A periodontist is a dental professional who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. This disease is the advanced form of gum disease. The first stage is gingivitis which is a curable problem. However, once gum disease progresses to periodontal disease there is no cure, only treatment.
In some countries a periodontist is also considered to be a specialist in placing dental implants. At Coastal Dental Care we have a two periodontal practices: one in Carrara and another at Banora Point.
An Orthodontist is a dentist who has gained extra university qualifications to allow them to specialise in orthodontics. Some general dentists have also undergone short courses to allow them to place cosmetic braces.
A prosthodontist is a specialist cosmetic dentist. With an extra 3 years of university training, a prosthodontist is a dentist who specialises in the placement of dental prosthetics such as:
A prosthodontist looks not just at your teeth but also your gums and jaw to determine the best way to provide you with the dental treatment you need.
As yet in Australia there is not official title for a dentist who specialises in dental implants. There are oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have many years’ experience placing implants and in Australia there are a handful of dentists with a recognised masters in implant placement.
If you would like to know more about the specialists who work across our dental practices, please contact us today.