What is a Periodontist?

Abstract_16A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the field of Periodontics. Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases or abnormalities of the supporting tissues of the teeth and their substitutes.


Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. Periodontists Robert De Poi and Melinda Newnham practice a full scope of periodontics with expertise ranging from treatment of periodontal (gum) disease and the placement of  dental implants to cosmetic periodontal surgery, gum grafting and crown lengthening.


Our office is located at 84 Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia. Call us on 03 9375 7700 .


Who should see a periodontist?

While many patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by the general dentist, patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, will be best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist.

Secondly, patients requiring placement of dental implants or other periodontal surgical procedures are candidates for treatment by a Periodontist. Your Periodontist will work with your general dentist or other dental specialists in order to provide complete treatment needs.