Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the gums and tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal procedures are used to repair and restore damage to the gums and prevent gum disease. Here are a few of the periodontal services we offer.
Frenectomy is the surgical removal or alteration of connective tissue in your mouth that may be causing issues. A common frenectomy is to treat babies who are “tongue tied,” I.E., the connective tissue beneath their tongues is too tight and causes discomfort.
Gum grafts or soft tissue grafts are when we take tissue from another part of your mouth, or from a tissue donor and graft it onto an area in your mouth that needs to be restored. They are used to repair damage to your gums.
Bone grafts are used to augment or restore bone tissue in your jaws. They’re used to prepare bone for implant placement or to repair bone tissue that has been lost due to injury or infection.
Flap procedures are surgical procedures on the tissue beneath your gums. To access this tissue, we need to make a small flap in your gums by making an incision. After the surgery the flap is closed and sutured in place.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is used to remove tartar from above your gum line. Using a special tool, we scrape the tartar off the roots of your teeth to prevent infection and decay. Root planing is a similar procedure, however instead of tartar we’re removing imperfections on the surface of your teeth that can cause your gums to become irritated and vulnerable to infection.
Crown lengthening is the removal of gum tissue around the base of a tooth to expose more of the root and “lengthen” the crown. It can be used as a cosmetic treatment for gummy smiles and it’s also used to prepare teeth for crown placement.
Pocket Depth Reduction
Your gums can pull back from the base of your teeth to form small pockets. These pockets can harbour bacteria that can cause gum infections. Pocket depth reduction is a procedure to reduce the size of these pockets so bacteria don’t build up in them.
Extractions and Socket Preservation
Teeth are extracted when they’re damaged beyond repair or if they’ve become infected and present a risk to your other teeth and gums. After extraction we’ll preserve the remaining socket to ensure it doesn’t collapse, which can result in your other teeth shifting or bone loss in the area.