Non-Surgical Periodontal Services
The initial stage of treatment is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gumline. Oral antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that creates toxins and causes periodontitis.
Periodontal Surgical Services
When gum pockets do not resolve with non-surgical treatment, periodontal surgery results in reduced infection and diminished pocketing. When possible, we utilize advanced bone regeneration techniques to save your teeth.
Gum grafting is a predictable way to cover unsightly, sensitive or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession or to augment thin tissue to prevent recession from occurring. When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. A gingival graft is designed to solve this problem.
Crown lengthening (or crown exposure) is required when your tooth needs a crown or other restoration. The edge of that restoration is deep below the gum tissue and not accessible. This can usually be done on the same day that you see us for your exam. Please let us know if you are taking aspirin or blood thinners prior to your procedure.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
If you are unhappy with the appearance of short unsightly teeth or a “gummy smile” or if you have noticed recession and feel that your teeth look longer, this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Drs. Walsh, Shannon and Ramsey.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Drs. Walsh, Shannon and Ramsey have received extensive training in Implantology. Through continuing education, our doctors are abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.