Periodontic Care in Philadelphia, PA
At deme, our periodontic specialist team is fully trained, equipped, and experienced to treat all manner of diseases and corrective procedures associated with the soft tissues of the mouth and the underlying jawbone which supports the teeth. Our periodontists are mainly concerned with preventing the onset of gum disease (periodontal disease), diagnosing conditions affecting the gums and jawbone, and treating gingivitis, periodontitis and bone loss. Read on to learn about the procedures our periodontal team offers.
Periodontal Procedures at deme
- Implant placement: When a tooth or several teeth are missing, the periodontist is able to create a natural-looking replacement by anchoring a prosthetic tooth to the jawbone.
- Osteoplasty (hard tissue recontouring): Once periodontitis has been treated, the periodontist can recontour the hard tissue to make the smile both natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing.
- Gingivoplasty (soft tissue recontouring): As gums recede due to periodontitis, the teeth may appear longer; causing a “toothy” smile. The periodontist can remove tissues or straighten the gum line to make the teeth look more even.
- Bone grafting: Dental implants can only be positioned if there is sufficient bone to attach the prosthetic tooth to. If bone loss has occurred, bone grafting is an excellent way to add or “grow” bone so that an implant may be properly secured.
- Deep pocket cleanings: As gingivitis and periodontitis progress, it becomes more difficult to cleanse the pockets between the soft tissues and the teeth. The periodontist or dental hygienist can scale and root plane the teeth (sometimes under local anesthetic) to remove debris and infection-causing bacteria.
- Crown lengthening: In order to expose more of the natural tooth, the periodontist can remove some of the surrounding gingival tissue.
- Bruxism: The grinding of the teeth and the clenching of the jaw cause the reflex nerve control center in the brain to turn off, and the reflex pathways to become active. deme’s periodontal team may treat bruxism with nighttime mouthguards, an NTI-tss device fitted to cover the front teeth, which prevents the grinding of the molars), or Botox Cosmetic, injected into the muscles to relax them enough to prevent the grinding, but not enough to interfere with chewing and speaking.
deme’s periodontal team offers many more procedures to treat gum disease and its effects. If your gums feel inflamed or painful–or if you have had gum disease in the past and believe it is resurfacing–please come in to see us at once and allow our team to take excellent care of you.