Periodontics is an area of dentistry which specialises in treating diseases and conditions which affect the supporting structures of the teeth. Put simply, these supporting structures entail the gums and the jawbone or, to give them their technical names, the alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. Although, when most people think of dentistry they naturally assume it concentrates on the teeth themselves, the areas treated by periodontics are actually every bit as vital, since they are vulnerable to attack from many different diseases which, if left untreated, can lead to bone loss and ultimately the loss of the teeth themselves. In fact, conditions such as these are the most common cause of tooth loss amongst adults, something which underlines the importance of seeking out a first rate periodontist. Pay a visit to the Perfect Smile Wimbledon branch and that’s exactly what you’ll find.