PeriodonticsPeriodontics is an extremely specialized form of dentistry that involves treating the supporting structures and tissues around the teeth and the conditions that affect them. Essentially, the goal of periodontics is to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease and other conditions of the gums, bones, and ligaments.
The supporting supporting structures and tissues of the teeth are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. In many ways, the periodontum is more important than the tooth itself because gums and bone are directly connected to your circulatory system and entire body. A professional who practices this specialty field of dentistry is known as a periodontist.
Periodontist are experts at understanding the intricate relationships between gums, bone, and the many microscopic layers of tissue between them. They are able to surgically and now even NON-surgically eliminate gum pockets, usually stopping gum disease and restoring health to your mouth. They are also experts at cosmetic gum alterations — sometimes gumlines need to be slightly elevated or lowered to achieve symmetry and beauty. They also treat injuries and malformations of teeth and gums, perform a variety of procedures to repair the gum tissue and bone structure, remove diseased tissue, and lengthen crowns.