Periodontal Services

all-on-4-teeth-in-a-day_thumb_thumb-jpgTeeth in a Day

Teeth-in-a-Day, or Immediate Load Dental Implants, are the newest innovation in dental implant technology.  In most dental implant cases, patients are required to have multiple office visits and must wait months before having a permanent implant placed.  With immediate load implants, patients can walk in and out of the doctors office with a full set of teeth!

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sinus_lift_thumb-jpgSinus Lift (Sinus Augmentation)

Often patients who have lost teeth in the upper jaw require a sinus lift in order to have dental implants placed.  This is because the bone in the area where teeth are missing naturally beings to shrink, or resorbs, over time.  As a result, the sinuses expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be.  With insufficient bone to securely place the dental implant, a sinus lift is necessary to move the sinus where…

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ridge_preservation_3_thumb-jpegRidge Preservation (Socket Preservation)

When one or more teeth are extracted from the mouth, soft tissue and bone can begin to collapse.  Without the tooth root to stimulate it, the surrounding jawbone will almost immediately begin to collapse and shrink.  If there is too much bone loss, it may be impossible to place dental implants and it may become more expensive, more invasive, more time consuming, and more uncomfortable to replace the lost bone.

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procedure_thumb-jpgRidge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation is a common procedure performed to help recreate the natural contour of the gums.  Often, after a tooth is removed, the bone in the jaw will begin to deteriorate and recede.  The height and width of the socket, which was supported by the tooth, will begin to shrink after the tooth is removed.  Many patients will eventually develop an indentation in the gums or jawbone where the tooth used to be.

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regenerationprocedures3_thumb-jpgGuided Tissue Bone Regeneration

Periodontal disease causes bone loss around teeth, which can increase the chances for tooth loss. Once a tooth has been lost, the supporting jaw bone will disappear over time. This can make wearing dentures uncomfortable. However, simple techniques are now available to regrow lost bone, provide support for dental implants, or to improve esthetics beneath a fixed bridge.

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gingivectomy2_thumb_thumb_thumb-jpegGingivectomy

A gingivectomy is usually performed when a patient has severe periodontal disease that cannot be cured with scaling and root planing or other periodontal procedures.  Gingivectomies are performed to remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissue and to reduce the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums.

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pdm_preventive-dentistry-toothbrushesGum Grafting

Gum recession is one of the most noticeable results of periodontal disease (gum disease) and is the movement of the gum line down the root of a tooth.

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Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery, or flap surgery, is usually performed when a pocket around a tooth (or teeth) has not responded to other treatments.  The procedure is performed in order to create a clean environment around the tooth so that the tooth can be retained rather than lost.  Osseous surgery is generally tried only after other treatments have been explored and tried and usually is performed when the pocket depth has worsened over time.

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pretty-woman-brushing-teeth_thumb-jpgPeriodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance therapy is an ongoing program designed to prevent periodontal disease in in the gum tissue and bone.  Periodontal maintenance is usually necessary for patients who are susceptible to periodontal disease or who have been treated for gum disease.  Maintenance visits to the periodontist will help prevent additional dental problems in the future.  Treating the disease in its early stages saves…

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pdm_all-on-four-implantsAll-On-4 Implant Supported Dentures

The All-on-4 solution is designed for patients who have limited amount of bone and/or a limited budget.  All-on-4 is an alternative dental implant solution that maximizes the use of available bone for immediate use using just four implants!

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srp-2_thumb-jpgScaling and Root Planing

If plaque and tartar is left on the teeth, as we mentioned before, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria irritate the gums which can cause them to bleed more easily. You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth or eating, and your gums bleed a bit. This is the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis.

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before-and-after-web_thumb-jpgPeriodontal Plastic Surgery

Periodontal Plastic Surgery refers to cosmetic procedures performed on the gums to enhance the appearance and health of the smile. Those who feel that they have a “gummy” smile can greatly benefit from esthetic crown lengthening. This relatively simple procedure usually takes about an hour to perform and is essentially a “gum lift”.

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woman-eating-apple_thumb-jpgImplant-Supported Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than ever. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial…

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