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What is a Periodontist?


What is a periodontist? A periodontist is a specialist in treating gum disease. Gum disease is a condition caused by your bodies response to plaque and bacteria you have stuck to your teeth and under your gums. The immune response these bacteria stimulate can result in the destruction of your jaw bone causing your teeth to become loose, your gums to bleed and shrink. Unfortunately some people are particularly susceptible to this condition and require ongoing maintenance.

Periodontist provide expert care for such people as well as all patients with periodontal disease.

Periodontists are also experts at the management of soft tissues and have techniques to help rebuild damaged or missing gums.

More recently, periodontists have been involved in the placement of dental implants as well as the care and maintenance of dental implants.

The jaw bone and gums form the foundation for your teeth and periodontists are experts at looking after problems with these foundations.

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