Periodontics is a special field of dentistry that concerns the supporting structures of the teeth, most notably the gums and mouth bones. One of the most common oral health issues faced by people today is that of periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. This condition is characterized by infection and inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can spread to the jawbone and the connective tissue of the teeth, eventually resulting in tooth loss.
The best way to deal with periodontal disease is to receive treatment as soon as possible. The dental care experts at Cozy Family Dental offer special treatment methods that are designed to stop the spread of gum disease and repair the oral structures of the mouth. We also offer cosmetic procedures to restore the natural appearance of a patient’s teeth and gums following treatment.
Root Surface Debridement
Root surface debridement is one of the most effective non-surgical treatment methods for periodontal disease. The process involves a deep cleanse of the mouth that is designed to remove plaque, tartar and toxins that have built-up both above and below the gum line over time. The treatment focuses on just one quadrant of the mouth at a time in order to ensure a thorough cleaning. Once the unwanted build-ups have been completely removed, future build-ups are prevented by smoothing out rough spots located on the surfaces of the roots. Overall, the procedure is considered to be highly effective in defeating gum disease and preventing tooth loss from occurring.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Dental crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure in which excess gum and bone tissue is removed or reshaped to expose more of a person’s natural tooth. The purpose of this treatment is to eliminate a “gummy” smile, which is often caused by inflamed gums from periodontal disease. In other cases, a dental health expert may conduct dental crown lengthening in order to access teeth that have become damaged or decayed below the gum line so that they can be restored.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
In certain cases of lost or severely damaged teeth, a dental care specialist may recommend a prosthetic dental implant; however, it might be determined that the patient’s jawbone is too thin or soft to keep the implant properly in place. In these situations, the best solution is often to undergo a bone grafting procedure. In most modern bone grafting procedures, a special artificial bone material is grafted onto the jawbone so that it can properly support a dental implant. From there, the patient will be able to receive a dental implant as normal. In some cases, the patient must wait a few months for the jawbone to heal before the implant procedure can take place.
If you wish to learn more about gum disease and how to prevent tooth loss, please contact our office to arrange for a consultation with one of our trusted oral care specialists. Call us at (973) 556-7266 to schedule an appointment.