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 explained in depth by our periodontist, Dr. Karl Heinzelmann.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Dr. Heinzelmann uses tried-and-true, minimally invasive methods to address areas of moderate disease as well as preserve existing periodontal health. The conservative, non-surgical treatment he recommends most often is scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning involves carefully removing plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. Part of this process also includes smoothing tooth roots, ridding harmful bacteria from the area while reducing opportunities for recurrence.
Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Extractions and Osseous Grafts - After an extraction procedure, Dr. Heinzelmann performs osseous grafting in the surgical site to allow for proper healing, prevent bone loss in the area, and improve the success rate of dental implant placement.
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!