Periodontal & Dental Implant Services
What Is Periodontology?
- Periodontology is one of the eight dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. It is an entire branch of dentistry dedicated to studying the soft tissues and bone supporting the teeth, researching new techniques for treating periodontal diseases, and replacing teeth lost to periodontal disease with dental implants.
Who Is A Periodontist?
- Periodontists are dental specialists who are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. They are also trained in the planning, placement, and maintenance of dental implants. After periodontists complete dental school, they continue their education for 3 more years to obtain a postdoctoral certificate in periodontics and limit their practices to this specialty.
Why You Need A Periodontal Screening
- Periodontal disease is typically a result of bacterial infection that affects the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. A periodontal screening is an easy way for the Periodontist to determine the state of your periodontal health. During this screening, a small measuring probe is gently placed between your tooth and gum to assess your periodontal health. Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and roots. Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, acting as a tooth root substitute. Posts are attached to the implant allowing for dental prosthetic attachments.
There are times when there is a severe loss of the tooth structure above the gumline or a cavity that extends under the gumline. When this occurs, it is necessary to expose more tooth structure to allow your dentist to restore the tooth properly. This will prevent gum infection and potential support loss from the restoration (crown or filling).
Crown lengthening may be recommended for cosmetic reason such as when you have a “gummy” smile. There can also be an uneven gum line around the front teeth giving a poor esthetic appearance.
Gum Recession Treatment
Gum Grafting is commonly used to treat root exposure resulting from receded gum tissue. The tissue used for the graft may be taken from the roof of the patient’s mouth or from a tissue bank. If taken from the roof of the patient’s mouth, the procedure may involve using the soft tissue from beneath the outer layer of skin and attaching it to the recession area in order to use tissue beneath the outer layer and then stitching the flap back in place. This is known as a connective tissue graft and is the most common procedure used for gum grafting.
Traditional methods of treatment involve removing tissue from the palate and using sutures to secure it over root surfaces. An alternative to this approach is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique which utilizes the existing gums around the teeth with recession and elevating them with a minimally invasive technique and using collagen to maintain the new tissue over the exposed roots. This treatment may be more suitable to your needs dependent on the issues present.
Bone regeneration involves procedures used to regenerate lost bone around a tooth or implant or maintain bone when a tooth is removed. These procedures can also restore bone loss where teeth have been removed. Dr. Gordon uses advanced techniques including PRF, Amniotic Tissue to achieve exceptional results
Ridge Preservation involves placing a regenerative bone grafting material into empty tooth sockets to rebuild bone where an extraction has left an empty, weakened area. This process encourages your body’s natural capacity to regenerate bone and aids in maintaining the bone for potential future dental implant or to prevent an unesthetic soft tissue deformity.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Home care is an extremely important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but even excellent home care cannot prevent bacteria and plaque. If the plaque is not removed, it can harden, becoming calculus. We will recommend a periodontal maintenance program that is best for you based on how quickly you develop calculus and your past and current periodontal health. During your maintenance visits we will perform and oral examination as well as a dental cleaning.
During an oral examination, a visual inspection is performed to detect normal and abnormal structures of the entire mouth, head and neck. Along with radiographs, an examination detects cavities, abnormalities in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession and any other abnormal findings within the mouth, head and neck
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces.