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Sindledecker Dentistry offers in-house periodontics services to address various periodontal concerns and provide effective solutions for our patients. Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the structures and tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is primarily concerned with correcting issues related to the gums. Our clinic provides a range of periodontal treatments aimed at improving the appearance of your smile and restoring the proper functioning of your mouth.


Periodontal Options

Non-Surgical Option

Scaling and root planing is a specialized cleaning procedure that serves as the initial line of defense against gum disease. The procedure involves the use of an ultrasonic cleaning device to effectively eliminate plaque and tartar from areas that are difficult to reach with regular cleaning devices.

These areas include underneath the gum line, on the tooth surface, and around the root. During the dental procedure, the rough surface of both the tooth and its root are carefully smoothed out, a process known as planing. The purpose of this is to create a hygienic and healthy surface, which facilitates the reattachment of gum tissue to the tooth.

If you treat your gum disease early on, scaling and root planing may be the only treatment you require. However, like with any dental procedure, proper aftercare is essential. Brush and floss daily, eat a nutritious diet, limit tobacco use, and get regular dental examinations to maintain your teeth in good repair and resist future instances of gum disease. Even after a successful scaling and root planing, if you don’t properly care for your teeth, you are likely to get gum disease again.

Surgical Options

When the tissue or bone surrounding your teeth is extensively damaged and cannot be repaired through non-surgical methods, there are various surgical procedures that can be performed. These procedures aim to prevent further damage and restore a healthy smile. Our team will assess the condition of your teeth and gums to determine the most suitable procedure for you.

Pocket Reduction: A healthy mouth consists of teeth that are securely surrounded by gum tissue and supported by the jaw bones. Periodontal disease is a condition that can cause damage to the tissues and bones supporting the teeth. This damage results in the formation of open spaces, known as pockets, around the teeth. Bacteria can accumulate more easily in larger pockets, which can result in increasing damage over time. Over time, the supportive structure of a tooth can deteriorate, leading to either the natural loss of the tooth or the need for its extraction.

Pocket reduction involves a technique where the gum tissue is folded back to eliminate bacteria, hardened plaque, and tartar that have accumulated beneath it. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove tissue that is too damaged to survive. After removing the damaged tissue, the healthy tissue is carefully stitched back into its original position. After the removal of bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the tooth and root, as well as the reduction of pockets, the gums can now reattach to the teeth.

Regeneration

A regeneration procedure can be used to restore the bone and tissue that support the teeth when they have been lost due to severe gum disease. During the dental procedure, the first step involves gently lifting the gum tissue and eliminating the harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. In certain cases, a bone graft may be recommended to promote the development of new bone. Alternatively, a specific protein can be applied to stimulate tissue growth and repair the areas affected by the disease.

Soft-Tissue Graft

Gum recession, also known as gingival recession, is a common symptom of gum disease. When gums recede, a larger portion of the roots becomes visible. Tooth sensitivity and the appearance of longer teeth can be caused by this condition. Exposing the tooth to increased damage from gum disease occurs when bacteria, plaque, and tartar attack the surface of the tooth and its root.

A soft-tissue graft is a surgical procedure that involves taking tissue from the roof of the mouth or another source and stitching it to the gum area. This helps to cover the exposed roots and restore the gum line to its original and healthy position. The procedure can be performed for cosmetic purposes as well.


Periodontal Consultation

Periodontics issues are typically detected during routine checkups and cleanings. However, if you suspect a pressing dental problem that requires attention, contact Sindledecker Dentistry. If you are consistently experiencing pain and discomfort, it is likely in your benefit to call your dentist and voice your concerns. We may try to get you in for an appointment at earliest convenience. We will examine your condition and determine if periodontal treatment is necessary.