Periodontics is a dental specialty devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues. In other words, the goal of Periodontics is to save teeth!
Who is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. A periodontist is an expert in saving teeth. A periodontist typically has had two to three years of additional training in diagnosing and treating gum disease and its associated problems. Periodontists are expertsin the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. If you have moderate or severe gum disease, you need to see a periodontist for the highist level of care available. Moreover, periodontists can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to improve your smile. Often, dentists refer their patients to a periodontist when their periodontal disease is advanced and an advanced level of specialty care is needed to achieve optimal results.