Our periodontal department offers ranges of treatments and services by our team periodontist. These include:
- Treatments for periodontal disease
- Bone and soft tissue grafting
- Dental implants
- Soft tissue procedures for gum recession
- Crown lengthening
- Management of peri-implantitis
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. These include the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects only the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the supporting tissues are involved. We offer a range of treatments for management of periodontal disease:
Scaling and root planning: Scaling is a non-surgical procedure done under local anesthesia that involves a deep cleaning under the gum line that allows for removal of calculus, plaque deposits, and bacteria causing periodontal disease. This reduces the inflammation and number of bacteria in the pockets of involved teeth. Root planing involves the removal of cementum and toxins embedded onto the root surface smoothening the area. This helps prevent recolonization of bacteria. Patient’s notice less bleeding and inflammation while brushing and flossing less than a week after initial therapy.
Periodontal Maintenance: Once periodontal disease is brought under control it is important that you get these regular cleanings after periodontal treatment is complete. The purpose of these cleanings is to preserve the progress you have made. These visits become altered between your periodontist and your hygienist.
Osseous surgery: is a surgical procedure to help remove pockets and reshape bony defects around periodontally compromised teeth. The goals of osseous surgery are to reduce or eliminate the periodontal pockets that are causing disease. The goals: 1. Reducing the bacteria within the oral cavity and prevent spreading of an infection. 2. Preventing further bone loss and tooth loss. 3. Helps facilitate home care by making the pockets readily accessible for brushing and flossing.
Open Flap surgery: A surgical manipulation of the gum tissues in order to access the underlying periodontal tooth structures and allow access to the periodontally infected sites to further debride the area.
Guided tissue regeneration: Bone grafting periodontal defects during periodontal surgery is a great way to regenerate bone that has been lost due to periodontal disease. During this procedure, we will add either your own bone, tissue bank bone, bovine bone, or synthetic bone to the defected site. This can then improve the prognosis of the tooth and add many years to the survival of the tooth.
Soft Tissue Procedure
Soft tissue grafting: Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. This can cause sensitivity and an unaesthetic look. Patient’s interested in enhancing their smile by covering up one or more of these roots receive soft tissue grafting. The soft tissue graft procedure can help repair recession and prevent further bone loss while providing the patient with a beautiful smile. The tissue can be harvested from either the patient or a donor source.
Gingival Tissue Procedures
Gingivectomy/Gingivoplasty: Is a preventative and esthetic procedure done to remove excessive gingival tissues and contour/reshape the gingival gum line in order to provide a more functional and esthetic smile line. This procedure is used to correct an excessive or uneven gum display.
Management of Peri-Implantitis
When an implant is ailing, surgical and nonsurgical intervention can be taken to help aid in healing and better the prognosis of the implant. This can be done by local antibiotic administration, debridement of the implant, contouring of the bone and soft tissue around the implant and maintenance. Lastly implant removal can be taken into account as well.
Our surgical team working in collaboration with our implant care practitioner helps to diagnose and manage many different types of implant disease including peri-implantitis.