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 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:
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.
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