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Periodontics involves the treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting structures of teeth and implants.

A periodontist is a dentist who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth also known as gum disease), and in the placement of dental implants. They also diagnose and treat infections around dental implants.

Am I eligible?

Please check if you are eligible for care in the public oral health service by clicking here.

For more information on the eligibility criteria of specialist services please refer to the current NSW Health Policy.

How can I use this service?

Patients must first be seen by their local community oral health clinic.  The clinic will write a referral to our department that asks us to provide the treatment you need.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

To find out what you should bring to your appointment, click here.

What to expect at your appointment

The First Appointment

Your first appointment will be for a consultation only.  This allows us to fully understand your problem and to talk with you about treatment. 

During your first visit, the periodontist usually reviews your complete medical and dental histories. It’s extremely important for the periodontist to know if you’re taking any medications or being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.

Your periodontist will then examine your gums for any gum line recession, assess how your teeth come into contact with each other when biting, and check to see if any of your teeth are loose. Your periodontist will further evaluate the health of your gums by placing a small measuring instrument (called a probe) in the spaces between your teeth and gums (called periodontal pockets) to measure the depth of those spaces. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below your gum line.

Options for treatment will be explained to you and a treatment plan will be worked out that both you and we are happy with.

How do I get there?

To plan your journey to the clinic click here to find the best way of getting here.

Who will I meet at my appointment?

You will meet your Periodontist (Specialist Dentist), dental hygienist and dental assistant. Your treatment may be completed by a Periodontist or a Periodontist in training, supervised by a qualified Specialist Periodontist. Periodontists receive extensive training in both gum disease and implants, including three additional years of training beyond dental school.