Treatment Methods

Our periodontal practice provides a variety of surgical services for the treatment of periodontal issues.  We pride ourselves on the fact that we are very conservative in our treatment recommendations and limit surgery to the areas where it is absolutely necessary.

Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy.  Even in severe cases, non-surgical periodontal therapy often precedes surgical therapy.  This is done to improve the overall tissue quality prior to surgery and also to help limit the areas requiring surgery.

We provide the following services:

  • Prophylaxis
  • Bruxism Treatments
  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Bite Adjustment
  • Osseous Surgery
  • Gum Grafting
  • Frenectomy
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Bone Grafting
  • Guided Bone and Tissue Regeneration
  • Dental Implants
  • Sinus Augmentation
  • Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
  • Oral Cancer Exam

Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.  Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.  The benefits include:

  • Plaque removal:  Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems.  Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets.  The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildups.
  • A healthier looking smile:  Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath:  Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease.  A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath.  The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office or by your general hygienist.  It may be beneficial to have your regular cleanings done by our periodontal hygienist who is more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease.  We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers.  It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but regular prophylaxis is one of the tools a dentist and hygienist can use to effectively halt its progress.