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