Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure to thoroughly clean the crowns of the teeth that are seen above the gum line as well as the root surface below the gum line. This is much more intensive than a routine cleaning. Generally, scaling and root planing is the first choice of treatment for patients with deep pockets. This procedure not only helps reduce pocket depths and inflammation but also facilitates oral hygiene procedures.
If you have been diagnosised with periodontal disease, your periodontist may recommend periodontal surgery because the attachment around your teeth has been destroyed by bacteria. There are a number of procedures that involve surgery of the gum tissue, Dr. Baker will discuss your individualized need and all treatment plan options.
A dental implant is an ideal option for anyone who has missing teeth. Dental Implants are posts that serve as an anchor for a tooth or teeth. The benefit of dental implants is that the replacement crown, bridge, or denture does not rely on other teeth for support while mantaining bone height and width. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.They are designed to look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Bone grafting procedures are used to regenerate lost bone due to destruction caused by bacteria and to enhance the apperance of your teeth where there are indentations from missing teeth.
Bone grafting may be indicated where dental implants are needed. Bone dimensions can collapse following extraction of tooth or teeth. This collapse can occur doing the first year if augmention procedures are not utilized.
Once periodontal treatment is completed maintenance begins. This treatment is crucial to your overall oral health and will increase the prognosis of your natural teeth or implants. Studies have shown this may be considered the most important aspect of peridontal treatment.
Dr. Baker and your dentist may recommend a more frequent regimen to ensure a healthy mouth than the usual 6 month dental cleaning.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure to reshape excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, several teeth or even the gum line to expose a natural,broad smile. Your teeth may actually be the correct size just coverd with too much gum tissue "gummy smile".
Crown lengthening may also be done to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible by adjusting gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is used to exposed roots in which esthetics are a concern, sensitivity is occuring or recession is progressing. Also used to protect against cavities or decay on the root surface, to reduce chronic inflammation, to thicken indentations where teeth are missing or to thin tissue over roots prior to orthodontic treatment.
We offer sedation options during therapy to remove anxiety and make you comfortable during treatment.