What is Periodontal Therapy?
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Periodontal therapy consists of several methods, both surgical and non-surgical, to treat gingivitis (early gum disease) to advanced periodontitis (severe gum disease). Periodontics and Dental Implants of Roswell provides comprehensive, gentle, traditional gum disease therapy in Roswell, GA.
After a thorough diagnostic assessment, a customized treatment plan is developed to address your specific oral health issues. The recommended services, as well as the results you can expect, are clearly explained by our Roswell periodontist, Dr. Karl Heinzelmann.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Whenever possible, we prefer to implement the least invasive treatment. Our conservative, non-surgical treatment options include the following:
Scaling and Root-Planing - Scaling and root-planing is a deep cleaning that carefully removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. This also smooths the tooth root and rids the area of harmful bacteria that may be harbored there.
Tray Delivery Systems - While scaling and root planing in conjunction with improved home oral hygiene, may correct early gum disease, gingivitis that is beginning to progress to more advanced stages, may require medication to help heal the gum tissue.
A tray delivery system entails having impressions of your mouth obtained to create a custom tray delivery system for the prescribed medicine. Because they fit your smile snugly they are effective and comfortable.
Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Extractions and Osseous Grafts - After an extraction, our patients have the option of receiving osseous grafts to prevent the hole that is left in the jaw from causing bone loss reabsorption in the surrounding bone (reabsorption). When this happens, your chances of being a viable candidate for dental implants are reduced. Jawbone loss can also cause the sunken facial appearance of premature aging. An allograft (bone graft) is placed in the socket to prevent the collapse of the surrounding bone and allowed time to heal.
Periodontal Pocket Reduction - If you have pockets that are too deep to clean with regular home dental routine or scaling and root-planing, you may require this minor surgical treatment. During this procedure, Dr. Heinzelmann carefully folds back the gum tissue, removes the accumulated bacteria and debris, smooths the root, and then replaces the tissue.
Reducing pocket depth, in addition to a renewed commitment to proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, help prevent a recurrence and the risk of tooth loss.
Crown Lengthening - Sometimes, you may have too much gum tissue, leading to an uneven or high gum line and one or more teeth that appear too short. Dr. Heinzelmann can reshape excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of the natural tooth.
Crown lengthening can also be used to obtain access to damage that is just below the gum line and in preparation for a dental restoration.
Gum Graft Surgery - Gingival, or Gum grafts can be used to regenerate and replace tissue around tooth roots when gum disease has caused recession. During gum graft surgery, our Roswell periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root(s).
Our gum grafts are designed to reduce additional recession and bone loss.
Implant Site Preparation – Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is often necessary before, or at the time of dental implant placement. Dr. Heinzelmann is highly experienced in both the preparation for, and the placement of, dental implants in Roswell, GA.
During this minimally invasive surgery, defective tissue that has grown into the bone space is removed. The graft material is then placed and a membrane is positioned to cover the new bone tissue.
Once your gums have been restored, regular visits to monitor your condition and apply treatment when necessary are required to maintain your ideal oral health. In the case of bone grafts for dental implants, Dr. Heinzelmann will follow your progress closely.
Periodontics and Dental Implants of Roswell is proud to serve the needs of our patients with gum disease and are committed to restoring your oral health.
If you are in need of quality gum disease treatment in Roswell, please call our office today!