Periodontics is the dental specialty focusing exclusively in the inflammatory disease that destroys the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth. While our office routinely treats periodontal problems, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, sometimes we may refer you to a periodontal specialist for more advanced care. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. As specialists in periodontal disease, they are experts in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. They are also trained in cosmetic periodontal procedures. We treat cases ranging from mild gingivitis to more severe periodontitis, and offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (the cleaning of infected root surfaces), root surface debridement (the removal of damaged tissue), and localized periodontal surgery.