Periodontal therapy treatments are performed to restore the tissues that support teeth (gums and bones) and prevent tooth loss. Among these methods are scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning is the best way to control gum disease.
Understanding What Periodontists Do
During their specialized training in periodontal disease treatment that lasts up to three years, periodontists undergo both non-surgical and surgical procedures. They are among dentistry's leading authorities in treating periodontal disease. Additionally, periodontists are specialists in dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth.
Various Periodontal Procedures
These surgical and non-surgical periodontal procedures include:
Periodontal Laser Treatment
When treating diseased gum tissue with lasers, more minor discomfort and gum shrinkage could occur compared to conventional surgery.
Occasionally, it is necessary to replace lost gum tissue so that tooth roots receive adequate protection. This can be accomplished by transferring healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth to another or by using donor tissue processed in a laboratory. Gum grafting refers to this process.
Root Planing and Scaling
Plaque and tartar are removed using hand scalers and ultrasonic instruments from underneath gum tissues as the first step toward preventing gum disease.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery is any reshaping procedure that creates a more pleasing appearance of gum tissues by creating new, reshaped tissue.
An implant is a titanium post implanted under the gum line and into the jawbone and is the preferred method for tooth replacement today. A realistic-looking dental crown is then fitted over the implant, providing a natural-looking appearance that can be difficult to tell from a natural tooth.
Surgery to Lengthen the Crown
Surgically removing gum tissue and bone tissue over the tooth structure can be necessary for cosmetic reasons (to make your smile less gummy) or assist in placing a new dental crown.
How You Can Maintain Periodontal Health
It is crucial not to scrub your gums, as that will actually cause them to recede, especially since dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease. Effective brushing and flossing are the best ways to eliminate dental plaque every day. A toothbrush and floss cannot reach every part of the mouth, which is why it's so important to see the dentist regularly for professional cleanings. In addition to detecting early signs of gum disease, your regular dental exam is also a good opportunity to identify them before they become obvious.
Tod Anderson DDS, Los Gatos, CA, offers expert periodontal therapy that can help you restore your healthy gums. For more details and appointments, call us at (408) 540-7813, book online, or visit us at 14475 S Bascom Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95032.