Should you have an advanced stage of gum disease (periodontitis), our periodontal specialists will consult with you, help you develop a treatment plan, and manage your case personally as the treatment progresses. Periodontists are trained to perform surgical procedures to correct gum problems that can’t be corrected via nonsurgical methods.
These treatments, some of which have cosmetic benefit and help you achieve a healthier smile, include:
- Crown lengthening: This procedure lengthens your tooth by eliminating excess gum tissue and bone. It is commonly applied to eliminate ‘gummy’ smiles or prepare your mouth for other restorative or cosmetic treatments.
- Pocket reduction: When gum disease sets in, tissue pockets form around your teeth, allowing bacteria to set in and destroy bone and gum tissue. To prevent damage that could result in tooth loss, we offer pocket reduction treatments to preserve the bone and tissue.
- Regenerative work: This treatment category helps to restore bone and tissue that have been damaged by bacterial invasion. After the all germs have been cleared away, these structures are regenerated using bone grafts or proteins that stimulate tissue growth.
- Soft tissue grafts: Receding gums expose the roots of your teeth, causing sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages. Soft tissue grafts cover these roots and regenerate tissue.
- Nonsurgical procedures: There are certain nonsurgical procedures that your periodontist can perform to deal with gum problems. They can smooth the root of an affected tooth to remove bacteria, a process known as root planning. Scaling, which is the removal of plaque and tartar from the root surfaces, helps prevent tooth loss due to large, infected tissue pockets. Additionally, your periodontist may treat your gums with antimicrobials to kill any residual bacteria.