A periodontist specialises in gum disease and the treatment of gums; as well as the placement and care of dental implants.
WHAT TO EXPECT
On a first visit a full review of dental and medical history. Periodontists measure periodontal pockets - the space, depth, and width between teeth. They will inspect your gum line for recession using a probe. Then your bite and placement of teeth in the jaw will be assessed. An x-ray may be taken to assess the condition of the jaw bone.
A full picture of your oral hygiene allows for better understanding of ways to prevent gum disease. Periodontists are the best people with who to consult on when and where to get dental implants.
Adding another professional can inflate the cost of dental care. Purchase and maintenance of dental implants is expensive with frequent visits often needed to the periodontist.