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At Shoreline Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we specialize in a wide variety of procedures designed to maintain or improve your periodontal tissues. The periodontal (gum) tissues are an important part of your oral health. Our experience and expertise in periodontics allows us to provide high-quality treatments you cannot find anywhere else!
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
If we diagnose you with periodontal disease, you may need a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this procedure is designed to eliminate large deposits of plaque and tartar. After your deep cleaning, your gums should return to a healthy, pink state.
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Soft Tissue Grafting
Tissue grafting procedures can correct a number of gum problems such as recession, sensitivity, and thin or detached gums. During these procedures, a small space or pouch is created under the gum so that additional tissue can be added to thicken and reposition the existing gum tissue.
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Osseous Surgery is done when scaling and root planing alone is not adequate to control periodontal disease. The goal of this procedure is to achieve stable and healthy tissues by creating an environment that is easier to clean and maintain. Deep inflamed spaces between the teeth and gums, commonly called “pockets” are not stable or cleansable and are eliminated through this procedure. By ridding the tissues of inflammation, the destruction of supporting bone can be stopped and in some cases even reversed, preventing teeth from needing to be extracted.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
LANAP (Laser-assisted new-attachment procedure) is a minimally-invasive treatment that can be performed as an alternative to osseous surgery. LANAP works by eliminating inflammation and bacteria under the gumline, which allows the gum to heal naturally via the body’s natural mechanisms. This results in significant improvements in tissue health, pocket reduction, and in some cases, regeneration of bone that was previously lost due to periodontal disease.
Laser pocket decontamination is performed during scaling and root planing or periodontal maintenance procedures. This adjunctive procedure provides an additional anti-inflammatory effect by removing harmful bacteria from areas that are otherwise difficult to access.
Crown lengthening can be done in many cases to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. When there is inadequate healthy tooth structure to retain a filling or crown, this procedure can expose more of the tooth that was previously hidden under the gumline. Afterwards, the tissue will heal within a few days to a week, but it is recommended to wait for 6 at least weeks before having a final crown placed.
Uncovering Impacted Teeth
Often times, canine teeth become impacted because there is inadequate space for them to fit into the dental arch. In some cases, removing the primary tooth and creating space orthodontically will allow the permanent canine teeth to come into the correct position. However, in other cases, their path becomes obstructed and the teeth are unable to come in on their own. In these situations, surgery may be recommended to expose the impacted tooth and create a pathway so that it can come in.
Peri-implantitis is the breakdown of the tissues supporting a dental implant, caused by an inflammatory response to a bacterial biofilm on the implant surface. Left untreated, peri-implantitis can result in the failure and loss of a dental implant years after it has been successfully restored.
A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that involves the removal of the lingual or labial frenum. We may recommend a frenectomy to improve the mobility of your tongue and allow for proper speech (removal of lingual frenum). Removing the labial frenum may be necessary to close the gap between the two front teeth.
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If your dentist or hygienist identifies an area in the mouth where the appearance of the tissue has changed, a biopsy may be recommended in order to establish a cause for the change and rule out oral cancer. The area is removed, and the affected tissue is sent to an oral pathologist for histologic analysis. This will aid in establishing a definitive diagnosis and help determine if any follow up treatment is needed.
Some people are born with uneven gums or an excessive amount of gum tissue. This can create aesthetic issues with your smile. We may recommend gingival contouring to improve the balance between your teeth and gums, giving you a more beautiful smile!
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Periodontal disease is an infection that can spread to the innermost part of the tooth, resulting in significant pain and discomfort. We may recommend an extraction if the infection is so severe that the tooth is beyond repair. An extraction can stop the infection from spreading and endangering your surrounding teeth.
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