Cleaning and Prevention
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed at your initial periodontal visit. This exam consists of:
- Gum disease evaluation
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs)
- Oral cancer screening
- Examination for tooth decay
- Examination of existing restorations
We use the latest technology to take x-rays. Digital x-rays can be instantly viewed and reduce radiation compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Personal home care plays an important role in achieving your goals. We will help you to correctly use the various dental aids that are needed to control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
We work with the finest restorative dentists who can treat any restorative needs.
The current standard of care is to replace the ailing tooth with an implant instead of a fixed removable bridge. This is a less invasive procedure because it treats the one area of concern and leaves the adjacent teeth untouched.
TREATMENT OF RECEDING GUMS
Connective tissue grafts and free gingival grafts are two procedures used for treating gum recession and uneven gum lines.
Crown lengthening is a procedure where excess gum tissue and bone is reshaped in order to expose more natural tooth so that it can be properly restored.
Periodontal disease affects the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that causes deterioration of the periodontal tissues. Signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, bad breath or bad taste and spaces occurring between the teeth.
A periodontal probe is used to measure the depths of the pockets, bone loss and gingival recession. These readings and x-rays are used to make a diagnosis of the severity of your condition.
Depending on the type and severity of the disease we will recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment can range from deep scaling and root planing to antibiotic gel placement. Pockets which do not heal after scaling and root planing, may require periodontal surgery.
When your periodontal treatment has been completed, we will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year. At these appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy.