A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease and other oral conditions affecting the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. Periodontal disease affects the support around teeth including the jawbones and gum.
After five years at dental school and some years in general dental practice, the periodontist completes an additional 3 years of university based training.
The periodontist provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic, nonsurgical and surgical services aimed at improving periodontal health.
Pre-prosthetic surgery can also be carried out to improve aesthetics and function of restorations such as crowns and bridges. The placement of dental implants is frequently undertaken by periodontists especially when aesthetics are paramount. Periodontists work closely with other members of the dental team, particularly general dentists, hygienists and other dental specialists.
At Burwood Dental Specialists, the periodontists are members of the Australian Dental Association, The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, The Australian Society of Periodontolgy and ANZAP (the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists) the peak professional body representing periodontists in Australia and New Zealand. Members of the Academy abide by a code of ethics and behaviour as well as agreeing to set minimal levels of continuing professional education. Membership is only open to those periodontists with the highest level of professional skill, knowledge and integrity.