Periodontics is a branch of dentistry focusing on the tissues and structures surrounding teeth. Gulf Coast Dental Center offers a variety of periodontal services, right here in our office.
Periodontal disease treatment
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the gingival tissues. In the earliest stages, it can be cured with no lasting damage. As the condition progresses, it begins destroying gum and bone tissues. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to many serious systemic health concerns, including stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. The best treatment depends on your health, preferences, and the severity of the infection. Some of the most common include:
- Scaling and planing – This is essentially deep cleaning. Specialized tools are used to gently loosen and remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar below the gumline.
- Pocket Reduction – Advanced periodontitis creates pockets around the teeth, which exacerbate the condition because they are virtually impossible to clean. In this procedure, diseased tissues are removed, and the pocket depth is surgically reduced.
- Canine Exposure – An impacted tooth does not have room to erupt fully. When this occurs with a wisdom tooth, extraction may be the best solution. However, an impacted canine tooth needs to be exposed and guided, so it can develop properly. These teeth are important cosmetically and functionally.
- Crown Lengthening – When there is extensive decay near and under the gumline, restoration may be impossible without a crown lengthening procedure. This gentle surgery reduces the gumline, making the tooth crown appear longer, and giving your dentist access to the cavity.
- Gum contouring – This cosmetic periodontal surgery is used to sculpt the gumline, creating an attractive frame to showcase the teeth beautifully. It is a great option for patients with gummy smiles, or uneven gumlines.
- Frenectomy – Tissue that prevents movement of an organ is called a frenulum. The upper and lower lips each have a frenulum connecting them to the gums. If it is too thick or short, it can affect a person’s speech and tooth alignment. Additionally, a short frenulum under the tongue in infants can inhibit breast-feeding. When these tissues inhibit proper development or movement, a simple corrective surgery is necessary.
- Dental implants – The surgery for placing implants is delicate, but very straightforward and predictable. A tiny incision is made in the gum, and the tiny titanium device is implanted into the jawbone. Mini implants do not require an incision, because they are fine enough to pierce the gum tissue.
- Extractions – Removing a damaged or problematic tooth is one of the most common oral surgeries.
Other periodontal procedures
- Periodontal splinting – A loose tooth can be uncomfortable, painful, and inhibit proper chewing. In the past, there were few options beyond pulling the tooth. However, an increasingly popular procedure known as periodontal splinting supports loose teeth. A cosmetic composite material is used to join loose teeth into a single unit with greater stability.
- Occlusal adjustment – Jaw pain, headaches, poor chewing abilities, and more can result from malocclusion (teeth do not mesh properly). This may be caused by crowded, loose, shifting, or missing teeth. Bite adjustment is a gentle procedure that can correct the occlusion with minimal discomfort. A dental drill and an ultra-fine file are used to make precision adjustments.
If you need periodontal treatment, call (228) 863-6413
and schedule an appointment with Dr. Roy L Irons.
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