting structures near your teeth. Periodontists are dentists who can help you when it comes to preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal diseases. They also specialize in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are expected to go through three more years of education after dental school as well as through extensive training. They must know how to deal with periodontal diseases with the use of the latest diagnostic techniques and treatments. They should also be well-versed in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

From treating mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis, periodontists can offer different treatments which includes scaling, root surface debridement (removal of damaged tissue), root planing (cleaning infected root surfaces), as well as regenerative procedures or the regeneration of lost tissue or bone. Periodontists can also perform surgical procedures for those who have severe gum disease. These professionals can also do placement, repair, and maintenance of dental implants.

You can visit Perio.org for more information on periodontics and periodontists.