Periodontics

Experts in treating gum disease and in the placement of dental implants.

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 dental specialist 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

Appointments

Treatment usually requires 3 to 4 appointments. At your initial consultation, your sleep medicine dentist will thoroughly examine suitability for an oral appliance and request x-rays where clinically necessary. You will have the opportunity to discuss your treatment plan at length.

At your next visit, treatment will usually start including accurate impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Insertion of the appliance is in a separate appointment, often 3 to 4 weeks after.

Further review appointments will be required to ensure its effectiveness and comfort.

Patients generally require a sleep study and referral to seek a consultation with a sleep medicine dentist. This is often a requirement to claim health insurance.

Appointment Duration

Your first consultation will take approximately 30 minutes, whilst treatment appointments will usually take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Review appointments are approximately 15 minutes.

Fees & Private Health

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.


 

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