Our focus is on monitoring and lessening periodontal disease
OUR PERIODONTAL SERVICES
There are many procedures that fall within the practice of periodontal dentistry. Here are detailed explanations for the services we perform.
An Implant is a titanium screw that takes the place of a root of a tooth. The most important factor in the placement of an implant is adequate bone. After the is surgically placed it needs to stay in the bone undisturbed for 3-4 months. During this time, bone will fuse to the Implant. It can then be restored by your Dentist.
The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint in front our ears that connects our lower jaw to the skull. It can become painful at times from grinding or clenching. You may experience clicking or popping in the joint. Waking with a headache can also be a symptom of TMJ disorder. It can be stress related. Treatment can be as simple as wearing a night guard. This removable appliance separates our teeth as we sleep. This oftentimes will help with the pain and clicking in the joint as well as headaches.
SOFT TISSUE GRAFTING
There are times when there is recession or exposed root on a tooth. This can be caused by genetics, over brushing or a frenum pull. A Soft Tissue Graft can prevent further recession. A small piece of gum is removed from the roof of the mouth and transplanted to the area lacking gum.
A Crown Lengthening Procedure is a surgery done in the dental office. Common causes for this are decay or a fracture of the tooth below the gum line. Under local anesthesia a flap is raised from the tooth. A slight amount of bone is removed to allow access to the decay. The gum is then repositioned to allow more tooth to be exposed above the gum line.
There are some class of drugs that can cause gum overgrowth. This can also happen genetically or from Orthodontic Treatment. This gum overgrowth can be unaesthetic and may cause difficultly in keeping your gums and teeth healthy.
Orthodontic treatment may be stopped until it is corrected. A Gingivectomy is done in office with local anesthesia. The gums are re-contoured to give a more normal appearance.
A Bone Graft is a surgical procedure that attempts to replace missing bone around a tooth. Bone loss occurs from Periodontal Disease, trauma or a fractured root.
Bone gafting is done to save a tooth or to build bone for the placement of an Implant.
A Ridge Augmentation is a surgical procedure used to build bone in the jaws where teeth are missing.
The procedure is similar to a Bone Graft but it is used to widen or increase the bone for the placement of Implants.
The upper jaw (Maxilla) is different from the lower jaw (Mandible). Around the molar areas of the Maxilla are our Maxillary Sinuses. A sinus is an air space.
Oftentimes bone is lacking in this area to place implants. A Sinus Lift Procedure is a surgery that places a bone graft into the sinus floor to give us more bone for the placement of dental Implants.
Molars have more than one root. It is possible to remove one root if it has failed. The tooth must have a prior root canal before attempting this procedure.
Surgically, the gum is flapped from the tooth and bone. The root is sectioned off from under the crown and extracted. The gum is then repositioned and sutured in place. This procedure enables you to save a tooth if only one root has a problem.
In most mouths, there is a small fiber if tissue between our front teeth on both the upper and lower jaws. This tissue is called a Frenum. A thick Frenum or a highly placed Frenum can cause the separation of our teeth.
A Frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that removes the Frenum from in between the teeth and it is reposition away from the teeth.
The main goal of a Periodontist is to help our patient save their teeth and have oral health. We check gum health by measuring pocket depths around teeth. Normal pockets are generally 2-3mm. If patients have deeper pockets (5-9mm) we will often recommend Osseous Surgery.
Surgery is done to reduce pocketing, clean root surfaces and reshape bone where indicated. This is done in the office with local anesthesia. Sutures are required.
There are times when a permanent tooth is impacted. This is most commonly the canine but other teeth can be affected as well. If the patient is undergoing Orthodontic Treatment this impacted tooth can be surgically exposed.
An orthodontic bracket with a gold chain is bonded to the tooth. The Orthodontist will then utilize the chain to gradually pull the tooth into position.
WE ACCEPT MOST DENTAL PPO PLANS
Discount plans and interest free credit are also available
ACCEPTED INSURANCE PLANS
*Care Credit is an interest free credit line for 12 month free financing that involve procedures over $250
Don’t see your dental plan here? Be sure to call us at (610) 277-5253 or (610) 356-3343, we constantly add plans. If you don’t have a dental plan, call and ask us about Care Credit, an interest free credit line.
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