Dental Services

A Periodontist is a key member of your dental healthcare team when dealing with supporting structures of your teeth and implants. The doctors have completed graduate specialty training in Periodontology and Implant Therapy. This training is a three year residency after the initial completion of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.  Periodontists’ treat and assist in the care of gum disease, bone loss, gum recession, tooth pain, tooth loss, replacement of teeth with dental implants and the growth of bone around roots or implants.  

Our services include:

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal or Gum Disease is the process of losing bone and gum that support the roots of your teeth. This can be caused by plaque, tartar and bacteria build-up around the teeth and under the gum tissue.  There are aggressive forms of Gum Disease that can occur in a very short period of time.  If Gum Disease is not managed properly you can lose your teeth.

Who can get Gum Disease?

All of us are susceptible to Gum Disease and it affects about 80% of the general population over the age of 35. 

How to check for Gum Disease?

A comprehensive periodontal examination is needed to check for the signs of Gum Disease.  This is completed by measuring the bone/gum attachment along the roots and x-rays to look at bone levels. To find out your options and potential need, an examination will be needed.  This will insure that you are well informed of options.

What are risks for Gum Disease to develop?

Primary factors that contribute to your risk of developing Gum Disease include; tobacco use, bacteria/plaque build-up, diabetes, poor or ill-fitting crowns/fillings, food impaction, immune conditions, shifts in hormone levels and trauma.

Why would my Dentist refer me to a Periodontist?

You would be referred to a Periodontist for evaluation of the Gum Disease because they serve as the specialist in dentistry that cares for your supporting structures of the teeth and dental implants.  They are best suited to address gum disease problems and treatment options.

 

 

Implant Dentistry

Dental Implant Video

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium screw or anchor that is placed into the bone of your jaw to replace missing or lost teeth. They are often placed where the roots of teeth used to be and allow for the connection of crowns/teeth to the top of the implant via a connecting piece, often called an abutment. 

What are the benefits?

Dental implants allow you to replace single or multiple teeth. This can improve esthetics, speech; prevent tooth drifting and overall chewing function.  Implants are also used to help hold or stabilize loose dentures.  Implants add support to your bite without adding stress to adjacent teeth.

How do I know if I am a candidate for implants?

To find out your options and potential need, a comprehensive periodontal examination will be needed.  This will insure that you are well informed of options and any necessary bone grafting prior to implants being placed. 

Why would my Dentist refer me to a Periodontist?

You would be referred to a Periodontist for evaluation of the gum, bone and teeth.  A Periodontist is the specialty in dentistry that cares for your supporting structures of the teeth and dental implants.  They have 3 years of rigorous surgical specialty training in dental implants and bone grafting procedures.  Periodontists are also often asked to evaluate ailing dental implants for possible repair.

Gum Tissue Grafting

What is Gum Tissue Grafting?

Soft tissue grafting surgical procedure is designed to treat areas of root exposure and gum loss.  This can include moving gum tissue from one location of your mouth to another.  The intention is to prevent further gum recession, cover sensitive, cavitated or exposed root surfaces, cover root surfaces that lack bone, or to improve overall tissue esthetics.  This procedure can be done around teeth or dental implants.

What causes gum recession?

Common causes of gum recession can include aggressive brushing habits, trauma, muscle attachments, gum disease, tobacco use and genetics.

What are the benefits of Gum Tissue Grafting?

The benefits can include stabilizing gum levels along teeth or implants, improved appearance or comfort to gums, and reduced tooth sensitivity.

How do I know if I am a candidate for grafting?

To find out your options and potential need for grafting, a comprehensive periodontal examination will be needed.  This will insure that you are well informed of options.

Why would my Dentist refer me to a Periodontist?

You would be referred to a Periodontist for evaluation of the gum recession or disease.  A Periodontist is the specialty in dentistry that cares for your supporting structures of the teeth.  They are best suited to address gum recession problems and options.

Tooth Extractions

There are times when it is in your best interest to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons, including: damage or trauma to the tooth; extensive gum disease; extensive tooth decay; or overcrowding. Learn more about Tooth Extractions.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting, a minor in-office surgical procedure, is commonly used in dentistry to correct deficiencies in bone quantity and to build support for teeth or dental implants. Learn more about Bone Grafting.

Treatment of Loose Teeth & Bite Problems

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of loose teeth, though placing too much stress on the teeth can aggravate the problem. Whatever the cause, loose teeth require immediate treatment. Learn more about Loose Teeth & Bite Problems.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

The gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth plays a big role in how appealing your smile will look. Excess gum tissue, gum recession, and an uneven gum line are all problems that can often be successfully treated surgically at the dental office. Learn more about Cosmetic Gum Surgery.