What is a periodontist?

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PeriodontistThe team at Smile Solutions, along with our general dentists, hygienists, dental nurses and auxiliary staff, are also comprised of 20 board-registered specialists.

Among these specialists are our periodontists.

A periodontist is a dentist who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease), and in the placement of dental implants, bone grafts and gum lifts.

Procedures performed by a periodontist

The purpose of implant surgery is to replace missing teeth or teeth that cannot be saved by conventional means. Implants range from single-tooth replacement to a complete upper and lower arch replacement.

Bone grafting, or bone augmentation, involves the insertion of synthetic filler bone to encourage growth of the natural bone around it.

A gum lift is a cosmetic lifting of the gum line of the front six teeth, these days done using laser – a quick, effective and virtually painless procedure that does not require stitches and heals well.

What is the difference between a general dentist and a periodontist?

In Australia, to qualify as a registered specialist periodontist, practitioners must first have the same degree as a general dentist, with honours.

They then study for a further three to four years for a Masters degree or equivalent specific training, making them eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia as a specialist periodontist.

Smile Solutions’ periodontists often work in seamless collaboration with our specialist prosthodontists in cases that require restoration of the teeth using crowns, veneers, bridges, implants, dentures or any combination of these.

To find out more about the specialist field of periodontics click here or watch our video below. 

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