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Understanding the Role of a Periodontist in Dental Care


Periodontists are dental specialists who focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and the placement of dental implants. At Weston Dental Specialists Group, our periodontists play a crucial role in maintaining your oral health. In this blog post, we’ll explore the role of a periodontist and how their expertise can benefit your dental care.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It begins with gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and other health issues.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain or discomfort while chewing
  • Formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums

The Role of a Periodontist

Periodontists are experts in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. They receive additional training beyond dental school to specialize in the health of the gums and supporting structures. Here are some of the key roles a periodontist plays in dental care:

  1. Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease:
    • Periodontists are skilled in diagnosing the different stages of periodontal disease. They develop personalized treatment plans to manage and treat the condition, which may include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), antibiotic therapy, and surgical interventions.
  2. Periodontal Maintenance:
    • After treating periodontal disease, ongoing maintenance is crucial to prevent recurrence. Periodontists provide regular cleanings and check-ups to monitor your gum health and ensure the disease remains under control.
  3. Dental Implant Placement:
    • Periodontists are highly trained in the placement of dental implants. They evaluate the health of your gums and jawbone to determine if you are a suitable candidate for implants. The periodontist surgically places the implant and ensures proper healing and integration with the bone.
  4. Gum Recession Treatment:
    • Gum recession can expose tooth roots, leading to sensitivity and an increased risk of decay. Periodontists perform procedures such as gum grafting to restore the gum line and protect the tooth roots.
  5. Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures:
    • Periodontists also perform cosmetic procedures to enhance the appearance of your smile. This may include crown lengthening, soft tissue grafts, and contouring to improve the symmetry and aesthetics of your gums.


Periodontists play a vital role in maintaining your oral health by diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, providing periodontal maintenance, placing dental implants, treating gum recession, and performing cosmetic procedures. At Weston Dental Specialists Group, our experienced periodontists are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain healthy gums and a beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our periodontal services.

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