Periodontics focuses on the supporting structures that support your teeth including the gums and mouth bones. Gum disease occurs when an individual’s gums become swollen and irritated due toxins found in plaque. Untreated gum disease will progress and spread, and if allowed to reach the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, it can cause tooth loss.
At Quality Dental Care, we understand the seriousness of gum disease. We strongly urge anyone suffering from this condition to see us as soon as possible. You can count on us for a complete range of periodontal treatments to get your smile healthy again.
Quality Dental Care specializes in the following treatments:
Scaling and Root Planing
During this process, we will use a special hand-held instrument to clean the root surfaces of the teeth. In some cases, we may apply antimicrobial medications. The root surfaces will then be smoothed in order to minimize the possibility of recurrence. Typically, if the condition is treated early enough, the removal of dental plaque and hardened calculus from tooth surfaces that lie under the gums is enough to resolve a patient’s gum disease.
Dental Crown Lengthening
If you’re unhappy with your gummy smile, you may be a candidate for crown lengthening.The procedure can effectively reshape your gum and bone tissue around one or more of your teeth to make your gum line appear more even as well as making teeth appear longer.
Using local anesthesia for comfort, this procedure is the removal of a portion of the gum from in and around a tooth to treat gum disease. After diseased tissue is removed, the remaining gums are reattached using stitches and the area is cleaned.
Root Surface Debridement
During a root surface debridement, ultrasonic scalers are used to break down the hard calculus and scalers and curettes are used to do fine scaling. Any bacteria is then cleaned from the root surface.
Pocket reduction surgery is a common periodontal procedure which has been proven effective at eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation and saving teeth.
A sinus lift is recommended when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw for dental implants to be placed. Bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses on either side of the nose.
With good oral hygiene such as effective brushing and flossing coupled with regular professional teeth cleaning, most patients can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but when it does occur, contact the experts at Quality Dental Care in St. Johns. Schedule your appointment today by calling (904) 364-0333.