What are the two key work areas of periodontics?

Hyun J. Song, DDS
The two key work areas of periodonitics are:
  1. Reconstructive (including gum grafts, implants to restore missing teeth and surgeries associated with implant preparations such as sinus augmentation, bone grafts, esthetic atruamatic extractions)
  2. Supportive (controlling active periodontal diseases either surgically or nonsurgically)
Periodontists are dentists who specialize in two main areas: preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal (gum) disease and placing dental implants. For gum disease, periodontists usually handle severe or complex cases that need extensive expert treatment, including surgery. Periodontists are also skilled in placing and repairing dental implants, which are replacement teeth that are inserted permanently into the jawbone.

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