What type of procedures does a periodontist perform?
Periodontists focus on gum and bone care, preventing and treating disease that affects the gums and supporting bones. Untreated, this can result in a loss of teeth. Periodontal disease has also been linked to various illnesses and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), diabetes, pre-term delivery in pregnancy, and many other health issues.
Periodontists offer procedures that can help people keep their teeth longer. Treatments can include the cleaning of infected root surfaces (root planing), the reversal of lost bone and tissue (regenerative procedures), and the placement and repair of dental implants.