The Vital Role of Periodontics in Oral Health
Periodontics is a specialty in dentistry that focuses primarily on periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile—it can cause loss of teeth & eventually, if left untreated, other more serious health problems.
General dentists are trained to detect periodontal disease & treat it in early stages. However, they often refer complicated or later-stage cases to a specialist. Periodontists undergo an additional three years of training in periodontics, specializing in gum disease, oral inflammation & dental implants. Because of their expertise in the soft tissues of the mouth, they are also often experts in soft-tissue cosmetic procedures, such as crown lengthening or gum lifts.