What Is Periodontics?
Periodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on the support structures for the teeth, especially the periodontal (gum) tissue. When oral health issues threaten the gum tissue, bone, and ligaments, the teeth lack adequate support and may be lost. Periodontics involves diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as gum disease to restore your dental and oral health.
Benefits of Periodontics
There are many benefits of periodontal treatment:
- Improved oral health. Periodontics improves the health of the soft tissues of your mouth that support your teeth, preventing painful, swollen gums from gum disease.
- Preserve your natural teeth. By treating and preventing gum disease, you can keep all or most of your natural teeth.
- Save money. When your natural teeth are well supported they can remain in place, allowing you to avoid costly prosthetic replacements.
- Healthier looking smile. Your smile will look better when your gums are healthy and your teeth are securely supported.
- Fresher breath. Treating and preventing gum disease freshens your breath by regulating bacteria populations in your mouth.
We offer the following periodontal treatments and procedures:
Scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of removing hardened plaque (calculus) from the teeth as well as the roots under the gumline. Root planing is the process of smoothing the surface of the roots so that the gum tissue can form a tighter bond without spaces for plaque to gather. The procedures are typically performed in tandem.
Periodontal splinting is done to stabilize teeth that have become loose as a result of bone loss due to periodontal disease. The doctor will determine if periodontal splints are needed, as sometimes careful management of the periodontal disease causes the teeth to become more stable. Periodontal splints may use stabilizing wire or ribbon, composite resin, crowns, inlays/onlays, and/or veneers to accomplish the goal of stabilizing the teeth.
Osseous surgery. Osseous surgery is a procedure that can treat and prevent gum disease. It involves reshaping the bone of the jaw to reduce places for bacteria to gather.
CHAO Pinhole Technique. The gum tissue can gradually recede (pull away from) the teeth over time due to the effects of gum disease or aging. The CHAO Pinhole Technique is a method for regenerating lost gum tissue. A small hole the size of a pin is made in the existing gum tissue and collagen material is placed inside. This helps to stretch the gum tissue and promote growth of new gum tissue for an improved appearance and better support for your teeth.
Gingival grafting procedure. Also known as gum grafting, this procedure involves taking soft tissue from another place in the mouth and applying to the teeth where the gum tissue has receded.
Laser periodontal therapy. Gum disease can be treated with laser therapy for a less invasive procedure and faster recovery.
Gingival recontouring. When there is excess gum tissue covering the teeth, gingival recontouring is a method for reshaping and reducing the gum tissue for improved dental health and appearance.
Frenectomy. Tongue or lip tie occurs when the connective tissue between the tongue and the floor of the mouth and between the lips and gums is too tight. This causes restricted movement of the tongue and lips that can interfere with breastfeeding for infants and speech later in life. A frenectomy is the procedure used to surgically loosen the tissue.