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What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a specialized dentistry field focusing on the aversion, diagnosis, and treatment of gums-related diseases and the supporting structure of teeth. The word periodontics is derived from two Greek words known as ‘peri’ which means around and ‘odious’ which means tooth.

Periodontics plays an important role when it comes to maintaining oral health and gum illnesses. It is vital to visit a periodontist often as gum diseases can lead to tooth loss and are also related to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and adverse pregnancy results. Hence, regular visitation can ensure the prevention of these risks.

Difference between periodontics and dentist

Periodontics and dentistry both are interrelated fields as they deal in oral healthcare. However, there are differences in areas and specialization. The breakdown of differences are below for both: 

Dentistry (General Dentistry):

Dentistry is related to dental medicine and is a wide field emphasizing on complete oral health, prevention, diagnosis, and dental conditions treatment. The following procedures fall under dentistry field: 

  • Frequent dental check-ups and cleaning 
  • X-rays and diagnostic assessment
  • Extraction of tooth 
  • Root canal therapy 
  • Cosmetic dental procedures 
  • Oral hygiene and advice
  • Fillings, crowns, and bridges 


Periodontics is a field within dentistry that emphasizes on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions which affect the teeth supporting structures, like gums, periodontal ligaments, and alveolar bone. Here are the periodontics aspects: 

  • Gum disease treatment 
  • Root planning and scaling 
  • Regeneration and bone grafting
  • Periodontal cosmetic surgery
  • Oral inflammation and infection management 
  • Placement of dental implants and maintenance 
  • Gum tissue surgeries

Why do you need to visit a periodontist?

There are various reasons why one may have to consult a periodontist. Let’s have a look at some of the reason why periodontist visit is recommended: 

  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Gum Recession
  • Dental Implants
  • Bone Loss or Damage
  • Cosmetic Gum Procedures
  • Ongoing Periodontal Maintenance

What type of procedures are performed by a periodontist?

Periodontists specialize in performing a wide range of procedures linked to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum illnesses and conditions which affect the teeth supporting structures. Some of the most common gum related procedures are:

  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Gum Grafting
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Dental Implant Placement
  • Bone Grafting and Regeneration
  • Gum Pocket Reduction
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery
  • Maintenance and Monitoring

Why should you choose Rukmani Birla Hospital for periodontics?

Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is among the eminent multi-special hospitals operating in the city for decades. The hospital has integrated the most amazing and experienced doctors including other staff members. We ensure dedicating ourselves to offering exceptional and satisfactory patient care. The primary objective behind the inception of this hospital is to make healthcare services available to everyone at an affordable cost including the finest treatment. So, if you are looking for a periodontist, then get in touch with our most skilled and highly talented professionals at RBH.


Can periodontitis be cured?

There is no cure available for periodontitis, but it can be managed with right treatment and proper care.

Can periodontal disease be hereditary?

Yes, according to certain studies, periodontal diseases can be hereditary and passed on to generations.