Periodontics dentistry services

Scaling and Root Planing

If you’ve developed signs of periodontal (gum) disease, regular cleaning may not be adequate. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is usually corrected with scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a nonsurgical procedure to help eliminate gum disease by removing built-up tartar and plaque from the below the gumline. With specific instruments, a scaling and root planing treatment cleans out the gum pockets, then smooths the surface of your teeth to avoid further buildup. If you’re worried about your gums, find out more about scaling and root planing at Beacon Dental Health.

Full Mouth Debridement

Full mouth debridement (FMD) is a nonsurgical procedure done to remove extensive plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and under gums. Talk to our Beacon Dental Health team to see if you are a candidate for FMD.

Periodontal Maintenance

Once periodontal issues are addressed and repaired, ongoing periodontal maintenance is encouraged to prevent future gum disease and ensure the health of the bone supporting your teeth. The Beacon Dental Health team will devise a maintenance program specifically for you.

Laser Therapy

In periodontal laser therapy, a laser is used to remove inflamed gum tissue from around the tooth’s root. Tartar and plaque buildup is then removed below and around the gumline. Lastly, teeth are smoothed out to remove any rough spots above and below the gumline, to mitigate the chance of future bacteria and infection.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a cosmetic periodontal procedure that can provide you with a beautiful and less gummy smile. During this procedure, gum tissue is reshaped to expose more tooth, providing dramatic cosmetic improvement.

Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery, which is also known as pocket reduction surgery, removes bacteria living in pockets the gums. Through this minimally invasive procedure, gums are cut back, bacteria is removed and bone is repaired.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting provides both cosmetic and medical benefits. Gum grafting is a solution for a receding gum line, or if you feel your smile has too much exposed tooth. Tissue from the roof of the mouth is placed over the receding gum line, which helps the appearance of your smile, prevents bacteria overgrowth and helps to prevent further gum and bone tissue loss.

Flap Surgery

Flap surgery is needed for those with severe gum disease where the issue cannot be controlled with root planning or antibiotics. Through this procedure, teeth roots are cleaned by pulling back sections of the gum. Damaged bone caused by gum disease can also be addressed during this procedure.

Sinus Lifts

Some dental implants patients have limited height in the upper jaw, or their sinuses are too close to the law line. In those cases, a sinus lift is a good option. During sinus lift surgery, the sinus membrane between the jaw and maxillary sinuses on either side of your nose is lifted to make room. Then bone is added to the upper jaw which will allow for dental implants.

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