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Periodontics in Foggy Bottom

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the gums and tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal treatments include services to prevent and treat infections and gum disease, restore and preserve the health of your gums, and change the appearance of your smile.

Scaling and root planing

Gum disease is caused by bacterial infection of your gums. One of the sources of infection is irritation and inflammation around the base of your teeth caused by tartar buildup and rough patches on your roots. Scaling and root planing use special dental tools to remove these irritants and reduce the chance of infection.

Tooth extraction

Sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted to preserve the health of your other teeth and gums. When we extract a tooth, we minimize the potential harm to your jaws, and we’ll consult you on dental implants or bridges as a replacement for the lost tooth.

Ridge socket preservation

When a tooth is extracted it leaves an empty socket in your jaw. Over time, the surrounding tissue can collapse into the socket, compromising the health of your jaws and other teeth. To prevent the socket from collapsing we fill it with special material.

Sinus augmentation

The bone between your upper jaw and your sinuses can be too thin to support a dental implant safely. In such cases, we augment the bone with donor tissue to make it thick and strong enough to support an implant.

Bone grafts

Bone that has been damaged by infection or injury may be too weak to support a dental implant. Bone grafts rebuild your bone tissue to strengthen the area.

Gum grafting

If your gums have receded or have been damaged they can be restored with gum tissue grafts. We graft gum tissue over the affected area, where it heals and becomes part of your natural gums.

Pocket depth reduction

Tiny pockets can form around the roots of your teeth. Over time, bacteria can get into these pockets and cause an infection which can lead to gum disease. To protect your gums, we reduce the depth of these pockets so bacteria can’t build up in them.

Flap procedures

To perform surgical procedures on your jawbones or the roots of your teeth we need to make an incision in your gums to open a tiny “flap” of gum tissue. After your treatment, we close the flap with sutures.

Frenectomy

A frenum is a small piece of connective tissue within your mouth. There’s one between your upper lip and gum that you can feel with the tip of your tongue. If a frenum is too tight it can cause discomfort and interfere with your speech or ability to eat. We can surgically remove the frenum to relieve these symptoms.

Crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is used to correct a “gummy” smile or to prepare a tooth for a dental crown or other restoration. We surgically remove a small amount of gum tissue from around the tooth to expose more of the root.

Contact our office today to make an appointment for periodontal treatment.

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