The Purpose of Periodontal
Periodontal Disease is an ongoing infection in the pockets around the
teeth. The deeper the pockets, the more infection you have and the more
serious the infection.
The purpose of Periodontal Treatement is to remove this infection and
give these pockets a chance to heal.
Upper Level Infection
Infectious material in the upper levels of teeth pockets can be removed
using specialized instruments. This procedure is called SCALING AND ROOT
PLANING. It is done under local anesthesia and is different from routine,
or "deep cleaning" which is traditionally done in a General Dentist's
Lower Level Infection
If your infection has gotten into the bone which supports your teeth,
and is below the level that can be reached with specialized instruments,
then a minor surgical procedure (OSSEOUS TREATMENT) must be done to pull
back the gum and remove the lower level of infectious material.
Longer teeth, exposed tooth roots, or an uneven gum line can look unsightly.
They can also increase your sensitivity to heat, cold or sweets. A Periodontist
can place a GUM GRAFT to correct this problem.
When getting a Crown, the General Dentist must prepare your tooth to
receive the Crown. Sometimes there is not enough tooth surface above
the gumline to accomplish this. A Periodontist can do CROWN LENGTHENING
to provide more tooth surface. This ensures a more stable Crown with
less gum irritation. Also, if you have a "gummy" smile or an uneven gum
line, CROWN LENGTHENING can make your teeth look longer and more even.
Dental Implants are covered in their own section. Click here to go there.
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