Family and Implant Dentistry offers periodontal procedures that treat gum disease and preserve the jaw bone and/or gum tissue to save teeth or allow for the placement of dental implants. Our team can also use periodontal treatments to enhance your smile by correcting problems such as uneven gum lines, receding gums, and indentations in the gums or jawbone.
Periodontal Maintenance Program
Home care is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but even excellent home care cannot prevent bacteria and plaque. If the plaque is not removed, it can harden, becoming calculus. We will recommend a periodontal maintenance program that is best for you based on how quickly you develop calculus and your past and current periodontal health. During your maintenance visits, we will perform an oral examination as well as a dental cleaning.
During an oral examination, a visual inspection can detect normal and abnormal structures of the entire mouth, head, and neck. Along with radiographs, an examination detects cavities, abnormalities in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession, and other abnormal findings within the mouth, head, and neck.
A dental cleaning, also known as oral prophylaxis, removes dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Crown lengthening is commonly used to expose more tooth structure, crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue and/or bone to expose more of a tooth’s structure.
AlloDerm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix has been widely used for over 10 years as a regenerative graft that provides collagen, structure, and proteins to help restore receding gum tissue or the health of tissue that has been damaged. AlloDerm® eliminates the need for the removal of donor tissue from the patient used in traditional gum grafting procedures.
- The quality of FDA-regulated donor tissue is consistent
- An unlimited amount of donor tissue is available
- Multiple areas can be treated during one visit
- Faster healing time with less discomfort
- Able to offer patients high-quality cosmetic results
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone is often affected over time. Patients without enough jaw bone mass are not candidates for dental implants. Bone grafting helps generate and rebuild bone and increase bone density. It is often performed to address defects in a patient’s jaw, reverse bone loss, or enhance existing bone, allowing for the proper support of dental implants or prostheses.
For bone grafting procedures, Dr. Hoffman may use a grafting material taken from the patient or another source. Synthetic material contains tissue-stimulating proteins that can encourage the body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.