Comprehensive oral examination that includes periodontal probings, x-rays,and oral cancer screening.
ROOT PLANING & SCALING:
A careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Performed with anesthetic.
POCKET REDUCTION PROCEDURE (FLAP & OSSEOUS):
The gum tissue is reflected back and tissue containing the disease-causing bacteria is removed before securing the tissue into place. Irregular surfaces of the damaged bone is smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.
REGENERATIVE PROCEDURES (BONE GRAFTS & MEMBRANES):
The gum tissue is reflected back and tissue containing the disease-causing bacteria is removed. Bone grafts or a combination of bone and a membrane can be placed to encourage your body’s own natural ability to regenerate bone and soft tissue.
CROWN LENGTHENING PROCEDURES:
To help improve a “gummy” smile. Excess gum and tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. It can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose more of a natural, broad smile.
If a tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, like a crown or bridge. This procedure adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
SOFT TISSUE GRAFTS:
Can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. Gum tissue is taken from your palate to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and to toughen the tissue, reduce sensitivity, and protect the bone around the tooth.
Implants are an artificial tooth root that is placed in your bone to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or provide support for a denture. The gum tissue is reflected back and a sequence of drills are used to create the correct size opening in the bone to place the implant and left to heal.
A biopsy is an evaluation and removal of abnormal gum tissues. It is evaluated by an oral pathologist for a diagnosis.
Treatment, if needed, is prescribed bending the biopsy report.
An occlusal adjustment is done to relieve the pressure applied to your teeth when you bite. A small amount of tooth structure may be removed from your teeth in order to balance your bite.
PERIODONTAL CLEANING APPOINTMENTS (MAINTENANCE):
Consists of an exam of your teeth and gums, oral cancer screening, cleaning, assessment of home care, exploring and scaling of the gum crevices, checking your bite, maintaining current x-rays, and the placement of fluoride as needed.
Common Treatment of Impacted Cuspids:
This is used in cases where the eye teeth (cuspids) will not erupt spontaneously. The gum tissue is reflected back, and an orthodontic bracket with a chain is placed on the tooth. Then the Orthodontist moves the tooth into position.
Supra Crestal Fibrotomy:
Your teeth are attached to the gums with tiny elastic-like fibers which can become stretched as the teeth are straightened.
Detaching these fiber allows them to heal in a “new position” preventing the teeth from being pulled back to their original position.