Family/Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Gum Treatment

If your gums are swollen and tender, or bleed easily when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause for gum disease.  Gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE - You can actively prevent disease and decay through regular home care, regular dental exams and professional cleanings. This will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.  The word “periodontal” literally means “around the tooth.”  Periodontal (Gum) Disease is an ongoing infection in the pockets around the teeth.  The deeper the pockets, the more infection you have in fact, this is the major cause of tooth loss.  The purpose of Periodontal (Gum) Treatment is to remove this infection and give these pockets a chance to heal.  
Early detection is key, and there is generally one treatment (non-surgical) to treat this condition depending on the severity of your infection:  
Scaling and Root Planing.  Scaling and root planing are non-surgical procedures preformed to remove periodontal infection from below the gum line.  Scaling and planing effectively remove periodontal infections where the pockets around your gums are not too deep.  The surfaces of the tooth root are cleaned and smoothed and this removes the bacteria under the gums and makes it more difficult for bacteria to grow under the gums in the future.  

Scaling and root planing is done under local anesthesia and is quite different from the routine dental cleaning or "deep cleaning."  If the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment a minor surgical procedure must be performed to remove the infection.  

After Root Planing & Perio Scaling...or other periodontal procedure...is

Periodontal Maintenance Therapy  
A periodontal maintenance procedure is not the same treatment as a regular cleaning (or prophy) even though a hygienist may perform both services.   After a patient has been treated for periodontal disease, either with root planning or surgery, a standard cleaning (prophy) addresses scaling and polishing above the gumline.   Patients who have periodontal disease require below gumline maintenance.  Typically an interval of three months between appointments is effective in maintaining.  As in many other chronic conditions, successful long-term control of the disease and prevention of tooth loss depends on continual, and possibly lifetime maintenance.  Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year.  At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to monitor the status of your periodontal condition.  Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.  Periodontal disease is a condition that requires constant vigilance to keep it under control.  Adequate home care procedures and the maintenance visits are crucial in this regard.  

We are committed to helping you do what is needed to keep your teeth!  Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!

Gum Recession & Graft Surgery

         

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Gum graft surgery will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Gum grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession.   During gum graft surgery, the periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root.   This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

What are the benefits of gum graft surgery?

A gum graft can reduce further 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.   Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or aesthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

We have a periodontal surgeon on-site who performs all gum procedures.  

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Laser Treatment for Gum Disease
from Perio.org
American Academy of Periodontology


Limited research suggests that the use of lasers as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) may improve the effectiveness of this procedure.   SRP is a non-surgical therapy used to treat periodontal diseases.   In addition, when the lasers are used properly during periodontal therapy there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient during surgery.

 Does the research on lasers support their use in periodontics at this time?

At this time, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that any specific laser wavelength is superior to the traditional treatment methods of the common periodontal diseases, such as periodontitis.

Can I trust the claims in an ad for periodontal therapy performed with a laser?

It is important to beware of advertising that sounds too good to be true because it very well may be. A dental professional can help you separate fact from hype.

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