Advanced Gum Disease Diagnostics
How do you know if you have gum disease and is it affecting your total health? Once gum disease starts it does not usually reverse itself without specialized care. Our office uses the latest, most up-to-date thorough diagnostic tools available. It starts with a simple “BANA” test to check for the presence of dangerous bacteria. We then perform a detailed periodontal screening to check for pocket depth, bleeding, signs of infection, tooth mobility, and bone loss. Depending upon findings, additional tests may be recommended to determine the specific identity of the bacteria responsible for your disease, whether you have a genetic susceptibility to the disease, and/or if your disease has spread throughout your body.
Restoring Your Gum Health
Our Hygienist is trained to check for problems in each area using advanced tools. Some patients with periodontal issues can receive specialized treatment. Treatments such as scaling and root planning, antibiotic irrigation, and/or laser therapy are tools for treatment and prevention for our patients. Our Doctors can also be involved to see if there are any additional therapies or treatment that can be used to help patients dealing with gum disease. Each recommendation is discussed between crucial team members to give our patients the highest quality of treatment.
Even after effective treatment of oral infection, bacteria can begin to re-colonize and within days can begin attacking healthy gums. That is why vigilance in home preventive care is crucial to long-term oral health and safeguarding systemic health. Special hygiene products such as an improved electric toothbrush, an oral irrigator, anti-microbial rinse and tooth paste, as well as nutritional supplements can help control the bacteria in the mouth and aid the body’s natural immune defense system to heal from within. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to control disease-causing bacteria and plaque in the mouth, and a healthy immune system to fight infection within the body. Our improved home care system is based on research and has been proven highly successful…if you do your part at home every day.
Gum Grafting is an excellent option to consider for areas where your gums have receded and the yellow-brownish colored root becomes exposed. Typically aggressive tooth brushing and periodontal disease cause your gums to recede. Often times, exposure of the tooth root from gum recession will cause your teeth to become sensitive, particularly to air and hot/cold liquids and foods. Exposed roots also results in an unattractive smile and also increased chance for cavities to form in these areas. Traditional gum grafting consists of obtaining gums from the palate (roof of your mouth) and then transferring this to the areas of recession. Another alternative that we offer is AlloDerm RTM, which forgoes the need to remove gums from your palate and instead utilizes donated tissue to cover the areas of concern.
Gum Contouring reshapes irregular and uneven gum shapes. Often times, one tooth appears longer or shorter in your smile due to the gums resting too low or too high on your teeth. Having your gums reshaped can drastically improve the appearance of your smile. Prior to initiating treatment, our dentists will take photographs and molds of your jaw to demonstrate how the gums will be reshaped and balanced. This allows our patients’ to visualize how much gum will be removed and how the gum line will be reshaped. Our practice offers both traditional scalpel-assisted and new laser-assisted methods to give the best long-term results.
Crown Lengthening/Gummy Smile
Crown Lengthening improves “gummy smiles” and short looking teeth. During this procedure, the extra gum and bone tissue is reshaped and contoured to show more of your natural teeth, giving you a fuller and broader smile. Often times, crown lengthening is also needed for functional and mechanical reasons to make a dental procedure possible. If a tooth has a large cavity or is broken below the gums, there may not be enough tooth structure for the planned restoration. In these instances, crown lengthening will reshape the surrounding gums and bones to give enough tooth structure for a beautiful, healthy and long-lasting restoration.