What is a Periodontist?

In Australia periodontists are registered under the Australian Dental Board Register as Specialists and all have completed extended studies to qualify for the title. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease and in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. Periodontists have had extensive training in the treatment of all forms of periodontal disease, including gingivitis, periodontitis, and gingival recession. By choosing a specialist you will benefit from the extended knowledge and current best practice evidence based procedures for treating periodontal disease and placing dental implants. We will adapt these to your needs.

Most patients are referred by other dentists and specialists but you do not need a referral to seek advice from us. We welcome any patient to contact our offices if they wish to seek advice. If you have been referred, we will work closely with your dentist to optimize your gum health to enhance the restorative care provided by your dentist. We also welcome referrals from existing patients who have family or close friends who may have periodontal disease issues or are seeking to have dental implants.

We believe that dental care should be provided with minimization of any potential discomfort. Please feel free to talk to the reception staff or us about any issues you are concerned about. Also please contact us (phone or e-mail) if you have any questions regarding your care.

What is the relationship between your Dentist and Periodontist?

Your dentist and your periodontist work together as a team to provide you with the best possible care. They combine their experience to formulate the best maintenance plan for you and they keep each other informed about your progress. Although our periodontists may see you periodically for maintenance therapy, you will need to see your general dentist as well.

Appointments for periodontal maintenance do not replace regular dental check-ups.

If we detects tooth decay or other issues during a maintenance visit, you will be referred you back to your general dentist for treatment. Your general dentist is primarily responsible for your overall dental health, including such dental needs as filling new or recurrent cavities or making changes in fillings, crowns or bridges.

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