At our dental practice, Little Family Dentistry located in Bayonne, NJ, our staff are highly trained and experienced in periodontal dentistry. We offer innovative treatments for patients who suffer from periodontal disease in a safe and comfortable environment. We specialize in Gum Graft Surgery, Dental Crown Lengthening, Pocket Reduction Procedures, Bone Grafting and Gum Surgery.
What Is a Periodontal Disease?
When patients exercise good oral hygiene and schedule regular teeth cleanings, the probability of keeping their natural teeth healthy is strong. Good oral hygiene includes not only your teeth, but your gums and supporting tissue as well. Commonly called gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection that endangers both your teeth and gums. Periodontal disease can spread into the bone area that supports the teeth. Some effective ways to prevent gum disease are scalings and planings, gum graft surgery, crown lengthening, pocket reduction, bone grafting and regenerative procedures.
Type of Periodontal Procedures
- Gum Grafting Surgery. Occasionally it's important to replace areas of lost gum tissue so that tooth roots are protected. This involves taking gum tissue that is healthy from one area of the mouth and moving it to where it is needed.
- Crown Lengthening Surgery is a surgical procedure in which initially most of the tooth is covered by bone and gum tissue. The tooth is exposed to make it look longer and the smile less gummy.
- Pocket Reduction: When you suffer from gum disease, the supporting tissue and bone are damaged, which forms a "pocket" around the tooth. Bacteria can settle inside the pockets and result in bone and tissue loss. In this procedure, the doctor folds back the gums, removes the bacteria and then places the gums back to their original place.
- Scaling and Root Planing is used as a starting point to control gum disease. Bacteria are removed from under the gums using a hand scaler or an ultrasonic instrument.
- Regenerative/Bone Grafting Procedure prepares an implant site that has poor jawbone structure when teeth have been missing for a long time. The bone is taken from a tissue bank or from your jaw, hip or tibia. It is then implanted on the jawbone and left to heal to secure a dental implant.
It is important that patients understand that gum disease left untreated can cause serious medical issues in the future and should be attended to immediately. At Little Family Dentistry, at every initial visit to our office, the doctor conducts an oral examination to screen for gum disease.
If you haven’t been to a dentist in some time, call Little Family Dentistry in Bayonne, NJ by dialing (201) 273-9233 today!