Periodontists - Independence



Periodontology, or periodontics, is branch of dentistry which studies supporting structures of teeth and diseases and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating diseases and conditions of the periodontium. Periodontists have additional training in the specialty after obtaining their dental license. Periodontists specialize in the management of patients with periodontitis, gum recession and surgical placement of implants. Periodontal diseases take on many different forms, but is usually a result of bacterial infection of the gums. Untreated, it often leads to tooth loss and alveolar bone loss.

John M. Morales, DDS
Ballard & Morales, DDS, PC
4429 S. River Blvd., Suite D
Independence, MO 64055

Nancy L. Newhouse, DDS
Newhouse Periodontics
4731 Cochise, Suite 200
Independence, MO 64055

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