Maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups can improve your oral health and increase your chances of maintaining a healthy smile for life. The experienced dental team at Elegant Smiles of Matawan is vigilant about looking for early warning signs of periodontal diseases and conditions that affect the gums and other supporting structures surrounding the teeth.
One of the most common conditions we treat with periodontics is gum disease, a bacterial infection that develops along the gum line. Gum disease can damage the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth and cause loose teeth, extreme sensitivity and tooth loss. Periodontal disease also can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.
Periodontics employs surgical and nonsurgical procedures that restore the health of the tissues and bone that support and surround the teeth, including:
Scaling and Root Planing
Also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planning is the first line of defense to treat and control gum disease. Using a hand scaler and/or ultrasonic instrument, your dentist or hygienist removes tartar and plaque from beneath the gum tissue; then smooths the root surfaces of your teeth to prevent plaque from forming.
Gum grafting can halt gum recession and bone loss, reduce tooth sensitivity and protect roots from decay. Your dentist may take healthy gum tissue from another area of the mouth and attach it to the affected gum tissue or use laboratory-processed donor tissue when performing a grafting procedure.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that exposes tooth structure covered by tissue to aid in the attachment of a dental crown. It can also be used as a cosmetic procedure to improve a “gummy smile.”
Using a laser to remove unhealthy tissue typically offers significant advantages over conventional surgery, including less bleeding, discomfort and gum shrinkage.
One of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth, Implants involve surgical placement of titanium posts into the jawbone. After the bone has fully healed around the implant, a dental crown is attached to the implant. Dental implants look, feel and function like real teeth.
Our knowledgeable dental team is committed to providing top-quality dental care that will help you keep your smile for life. To learn more about periodontics or to schedule an appointment, contact Elegant Smiles of Matawan today.
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