There are many approaches to treating gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). We will work with you and your primary dentist to create a plan that addresses your specific needs.
Scaling and Root Planing
This procedure deep cleans the root surfaces of the teeth and between the gums. Your doctor may use local anesthetic the make the procedure comfortable. Most patients will need to follow up with periodontal maintenance appointments regularly.
A gingivectomy is performed to restore healthy gum tissue and reshape the gumline.
If excess gum tissue is present on one or more teeth, your periodontist may recommend a crown lengthening procedure. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done for restorative or cosmetic reasons, and has the result of increasing the amount of exposed tooth structure.
Also called “pocket reduction,” osseous surgery may be recommended for patients with advanced periodontal disease. During this procedure, your periodontist will clean the tissue around the tooth and reshape the bone and gum tissue to create a closer fit to the tooth. There may be a need to place additional bone material to create the necessary support for the teeth.
Gum Tissue Grafting
Grafting is a procedure that addresses gum recession by adding tissue to the existing gums. Gum graft surgery can also improve the look of your smile by creating a more uniform gumline to frame your teeth.
Dental implants are a common solution to replace a tooth that has been lost due to injury or disease. To have the implant placed successfully the bone of the dental ridge must be strong and secure. If your doctor determines there is a lack of suitable bone to support an implant, a bone graft surgery may be necessary.
Bone Regeneration Therapy
Bone regeneration therapy is performed when bone loss is caused by periodontal disease. This procedure can help strengthen the bone and supports healing of the gum tissue.
Your dentist may recommend having a tooth, or teeth, removed due to disease, injury, or crowding. During the extraction procedure, the area will be completely numbed, and the tooth will be removed. An implant or another replacement option may be recommended for the site.
An oral biopsy may be needed when abnormal gum tissue is present. A sample of the gum tissue is extracted and sent to a lab for analysis. Your doctor will review the result with you, and discuss whether or not additional treatment is needed.
Having a beautiful, healthy smile can boost confidence and help you feel more comfortable in social situations. Whether you want to completely redesign your smile or just make a few small adjustments, we can help. We work with you to design a natural-looking, customized smile that projects the look you want.
We can address several cosmetic concerns including:
- Improving the appearance of teeth
- Replacing missing teeth
- Treatment of gum recession
- Correcting a “gummy” smile
- Augmentation of jawbone
To find out how smile design can brighten your smile, schedule a consultation.
Acelerated Osteogenic Orthodintics, or AOO™, is a procedure that coordinates with your orthodontic treatment to help teeth move up to four times faster than with traditional braces.