Periodontics

Experts in treating severe gum disease.

The health of your gums and tissues surrounding your teeth and dental implants are vital for the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Periodontics is a specialised field of dentistry which deals with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the periodontal (gum), or disease, and in the placement and maintenance of dental implants.

While most general dentists can diagnose and treat mild gum disease, often more problematic cases such as moderate to severe gum disease, a complex medical history, patients with dental anxiety or patients unresponsive to initial treatment, are referred to a periodontist. A periodontist is a registered specialist with the Dental Board of Australia who has undertaken an additional three years of training and expertise in periodontal procedures.

Periodontists may manage gum disease through surgical or non-surgical procedures and offer a range of treatment options for other periodontium problems as well. This includes root planning and scaling, soft tissue grafts, crown lengthening, frenectomy and dental implants. They appropriately cater for a patient’s periodontal and implant needs for improved restorability of teeth.

What to Expect

Appointment

Periodontal treatment requires at least 2 appointments. Your first visit will be a consultation to examine the tissues in your mouth, take x-rays if required and measure the gum pockets.

Your next visit will usually consist of treatment. Further review appointments may be necessary to ensure the success of treatment.

A referral is not essential to seek a consultation with a periodontist.

Appointment Duration

The first consultation will take approximately 30 minutes, whilst treatment appointments will usually take at least an hour. Review appointments are approximately 15 minutes.

Fees & Private Cover

Prior to treatment commencing, you will receive an estimate of fees and available payment options for your proposed treatment. Fees will vary widely depending on your individual treatment plan and will discussed with you in detail.

Patients with private health insurance may be entitled to rebates on the cost of treatment, depending on the type of policy and the level of cover held.