What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease and other oral conditions affecting the soft and hard tissues of the mouth that support the teeth. Periodontal disease affects the support around teeth including the jawbones and gum. After five years of dental school and a minimum of two years in general dental practice, the a periodontist completes an additional 3 years of university based training.

The periodontist provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic, non-surgical and surgical services aimed at improving the periodontal health. Pre-prosthetic surgery can be provided to improve aesthetics and function of restorations such as crowns and bridges. The placement of dental implants is frequently undertaken by periodontists especially when aesthetics are paramount. Periodontists also manage complications associated with dental implants including the treatment of peri-implantitis. Periodontists work closely with other members of the dental team, particularly dentists, hygienists and other dental specialists.

ANZAP is the peak professional body representing periodontists in Australia and New Zealand. Members of the Academy abide by a code of ethics and behaviour as well as agreeing to set levels of continuing professional education. Membership is only open to those periodontists with the highest level of professional skill, knowledge and integrity.

Go to the ANZAP Patient Information website for further information and to Find a Periodontist in your area.

ANZAP Patient Website