Periodontists specialise in the treatment of gum conditions. Unlike a hygienist or a general dentist, a periodontist is a dentist with further specialist training who can diagnose and treat complex cases of gum disease, recession and other diseases of the supporting tissues.
Periodontists are also able to provide surgical treatment options which may be needed in certain situations, such as regenerative procedures aiming at restoring the affected periodontal tissues.
Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to the hygienist for a thorough cleaning is the key to maintaining good oral health. It only takes a small amount of overlooked plaque and tartar to lead to gum disease, if you develop severe or complex gum disease you dentist will refer you to a periodontist to treat this.
Has your dentist informed you that you may be suffering from periodontitis? Have you suffered from periodontitis in the past but haven’t been seen for your maintenance appointments?