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There are a limited number of practices who offer Periodontics.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is one of the eight dental specialties, and focuses around the diseases affecting gums and bone supporting the teeth.
What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are specialists in preventing, diagnosing, and treating of gums and supporting structures affected by diseases. They are also trained in placing, and maintaining dental implants.

To become a certified Periodontist they must study for a further 3 more years after graduating as a dentist.

What Is Periodontal Disease?
The major cause of a Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the fibers and supporting bone of your teeth. It often progresses without pain or symptoms. If the bacteria called plaque is not removed daily it hardens into tartar, and collects even more plaque. This builds up and creates an inflamation of the gums called gingivitis. After a while the gums begin to pull away and recede from the teeth, allowing the bacteria to deepen, and start destroying the bone that anchors the teeth in place.

9 out of 10 people are afflicted with some form of periodontal disease in their lifetime.

What are the Symptoms?
  • Your gums bleed during brushing or are swollen, red or tender
  • You get pus released when pressing the area
  • Your tooth has moved position, is loose or is longer
  • You have started to suffer from bad breath or bad taste
Screening process

A small measuring probe is gently placed between your tooth and gum during screening, to assess your periodontal health.