What is a perio?


A periodontist is a dental specialist with advanced training in the diagnosis and management of all diseases affecting the tooth-supporting tissues, known scientifically as the periodontal tissues, which simply implies the gums and bone around your teeth.

South African periodontists are unique and considered to be the dermatologists and plastic surgeons of the oral tissues! The 4-year postgraduate programme ensures expertise in disease prevention, control as well as regenerative and reconstructive techniques (bone and soft tissue) around teeth and implants.  They are also trained experts in the placement and maintenance of dental implants.

Why visit a perio?

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Progressive loosening or migration of teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath

Lumps, bumps, ulcers and patches at any site within the mouth. All lesions should be assessed when noticed by yourself or your dentist, even if they cause no pain.

Implants are NOT teeth; they are only the foundation that provides a stable support for your teeth. Periodontists are experts in building the foundation of your smile and are highly trained implant surgeons.

In the most complex of cases, periodontists often team up with another specialist, the prosthodontist, to ensure that your smile is designed to suit your unique cosmetic and functional requirements.

Healthy, symmetrical gums enhance the appearance of your teeth, like a frame around a beautiful painting. With the evolution of dental technology and techniques, the artistic possibilities for smile design today are limitless. Smiles can often be cosmetically enhanced by changing the appearance of the gums.

  • Gummy smile (teeth that appear short)
  • Receding gums
  • Depigmentation
  • Bone and soft tissue reconstruction round teeth and implants

Periodontists are trained in minimal trauma dental extractions and in some cases, implants can be placed immediately. Speak to your periodontist about your options before removing teeth so that a treatment plan can be designed to suit your needs.

Why visit a perio?

Signs of gum disease
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Progressive loosening or migration of teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
Any oral lesions

Lumps, bumps, ulcers and patches at any site within the mouth. All lesions should be assessed when noticed by yourself or your dentist, even if they cause no pain.

Wish to replace teeth with implant

Implants are NOT teeth; they are only the foundation that provides a stable support for your teeth. Periodontists are experts in building the foundation of your smile and are highly trained implant surgeons.

In the most complex of cases, periodontists often team up with another specialist, the prosthodontist, to ensure that your smile is designed to suit your unique cosmetic and functional requirements.

Cosmetic concern with your gums

Healthy, symmetrical gums enhance the appearance of your teeth, like a frame around a beautiful painting. With the evolution of dental technology and techniques, the artistic possibilities for smile design today are limitless. Smiles can often be cosmetically enhanced by changing the appearance of the gums.

  • Gummy smile (teeth that appear short)
  • Receding gums
  • Depigmentation
  • Bone and soft tissue reconstruction round teeth and implants
A tooth requires extraction

Periodontists are trained in minimal trauma dental extractions and in some cases, implants can be placed immediately. Speak to your periodontist about your options before removing teeth so that a treatment plan can be designed to suit your needs.