What does he do?

He is the dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gum diseases, including gum grafts, of the bone that supports the teeth and the placement of dental implants.

When should you consult a periodontist?

When you notice any of the following signs and symptoms: persistent bad breath; gums that are sore, red or swollen, that bleed while eating or brushing, or are receding; teeth that move or shift; an abscess. A referral from your general dentist is not necessary to consult a periodontist.