Types of Periodontal Therapy
We provide a range of services to help improve and maintain your gum health. Often we can halt and reverse gum disease without surgery. If disease has progressed, surgical options can also help. We work closely with your general dentist, keeping him or her informed of your treatment with us.
Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy
- Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) — Reduces inflammation and bacterial debris below the gumline. This provides a smooth, clean surface to which the gum can reattach, reducing pocket depth.
- Delivery of localized antibiotics below the gumline
- Regular maintenance cleanings
- Diagnosis of oral lesions and soft tissue biopsy
- Occlusal (bite) adjustment
- Periodontal appliances (biteguards or nightguards)
Surgical Periodontal Therapy
- Pocket reduction surgery – reduces the space between the tooth and the gum when deep cleaning is not enough
- Bone graft surgery – done in preparation of implants
- Surgery to regenerate hard and soft tissue
- Gingival grafting (soft tissue grafts)
- Ridge augmentation (build-up hard or soft tissue) – fills indentations left by missing teeth to restore the natural contour of the jawbone
- Crown lengthening – the recontouring of gum tissue to provide more tooth surface. Can be functional, in preparation of crown placement or other restorative dentistry, or cosmetic, to reduce a “gummy” smile.
- Comprehensive treatment planning – We work closely with your general dentist and other specialists to provide well coordinated care when your dental needs are complex.