What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a specialist in periodontics. Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the tissues that support your teeth: your gums and jawbone. Our modern word “periodontics” is created from joining the two Greek words, “peri,” which means “around,” and “odont,” which means “tooth.” So a specialist in periodontics treats conditions and disorders that affect the tissues that are “around” the “tooth.” In modern practice, this means that a periodontist specializes in treating, diagnosing, and preventing problems that can impact your teeth which originate in your gums or jawbone. The fact that roughly half the country has some form of gum disease indicates that there is likely a lot of demand for periodontists’ services.