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This department specializes in the care and prevention of gum related diseases. In common terms the department for the deep cleaning of teeth and gums
This deep cleaning has two parts. Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket.
During the dental crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
is the removal of the flap of gum overlying a tooth.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure typically performed under local anesthetic that removes or loosens a band of muscle tissue that is connected to the lip, cheek or floor of the mouth. There are two types of frena; the lingual frenum and the labial frenum.
A gingivectomy is necessary when the gums have pulled away from the teeth creating deep pockets. The pockets make it hard to clean away plaque and calculus. Gingivectomy is usually done before gum disease has damaged the bone supporting the teeth.
Gingival flap surgery is a procedure in which the gums are separated from the teeth and folded back temporarily to allow a dentist to reach the root of the tooth and the bone.
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) is a surgical therapy for the treatment of periodontitis, intended to work through regeneration rather than resection.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge
is a relatively common condition that may involve any portion of the oral cavity. Multiple causes are known, and they may range from simple iatrogenic mechanisms, such as implantation of dental amalgam, to complex medical disorders, such as Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.
It iis the lightening of the skin or loss of pigment. ... The pigment loss can be partial (injury to the skin) or complete (caused by vitiligo). It can be temporary (from tinea versicolor) or permanent (from albinism).
There is nothing worse than being unable to enjoy the foods and drinks you love. Whether it is sipping on something hot or eating something cold, tooth sensitivity can impact your quality of life. Instead of avoiding the foods you really want to eat, you could benefit from tooth desensitization.
This may surprise you, but periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss. Researchers have also found overwhelming evidence that it increases your risk for:
Some of the most common causes of periodontal disease are under your control, including poor oral hygiene, uncontrolled diabetes and heart disease, and smoking. Other causes are out of your control such as age and heredity.
The symptoms of gingivitis include red, puffy, tender or bleeding gums. The symptoms for more advanced periodontitis include the same symptoms, but more severe. In addition, people may notice loose teeth, chronic bad breath, and pus under the gumline.
The best ways to prevent or manage periodontal disease are to see a dentist for regular checkups and practice good oral hygiene at home. Here are some great hygiene tips you can start using today:
Aim for better, not perfect – Especially when it comes to flossing, many people throw in the towel completely if they miss a day or two. But even flossing just 4-5 times a week (consistently) is much better than not at all! Use the right tools – An electric toothbrush is practically guaranteed to do a far better job keeping your teeth and gums clean. Also, some people do a lot better with floss picks, interdental brushes or an oral irrigator. Use a mouthwash – For gum-related problems, an antiseptic mouthwash is a great addition to good brushing and flossing. It’s a good way to kill bacteria in hard-to-reach places in your mouth.
Typically, a procedure called scaling and root planing is the first recommendation for periodontal disease. Also called a “deep cleaning,” it thoroughly removes the plaque and tartar from under the gumline that can’t be removed in the course of a normal cleaning. It’s usually done in 2-4 visits and includes being numbed beforehand for comfort. Also, a topical antibiotic can be placed under the gums where it will directly kill the bacteria that cause this disease. For more advanced cases, there are also surgical options that can effectively treat the gums.