A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Scaling and root planing is sometimes followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials, systemic antibiotics, and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis.
Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health.
Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limitations. When it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal health.
Periodontal Pocket Reduction Procedures
These deep pockets collect even more bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue loss. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.
Deeper pockets are more difficult for you and your dental care professional to clean, so it's important for you to reduce them. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chance of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.
Gum Graft Surgery / Periodontal Plastic Surgery Procedures
Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession.
Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve aesthetics of your smile. patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.
Procedures that regenerate lost bone and tissue supporting your teeth can reverse some of the damage caused by periodontal disease.
Your periodontist may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed due to periodontal disease. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.
Dental Crown Lengthening Procedures
Dental crown lengthening is a procedure to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
It can be done to improve a "gummy" smile because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they're covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs a dental crown lengthening procedure.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants. Services include:
- Replacing a Single Tooth
- Replacing Several Teeth
- Replacing All of Your Teeth
- Sinus Augmentation
A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
If you're missing a tooth due to trauma, decay, medication or hypodontia, and have been putting off getting it restored, you're placing your health and your appearance at risk. We're pleased to present the great option to restore your smile – IMPLANTS
An implant is a permanent tooth replacement that sits atop a screw-like shaft attached directly to your jawbone. Implants are more expensive, but:
- They can last decades – sometimes a lifetime – depending on your age when one is placed.
- They look and feel like your natural teeth.
- They support proper speech and allow for easier, more natural eating mechanics.
With modern dentistry, there is no reason to allow your health or your appearance to suffer because of a missing tooth or teeth. We can help. If you're curious about which option is best for you please give us a call to set up a free consultation. We'll be happy to put you back on the fast-track to a full smile right away!
Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.