Periodontics at The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill
Here at The Dental Office At Chestnut Hill, we understand that your life is busy and going from office to office can be too time-consuming. That’s why we believe that we should be able to offer you as many of our dental services as possible in one place. The Dental Office At Chestnut Hill can care for all your dental needs, including Periodontal Treatments.
Our Periodontal Treatments Include:
Periodontal disease: When you suffer from infected gums, most often known as gum disease, it can cause significant problems for your mouth and teeth. It’s crucial to have this condition treated as soon as possible. We generally do this through non-surgical methods.
Cosmetic gum contouring: A special treatment we offer is cosmetic gum contouring, also known as a gingivectomy. Gum contouring is most commonly requested by patients with excessive gum tissue, giving them a gummy smile.
Regenerative Bone Procedures: Gum disease is a severe and progressive condition that can lead to tooth and bone loss if left untreated. It occurs when an infection in the gum pockets causes the bone and soft tissues to recede away from the teeth. To stop the progression of this disease and save the teeth, prompt diagnosis and effective regenerative procedures are necessary.
Several regenerative dental procedures can restore health to the gums, bones, and teeth, including:
- ■ Bone Regeneration: Dental implants and other restorative dental procedures rely on a strong and thick jawbone. When periodontal disease has damaged the jawbone, natural bone regeneration or bone grafting can promote growth and thicken the jawbone. Learn more here. Bone grafting material is typically obtained from elsewhere on the body or a bone bank. It is tightly packed into an opening made in the jawbone. A membrane is used to maintain the shape of the new bone, and tissue-stimulating proteins and platelet-rich growth factors may be applied to promote faster healing.
- ■ Gum Tissue Regeneration: Gum tissue regeneration is performed through gum grafting. When gum tissue has been lost due to gum disease, a gum graft aims to re-contour the gum line, cover exposed tooth roots, and restore gum health. A small strip of tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth. It is placed in the middle of a split-thickness incision at the recipient site. The surgical site is covered with a protective membrane and sutured closed.
- ■ Pocket Reduction Surgery: This procedure aims to reduce the gum pockets’ depth, making it harder for bacteria to invade the gum tissue. The gum tissue is pulled back away from the teeth, and the subgingival area is thoroughly cleaned under local anesthesia. The surgical site is then sutured closed, and an antimicrobial agent is applied to kill any bacteria remaining in the area. Click here to learn more.
- ■ Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling refers to removing plaque and tartar from the supragingival region (above the gum line). Root planing, performed in the subgingival area (below the gum line), involves smoothing down the tooth root to promote healing in the gum tissue. The tooth root planing provides a smooth area that prevents bacteria from recolonizing. Surgical measures may be required if these procedures do not completely eradicate the infection.
Get Your Periodontic Care at The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill
If you’re concerned about the health of your gums and teeth, don’t wait any longer to seek professional help. Periodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. A periodontist is a dental specialist who can provide you with the most advanced and effective treatments to help you maintain your oral health.
From scaling and root planing to gum tissue regeneration and pocket reduction surgery, periodontics offers a wide range of procedures to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Please don’t wait any longer to schedule an appointment with us at The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill. Call today and take the first step towards a healthier mouth.