Periodontist is a dentist who is specialized treating diseases including supporting and investing structures of the teeth including alveolar bone, cementum, gums and periodontium. It also deals with diseases and conditions which affect the supporting structures/teeth. Periodontics also deals with the dental implants and peri-implantitis.
Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.