Periodontal therapies are treatments used to make your teeth and gums healthy again after the onset of periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious gum infection (sometimes referred to as gum disease) that damages your gums and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Untreated gingivitis leads to periodontitis.
Periodontists are dental professionals that specialize in treating periodontitis and performing other surgical procedures to restore good oral health or replace missing teeth. At Cityview, we always use minimally invasive surgical techniques so you are comfortable in the chair and heal as fast as possible afterwards. We also offer IV sedation, and a number of periodontal therapies that will help keep your smile healthy.
Scaling and root planing – during this procedure we carefully remove plaque and tartar that has formed under your gums in periodontal pockets and smooth your tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. It’s important to know that scaling and root planing are not surgical procedures.
Non-surgical alternatives - we offer the most advanced alternatives to periodontal surgery. While not every patient can benefit from non-surgical interventions, we will discuss your options with you.
Gum grafting – this surgical procedure is used to cover exposed tooth roots with gum tissue taken from the top of your mouth. If your gums are receding significantly, gum grafting is often used to reduce tooth sensitivity and help prevent further gum recession, bone loss, and tooth decay. You’ll also notice that your teeth and gums will be healthier and your smile will look beautiful again!
Dental crown lengthening – your periodontist may recommend dental crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. If your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or doesn’t have enough exposed bone to attach a crown or bridge, this procedure can be used to expose more of your tooth so it can be restored.
Regenerative procedures – these procedures are used to reverse the damage caused by periodontal disease. Using microsurgery techniques, our periodontists gently remove bacteria from the gum tissue (untreated bacteria causes infection) and introduce natural materials, like proteins or bone grafts, to encourage your body to regenerate the lost bone or tissue. When you follow this treatment with good oral hygiene at home, you’ll increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth.