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There are numerous forms of periodontal therapy and they all work to prevent infection in the gums and, if already existing, restore the gums from infection/disease. Gum disease is a very serious thing and can spread throughout the mouth and throat and possibly make its way through to your bloodstream if not properly treated. The bones and roots that support the teeth can also be affected and can lead to loss of teeth.
Thankfully, there are various effective periodontal methods that are used to prevent spreading of disease and work to remove the disease completely. Some of the highly effective treatments can range anywhere from simple scaling to more complex surgery. Either way, our periodontal specialists will guarantee fantastic results. Without proper care, periodontitis can develop and there are many risks involved. One who suffers from this will have a higher risk of a heart attack and stroke. It can also affect women giving birth due to the higher risk of pre-mature birth. Periodontitis can also affect blood sugar levels.
We provide all treatments available for periodontitis and our highly trained professionals will take the best course of action to guarantee the prevention and restoration of any gum disease.
There are three types of gum tissue grafts. The decision regarding which graft to use depends on the specific needs of the patient, and their dentist's professional opinion. The different graft procedure options include:
Connective-tissue grafts: The most common of the grafts, used to treat exposed roots. In this procedure, a flap of skin, cut from the roof of your mouth (palate) and the tissue underneath, is removed and stitched onto the gum tissue bordering the exposed root. After this tissue has been removed, the flap is stitched back into the gum.
Free gingival grafts: These grafts, commonly used for people with thin gums that need enlarging, require a procedure similar to that of the connective-tissue graft. This procedure also uses tissue from the roof of the mouth, but instead of making a flap, a minor amount of tissue is removed directly from the palate, and attached to the area of the gum receiving treatment.
Pedicle grafts: Instead of taking tissue from the roof of the mouth, like the previously discussed procedures, pedicle grafts are taken from the area surrounding the tooth in need of repair. This flap is only partially cut, thus leaving one edge connected at all times. After this, the gum is then pulled to cover the area of treatment, and sewn into place. Due to its extended use, this procedure can only be done on patients with a large amount of gum tissue surrounding the exposed root.
If you are uncomfortable with the use of gum tissue from the roof of their mouth, there are options available including the use of graft material from a tissue bank. In addition, there are tissue-stimulating proteins available that encourage the growth of bone and tissue within your body; which makes it easier to perform a Connective-tissue or Pedicle graft. Discuss these options with your dentists to determine which option or graft is the best choice for you.
The purpose of periodontal plastic surgery is to restore the function to the periodontal ligaments, gum tissue and jaw bone as well as shaping them back to its regular form. With this, the ultimate goal is to prevent gum disease from reappearing and increase the long-term functionality of teeth.
A commonly used procedure in which gum tissue, bone, or both, are removed to expose a larger area of the effected tooth or teeth. There are two circumstances that can lead to this procedure needing to be done. First, if there is not enough available tooth sticking out above the gum line to support a filling or crown. Second, if a crown or filling falls out and decay has formed underneath it must be cut around.
A dental laser is used to remove inflamed gum tissue around the root of the effected tooth. Infected tissue is then removed and the root is exposed, initiating the root scaling process. This process includes scraping calculus and plaque build-up off the tooth and removing any impurities or rough spots to smooth down the tooth and reduce the likelihood of bacteria build-up. This allows both the prevention of future infections and for the region between the infected gum and the root to regenerate and heal.
A replacement for missing teeth, this small titanium post replaces the root part of the missing tooth and is positioned into the jaw bone just as natural tooth roots are. It is a minor and routine procedure that typically only requires a short healing period. Following this healing period, the post is then covered with a life-like crown, custom-made to match your existing natural teeth – providing you with healthy, natural looking teeth and long-lasting results Scaling & Root Planing:Recommended for patients with a previously discovered presence of gum disease.
A relatively non-invasive procedure and deep cleaning process that takes place below the gumline. In addition to this procedure, the placement of a small chip may be recommended by your hygienist to provide a direct line of treatment for the disease. Follow-ups with your periodontist are also recommended to discuss ways to prevent the worsening or reoccurrence of the disease.