A Periodontist is a dental specialist that has completed a 5 year undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree, and also completed an additional 3 year postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) degree in periodontics. A Periodontist (gum specialist) specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. A gum specialist often works closely with dental hygienists to maintain long-term periodontal maintenance.
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