What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is a specialty branch of dentistry that incorporates prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the functional, supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes, and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues.

Who is a Periodontist?

A Periodontist is a dental specialist who has received three additional years of education and extensive training beyond dental school.



A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and who is familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease.

See our Periodontal Disease page for more detailed information regarding Periodontal disease.



A Periodontist places dental implants. Dental implants are artificial teeth that are a wonderful option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

See our Dental Implants page for more detailed information regarding Dental Implants.



A Periodontist can enhance your smile with cosmetic periodontal procedures by reshaping your gum line and/or covering exposed root surfaces. See our Procedures page for more detailed information regarding Periodontal surgery performed in our office.




Why do you need a Periodontist?


Often the only way to detect if you have periodontal disease is through a periodontal evaluation. Periodontal disease begins as a painless infection of the gums, caused by a build-up of bacteria and if left untreated destroys the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Since periodontal disease is sometimes silent, you may not know that you have it. Conditions in your mouth affect your overall health an oral infection can make you susceptible to other diseases. A disease-free mouth enhances your chance for optimal overall health. See our Periodontal Disease page for periodontal related diseases.



Dentists refer their patients to a periodontist for advanced periodontal disease, implant evaluation, or gumline and cosmetic procedures.


You may also choose to go directly to a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation.



When should you see a Periodontist?

- If periodontal disease is present. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:


Gums that bleed easily, such as during brushing and flossing.

Persistent bad breath.

Red, swollen or tender gums.

Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.

Pus between the teeth and gums.

Loose or separating teeth.

A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite


- Implant placement


- Gumline procedures

To contact us call:


Periodontics & Implants, Ltd.

Richard C. Prendergast, D.D.S., M.S.

What is Periodontics?

636 Church Street

Suite 707

Evanston, IL 60201