Periodontics

Periodontics is a dental specialty that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting tissues.  It is a vital part of oral healthcare and can help you achieve a healthy, lasting smile. 

If you are experiencing any type of concern with your gum tissue or supporting oral structures, periodontics can help. Some of the issues that our periodontal experts treat in our office include the following:

  • Gum disease 
  • Bone loss
  • Oral tissue abnormalities
  • Bite repair
  • Cosmetic tissue alteration

In the event you are experiencing any of the above problems, or if you would just like to ensure that your gums and teeth are as healthy as possible, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our St. George, UT team. We will be happy to assess your smile health and determine if you need treatment. Read below to learn more about our periodontics services, or call to schedule a visit today!

Gum Disease Therapy

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and tissues supporting the teeth. It is a relatively common condition, affecting millions of people in the United States each year. There are three stages of gum disease – gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. When left untreated, gum disease can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. 

Gum disease can be prevented by properly brushing and flossing the teeth; however, some patients are at an increased risk for developing the condition due to medications or genetic factors.

In our office, we offer two methods for managing gum disease –  scaling and root planing and arestin application. While gum disease can not be cured once it reaches its advanced stages, it can be kept under control with the help of our dental professionals. 

Scaling & root planing is a dental procedure that is used to improve the health of your oral tissues once gum disease has reached moderate stages. As plaque and tartar accumulate along the gum line, the gum tissue becomes inflamed and pulls away from the tooth. As a result, the tooth becomes less supported, and pockets form beneath the gum line for more plaque and bacteria to collect.

  • Scaling is a process in which our team uses special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, above and below the gum line. 
  • Root planing is a process in which we smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots to help prevent bacteria from gathering in the area again. 

By combining scaling and root planing, we can help improve your oral health and protect your smile.

Arestin is an antibiotic that is applied directly to the gums to help treat gum disease and prevent the worsening of the condition. Arestin helps kill the bacteria that cause gum disease, and it also helps reduce inflammation. The antibiotic is available by prescription only, and we will likely recommend it if you are experiencing the early symptoms of gum disease or have just completed a scaling and root planing procedure. Arestin is directly placed into the gum pockets and immediately begins killing disease-causing bacteria.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is used to replace or restore bone in the jaw. Bone loss can occur due to a variety of reasons, including infection, trauma, or tooth loss – once a tooth is lost, the jawbone around the empty tooth socket begins to shrink and deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation. Over time, thinning facial bones can cause the facial appearance to change as bone structures around the lips shrink and skin begins to sag.

Bone grafting is a common treatment for patients who are experiencing bone loss, and it can be performed in a number of ways. 

  • One option is to use donor bone from another part of the patient’s body; this is known as autogenous bone grafting. 
  • Alternatively, donor bone can be obtained from a cadaver, or synthetic bone material can be used. 

The goal of bone grafting is to replace the missing or deteriorated bone with healthy tissue so that the jawbone can continue to function properly and the facial appearance can be maintained or restored. This is often done when there is not enough bone tissue available to support a dental implant. After undergoing bone grafting, the majority of patients are able to receive dental implants and enjoy a restoration that encourages further bone growth.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that is used to expose more of the tooth’s crown. This is often performed when a tooth appears too short, and its appearance is not ideal. The surgery can also be used to improve the fit of a dental prosthetic, such as a crown or bridge.

Crown lengthening can be a minimally invasive procedure, but it may require more extensive surgery if there is a significant amount of gum tissue or bone to be removed.  

Crown lengthening may be recommended if you have:

  • A tooth that appears too short 
  • Gum tissue that is covering too much of the tooth’s crown 
  • A dental prosthetic that does not fit well 

Recovery time varies depending on the individual, but most people experience some discomfort and swelling for a few days after surgery. After the surgery, you will need to take special care of your teeth to ensure that the area heals properly. You may need to eat soft foods for a few days and rinse your mouth with warm water after eating or drinking. 

If you are considering crown lengthening, be sure to talk to our team to learn more about the procedure. We can help you decide if this is the right treatment for you.

Frenectomy

A frenectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the frenulum. The frenulum is the small, thin piece of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth and also connects the upper lip to the gums above the front teeth. A frenectomy may be necessary if the frenulum is too tight and restricts tongue movement or if the tissue causes a gap between the front teeth.

This is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in our office. Before we remove the tissue, we will thoroughly numb the area so you are comfortable. 

If you are experiencing problems with your frenulum, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We can help determine if a frenectomy is the best solution for you!

Occlusal Adjustment

An occlusal adjustment is a dental procedure that is used to correct problems with the bite. It can be used to adjust the position of teeth or to modify the way that the jaw fits together. The adjustment can help to correct problems such as teeth grinding and TMJ disorder; it can also help to improve the appearance of the smile and make the jaw feel more relaxed.

An occlusal adjustment is a minor procedure that can be completed in our practice during one appointment. With the help of our advanced technology, we can quickly scan the mouth to determine the precise areas that require correction. By doing this, you get the results you need with the minimal amount of work done to your smile!

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