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Gums are the focus of periodontistry, and periodontists are concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating various gum issues. This may include things like treating acute gum disease and pain, treating and diagnosing extreme gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), installing dental implants, and doing cosmetic skin grafting on teeth. Anything that requires extensive work to be done on teeth is when a periodontist gets involved. Gum disease is a large portion of periodontistry and thus periodontists counsel general dentists on treatment and prevention strategies that will work together with patients' lifestyles.