Department of Periodontist
A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the supporting structures of the teeth, primarily the gums and the surrounding tissues. The supporting structures of the teeth are collectively known as the periodontium. Periodontists receive additional education and training beyond general dentistry, making them experts in periodontal health and management.
The main areas of expertise and services provided by periodontists include:
Gum Disease Treatment: Periodontists are specialized in the treatment of gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. They can perform deep cleaning procedures, like scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from below the gumline and promote gum tissue healing.
Dental Implants: Periodontists are skilled in placing dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots used to support dental prosthetics like crowns, bridges, or dentures. They assess the patient’s bone density and gum health to determine the best implant placement for optimal results.
Gum Grafting: In cases of gum recession, where the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the roots, periodontists can perform gum grafting procedures to cover and protect the exposed roots and enhance aesthetics.
Crown Lengthening: Periodontists can perform crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth’s structure, usually for restorative or cosmetic purposes, such as placing a crown.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery: Periodontists may also perform cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of the gums, like reshaping uneven gum lines.
Bone Grafting: In preparation for dental implants or to address bone loss due to periodontal disease, periodontists can perform bone grafting procedures to enhance bone density and support.
Periodontal Maintenance: Periodontists provide ongoing care and maintenance for patients with gum disease or those who have undergone periodontal treatment to ensure the health and stability of the periodontium.