Periodontal Therapy

Gum Health – Overall Health

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Aging does not necessary mean that you will lose your teeth.  Esthetic Family Dentistry can help you keep your teeth for life if you maintain good oral hygiene, have professional cleanings as recommended, and oral examinations by one of our providers.  Not only do you have to care for your teeth, but also the surrounding structures… the gums and bones that support your teeth. (Periodontal) Gum disease, otherwise known as a bacterial infection, can threaten the tissues supporting your teeth. Our Hygienists are trained and on the lookout for early signs of gum disease that patients may not notice or are in places that are harder for a toothbrush or floss to reach.  Periodontal therapy may be recommended when signs become apparent to your provider.

Periodontal therapy comes in various forms and the goal at Esthetic Family Dentistry is always to restore diseased tissues to optimal health.  When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, meaning there is inflammation around the tooth.  In periodontitis, gums will pull away from the teeth and form spaces, called pockets that become infected.  If not treated, the gums, bones, and tissue that support the teeth are broken down and may cause tooth loss in extreme cases.  We have effective therapies to combat this, ranging from scalings (deep cleanings) that remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum line, to surgery to repair loss of gum and bone tissue.

Periodontal Therapy Procedures

Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques to restore health to the tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss. They include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing. These deep-cleaning techniques are the best starting point to control gum disease. Plaque and calculus (tartar) are removed from beneath the gum tissues, using hand scalers and/or ultrasonic instruments.
  • Gum Grafting. Sometimes it’s necessary to replace areas of lost gum tissue so that tooth roots are adequately protected. This can be accomplished by taking healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth and moving it to where it is needed, or by using laboratory-processed donor tissue.
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery. When used to describe surgery, the word “plastic” refers to any reshaping procedure that creates a more pleasing appearance of the gum tissues.
  • Periodontal Laser Treatment. Removing diseased gum tissue with lasers can offer significant advantages over conventional surgery, such as less discomfort and gum shrinkage.
  • Crown Lengthening Surgery. This is a surgical procedure in which tooth structure that is covered by gum and bone tissue may need to be exposed either for cosmetic reasons (too make the teeth look longer and the smile less gummy) or to aid in securing a new dental crown.
  • Dental Implants. Today’s preferred method of tooth replacement is a dental implant, which is placed beneath the gum line and into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant is then attached to a realistic-looking dental crown that is visible above the gum line and indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

LANAP Therapy

LANAP Therpay is an FDA approved procedure designed to create a less painful and more effective treatment for traditional gum surgery. A better alternative for our patients at Esthetic Family Dentistry.

LANAP and laser assisted regeneration has been proven encourage new bone growth and gum tissue re-attachment. A true alternative to scalpels that is non-invasive compared to traditional surgery for your gums.

This type of surgery also has better long term results including bone regeneration and less tooth loss over the long term.

Download  our PDF: Post-LANAP-Diet-Instructions

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