What is a Specialist Periodontist?


What is a Specialist Periodontist?

A specialist periodontist is a dentist who focuses on the health of patients’ gums and has undertaken a further three years of dental training to be listed on the specialist register of the General Dental Council.

Unlike general dentists, they have a wider skillset in dealing with gums and loose teeth and can provide advanced procedures such as gum regeneration surgery. They will often work closely with a dental hygienist to provide a team approach to a patient’s dental care.  Having been trained in hospitals treating patients when referred from primary care dental practices, the consultation and examination process is thorough and can involve multiple radiographs.

Being rather rare in the UK, their services are in demand.  We are lucky to be working with Hilary Cooke at The Exeter Dental Centre who is the only periodontal specialist working in Exeter and servicing most of Devon.

Hilary is now accepting referrals from surrounding dental practices and will also see patients who refer themselves to The Exeter Dental Centre. You can contact our friendly reception team by calling 01392 272350.

Mike Hesketh


The Exeter Dental Centre


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs):

What the warning signs that I may have gum disease?

Bleeding after brushing is the typical sign.  This can be due to inflammation of the gums as a result of a chronic infection called gingivitis.

Why are bleeding gums important?

Due to the infection and the body’s response to this infection, bone support around teeth can shrink.  This can eventually lead to loose teeth and possible loss of these teeth – a condition called Periodontitis.

What should I do if I notice bleeding gums?

If you already clean in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes and use an electric toothbrush twice a day.  It might be time to check with your general dentist to make sure all your dental restorations are smooth around the edges and not causing bacteria to become stuck in the gums.

What will my dentist do about bleeding gums?

A referral to a hygienist can be the first course of treatment involving a deep clean of the patient’s teeth together with coaching on how to maintain a healthy mouth.  If this doesn’t solve the problem, then a referral to a periodontal specialist may be the next option.