Periodontic

1. Overview
2. Arestin
3. Biopsy
4. Bone Grafting
5. Sinus Augmentation
6. Crown Lengthening
7. Frenectomy
8. Periodontal (Gum) Disease
9. Scaling & Root Planing
10. Occlusal Adjustment
11. Periodontal Splinting (Weak Teeth)


1. Overview

Did you know that the only reliable prevention for gum disease is regular cleaning?

Periodontal maintenance is a procedure designed to give your gums and teeth a deeper clean than brushing or flossing at home, removing tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth and eradicating the bacteria which can cause gum disease.


2. Arestin

Fighting infection right where it starts.

Did you know that gum disease, also known as “periodontitis”, or “periodontal disease”, is the number one cause of tooth loss among American adults? Or that recent studies have linked it with other health issues, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes?

Or that when it comes to protecting yourself from gum disease, brushing and flossing alone aren’t sufficient?

ARESTIN® (minocycline HCI) Microspheres are an effective antibiotic treatment for gum disease in powdered form. Placed inside of infected periodontal pockets just after scaling and root planing (SRP) procedures, they take bacteria out at the source.

ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) Microspheres, 1 mg is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after the dental professional finishes the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure.


3. Biopsy

A biopsy is simply taking a tissue sample and testing it to determine whether there are any abnormalities. If you have any lesions, tumors, or unexplained masses in your mouth they may need to be examined to determine whether further medical attention is necessary and/or if are cancerous.


4. Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a common procedure in which the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative device, usually using bone taken from another area of the mouth when the drilling takes place.


5. Sinus Augmentation

Loss of posterior teeth can often result in excessive force exerted on the remaining teeth. Fortunately, the use of dental implants and crowns allows you to replace these missing teeth.

Sinus augmentation is a simple procedure which allows the sinus floor to be re-positioned, creating enough space to properly place an implant. Afterward, grafting material is used to encourage your bone to regrow in the area, stabilizing the implant.

In certain conditions, an even easier procedure can be utilized. The bone remaining under the sinus floor is gently eased up, raising the floor of the sinus and allowing replacement materials to be placed under the affected area.


6. Crown Lengthening

Dentists are committed to saving teeth. This is why we fill a cavity, instead of pulling the tooth.

Cavities can cause teeth to decay to the point where restoration is almost impossible without a procedure called crown lengthening. This routine surgical procedure, which lowers the contour of the gum line, exposes more of the tooth and giving the dentist more room to affix a crown or other restoration.


7. Frenectomy

A frenulum is a fold of tissue that keeps an organ, or another part of the body, in place. In your mouth there are two frenulums connecting your upper and lower lips to the gums. In cases where the frenulum in some way disrupts the movement, growth, or development of your mouth, correct action is necessary to resolve the situation.

A frenectonomy is a minor surgical procedure that can be performed in your dentist’s office. Performed under general anesthesia for young children and infants and local anesthesia for adults, the operation can be performed with a scalpel or laser and takes under 15 minutes, and has an extremely high success rate involving minimal discomfort.


8. Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums which can cause serious damage to gum tissue and even the underlying bone.

It begins as plaque on the teeth which harden to form a tartar, creating an environment in which bacteria can thrive and multiply. These bacteria attack the soft tissue of the mouth, causing inflamed gums and bleeding in early stages, which is known as gingivitis, and tooth loss and jaw damage if allowed to progress to periodontal disease.


9. Scaling & Root Planing

The early stages of gum disease are easily treated by having a hygienist scale and polish the teeth, removing the tartar. If left untreated the teeth may require root planing; a procedure in which the root surfaces are scaled and smoothed, and the hard deposits (tartar) are removed from below the gumline.

As a non-surgical procedure, scaling and planing are often painless; however, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing are usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment to allow adequate healing time and reduce the length of sessions.


10. Occlusal Adjustment

Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws?

Do you feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite? Do you even wake up with jaw pain? If so, you may need an occlusal adjustment.

An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite, that is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. The result is an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth.

Occlusal adjustment is a procedure which corrects the alignment of the bite that is a result of loose, shifting, crowded or missing teeth. Using a dental drill with a fine filing stone, we scientifically reshape the occluding surfaces of the teeth to create an evenly distributed bite, correcting the alignment of the teeth and eliminating irregular pressure in the mouth.

The procedure is almost painless, and thanks to new technology we can now accurately identify the areas needing adjustments, allowing us to make only the adjustments that are absolutely necessary.


11. Periodontal Splinting (Weak Teeth)

Teeth become loose because of lost gum tissue, injury, orthodontic treatment, or pressure caused by tooth misalignment. Whatever the cause, there’s no denying that loose teeth are uncomfortable. The feeling of a tooth pulling away from the gum sends chills up your spine, and it can seem like it will take forever for the tooth to either become loose enough for extraction or strong enough to no longer be a problem.

Periodontal splinting is a new technique in which weak teeth are bound together, creating a single unit which is much stronger and more stable than the individual teeth. Most commonly performed on the front teeth, the procedure is as simple as using composite material to attach, or splint, the loose teeth to the adjoining stable teeth, and has recently gained popularity due to its effectiveness.