A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention–, diagnosis– & treatment of patients with periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontics is derived from the Greek words "peri" meaning "around" & "odons" meaning "teeth" – thus it is the study of the supporting tissue of the teeth (gums–, alveolar bone–, cementum– & the periodontal ligament). Periodontics encompasses prevention–, diagnosis– & treatment of diseases of the supporting & surrounding tissues of teeth & dental implants with the goal to preserve the natural dentition improving periodontal health.
Huge advances are being made in the implant field & tissue regeneration which falls into the sphere of expertise of the Periodontist. Periodontists play an indispensable role in the provision of essential care to the public & a vital service to the dental profession which is recognized internationally.
The scope of procedures performed requires a specialized knowledge base on a high degree of difficulty in skills. Therapy requires a solid knowledge base of all medical fields in which general dentists do not have the training–, knowledge–, skills–, experience & / or expertise to perform the essential role.
Periodontology plays an important role in general health– & public health, by providing periodontal care, Periodontists save health care funders millions of rands. The importance–, relevance & value of Periodontists in furthering periodontal health & contributing towards improved oral–, general– & public health outcomes & quality of life cannot be questioned.
Your first visit to the practice is a consultation appointment during which a diagnosis will be made. After a proper examination & diagnostic x–rays you will be provided with a written treatment plan & cost estimation that will address your specific needs to obtain proper oral health in the long term.