Periodontics is a specialty within the dental field that focuses on the supportive structures of the teeth, most notably, the gums. This practice area also encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and infections, such as gum disease.
Our specialists in Winterville, NC have the expertise and skills necessary to manage these conditions and identity abnormalities pertaining to the health of your oral structures. To find out more about how our periodontal treatments can impact your next visit, call today!
Crown lengthening is a procedure that doesn’t actually change the length of your teeth but creates the illusion of a longer tooth. This is achieved through gum contouring.
We use our Waterlase laser to shape the way the gums frame your teeth. This allows us to lower the gum line, exposing more of the tooth. This may be helpful in cosmetic procedures, as well as creating space for a damaged tooth to be adequately fitted with a restorative crown.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a procedure used to treat periodontitis. This advanced stage of gum disease is detrimental to the health of your teeth and your gums. As the condition spreads below the gum line, it can no longer be controlled with routine brushing and flossing.
Scaling and root planing is performed by a deep cleaning performed below the gum line.
- Our dental experts use tools to scrape away the accumulation of plaque and tartar that has formed in pockets under the gums.
- We are then able to smooth out the bone along with the roots of the teeth, eliminating pits and craters presenting space for bacteria to thrive.
- This gives the gums an opportunity to reattach to the tooth root, preventing the worsening of the disease.
A frenectomy is a procedure that is most often performed on children that are experiencing sufficient difficulty with eating or speaking. It may also be performed as a part of orthodontic treatment.
The surgery involves the removal of the frenum; this is the piece of connective tissue that connects your tongue to your bottom jaw, and also connects your upper lip to the arch of your top teeth.
Surgery for this condition is relatively straightforward and usually takes a few days to heal and only a week for the wounds to close, allowing regular activities and a normal diet to resume. While recovering from a frenectomy, patients will need to follow the below instructions:
- Consume only soft foods in the days following the procedure.
- Avoid hot foods or beverages.
- Restrict excessive activity or exercise for at least 48 hours after the surgery.
- Gently clean your teeth after each meal by brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Gum grafting is performed by using synthetic gum tissue, or gum tissue harvested from another area of your mouth and applying it to areas of severe gum recession. Gum recession can occur for multiple reasons, including:
- Aggressive brushing
- Using abrasive teeth cleaning products
- Poor dental hygiene
- Gum disease
Gum recession is characterized by the lengthened appearance of teeth as the gum pulls away from the tooth. This leads to symptoms such as sensitivity and tooth mobility. A gum graft helps to treat this problem by suturing the gum tissue over the area of recession. Upon healing, the tissue is able to support the teeth, reduce sensitivity, and eliminate the possibility of tooth loss.
Osseous Surgery is a treatment method for gum disease. This surgery is performed to encourage the gums to reattach to the teeth and to reduce the pocket depth formed between the tooth and the gum tissue.
In this procedure, a section of gum tissue is cut away and pulled back, creating a flap that exposes the roots of the teeth. The roots are then cleaned and bacteria buildup is removed. The bone is additionally repaired by the use of bone grafting and resurfacing, eliminating the presence of any abrasions or crevices that could harbor bacteria. Once this is complete, the gums are sutured back into place to heal. With successful surgery, the depth of gum pockets between the teeth and gums can be minimized.
Your Oral Health Is Our Priority
At Beacon Dental, you will find a team of doctors dedicated to your dental needs. Gum disease is a relatively prevalent condition, affecting nearly 65 million people in the United States. Our team of experts is able to support you in maintaining healthy gums and strong oral tissues, contributing to a long life of great oral health.
You can achieve a healthy smile by maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and we can help! We invite you to call our office to schedule an appointment for you and your family!