What is periodontics?

Periodontics is a specialty in the dental field with the objective of treating conditions that may affect the teeth supporting structures such as the gums and bone.

  • The gums
  • Alveolar bone
  • The periodontal ligament

This specialty encompasses other surgical procedures such as the placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth and bone reconstruction.

Why was I referred to Dr Lacoste?

Essentially, your general dentist refers you to a periodontist when you have gum disease (gingivitis) or periodontal disease (periodontitis) or when you need specific treatments such as:

  • Dental implants
  • A bone graft
  • A gingival transplant
  • A flap approach
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Clinical crown elongation
  • Gingivectomy (correction of the gingival smile) or gingivoplasty
  • An exhibition of impacted canines
  • Other conditions affecting the mouth
  • Tooth abscess

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