The most effective way to treat severe periodontal disease is to reduce the pocket depths around teeth through the removal of diseased gum tissue and re-contouring of the underlying support around the teeth.
Sometimes, the bone and connective tissue can be regenerated around teeth through the use of bone grafting techniques and various protective membranes. These procedures are done simultaneously with osseous/pocket reduction.
Soft Tissue Grafting can be done to increase the thickness of protective gum tissue around the tooth and also to cover exposed roots that are more susceptible to sensitivity and cavities. Soft tissue grafting not only improves the look and feel of the gums around teeth, but also prevents future root decay and tooth loss.
If patients have periodontal disease that is too severe or have teeth that have non-restorable cavities, extractions may be necessary. Oftentimes bone grafting is done at the time of extraction to prepare the site for future implant placement.
Dental implants can be used to replace one or multiple teeth to provide excellent chewing functionality and cosmetics. They look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime!
A patient must have an adequate volume of bone in order to safely and successfully place a dental implant. If a patient is missing bone in either the horizontal or vertical dimension, bone grafts and sinus augmentations can be done in order to rebuild missing bone.
If a cavity extends beyond the gum line or if there is not enough tooth structure to hold onto a crown securely, crown lengthening can be done to provide a more stable and durable foundation for the crown.
In some patients taking certain medications, or in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment, there is an overgrowth of gums around the teeth. These overgrown gums are not only a cosmetic concern, but can make hygiene difficult and promote progression of periodontal disease.
In some patients, an aberrant frenum pull may contribute to recession and/or spaces between teeth. Relieving or removing this frenum pull may be necessary.
May enhance the bone volume around teeth and also allow for faster orthodontic treatment.