Restore Your Oral Health with Century Dental’s Periodontal Treatments

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At Century Dental, we help patients of all ages to manage periodontal disease. We do not just address specific gum-related concerns, we also educate people on how to best care for the soft tissues surrounding and supporting their teeth to ensure a healthy oral cavity. Our devotion to limiting the effects of gum disease helps to improve people’s smiles and confidence.

Periodontal disease, if left alone, will deteriorate the gums and bone that support the teeth. Unfortunately, many patients are completely unaware of the diagnosis. Why? The early stages of gum disease do not usually present with signs and symptoms. Therefore, people only seek professional help when the condition is worsens.

Visiting a dental office regularly can help you better protect yourself from periodontal disease. John H. Penny, Jr., DDS & Abdullah M. Allawnha, DDS, along with the rest of the team can perform different treatments to help stop periodontal disease in its tracks

What Do We Do?

Scaling and Root Planing

As soon as gum disease sets in, regular cleaning will no longer be effective, especially in stopping an infection. Most dentists will perform scaling and root planing as the first line of treatment. It’s non-surgical and minimally invasive.

Scaling is more extensive than regular cleaning and more time consuming. It involves the use of a special handheld instrument to remove the plaque and tartar that are causing the infection below the gum line.

Cleaning of the root’s surfaces, also known as root planing, is also very important to allow for faster healing and re-attachment of the gums to the tooth.

Arestin

Along with scaling and root planing treatment, your dentist may also apply Arestin to the pockets between your gum and tooth. This powder antibiotic can help prevent your periodontal disease from getting worse. It’s composed of hundreds of thousands of tiny microspheres that will release antibiotics over time, even long after your visit is over. It’s completely painless!

Pocket Reduction Surgery

As periodontal disease advances, the supporting tissues and bones are also destroyed. “Pockets” are formed around the teeth that become bigger and deeper over time, which makes them more difficult to clean. To avoid more bacteria from thriving in these pockets, surgery may be required.

During a pocket reduction surgery, your dentist will fold back your gum tissue to get rid of the bacteria. Once cleaned, the gums are secured back into place.

Gum Graft Surgery

Gingival recession is quite common, especially if you have long-standing periodontal disease. Your tooth’s roots may now be exposed. A gum graft surgery will help prevent additional recession and possible bone loss. This likewise reduces sensitivity and improves the aesthetics of your smile.

The soft tissue skin graft will come from your palate or other areas in the mouth. This can be done to one or more teeth at the same time.

Bone Graft Surgery

If the bone supporting your teeth has already been destroyed, bone graft surgery may be necessary. The gum tissue is folded back to remove the bacteria. Your dentist will implant membranes, bone grafts, or tissue-stimulating proteins to help regenerate lost tissues and bones.

Ridge Augmentation

Bone grafting is often used for ridge augmentation. Losing one or more teeth will make your gums and jawbone indented. This does not only look unnatural, but it may also cause the replacement tooth to look long compared to others, creating an area that is hard to clean. Ridge augmentation will help recapture the natural contour of your gums and jaw.

Crown Lengthening Surgery

Crown lengthening helps improve the aesthetic of your smile by showing more of your teeth. Your dentist will remove excess gum tissue on your upper teeth to make them appear longer. If your gum line is uneven, this procedure can also sculpt it to produce a more symmetrical and balanced smile.

If there is decay or fracture under the gum line, crown lengthening can help expose more of the tooth’s crown to support a dental filling. Usually, a follow-up appointment is necessary to check the healing process and remove stitches.

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If you are concerned about periodontal disease in St. Pete, Pasadena, and other nearby Florida areas, contact Century Dental today at (727) 367-3313 to schedule a free consultation!