Periodontal disease can destroy the gum and bone tissue around your teeth. Symptoms can include receding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and bleeding or sore gums. Left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and has been linked to heart disease.
Scaling and root planing
Deep cleaning above the gumline can help prevent and treat the buildup of infection-causing bacteria. Scaling helps remove tartar buildup, and root planning removes rough areas from the roots of your teeth that make form a home for bacteria.
Infection and decay can result in a tooth needing to be extracted to preserve the surrounding teeth and tissues. When extracting a tooth, we take care to minimize damage to your jaws and gums and we provide post-extraction care, including replacement options.
Ridge socket preservation
When a tooth has been extracted the resulting socket in your jawbone can collapse and cause possible bone loss. To prevent this, we preserve the socket by filling it with biocompatible material.
If you’ve been missing teeth for some time you may have suffered gradual bone loss in your jaws. We can partially reverse this loss by augmenting the area with bone grafts, restoring the appearance and shape of your gumline.
Bone grafts are used to repair and restore areas where you’ve lost bone tissue. Donor bone tissue is grafted onto the area. Over time the donor tissue is absorbed by your body and the area is strengthened.
Gum grafting is used to repair damaged gums or to make cosmetic enhancements to your smile. Grafts are taken from within your mouth or from donor tissue and placed on the area to be restored.
Pocket depth reduction
The gums around your teeth can form small “pockets” by pulling away from the roots of your teeth. The pockets can create a home for harmful bacteria if they become too deep. To keep this from happening we reduce the depth of the pockets.
Flap procedures are any surgical procedure where we need to reach tissue beneath your gums. To do this we make incisions to open a small “flap” of gum tissue. We close the flap with sutures after the procedure.
A frenum is a piece of connective tissue within your mouth. There is one between your upper lip and the gums underneath that you can feel with your tongue. Sometimes we are born with a frenum that is too short and it can cause discomfort. A frenectomy is the procedure we use to remedy this by removing or altering the frenum.
Crown lengthening is when we remove gum tissue from around the base of a tooth. We use this procedure to make a tooth appear longer, or to remove gum tissue that may interfere with the placement of a crown.
Call us today if you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease or to book a periodontics appointment.