Periodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the process of replacing teeth with dental implants. Periodontists receive up to three years of additional, specialized training in treating periodontal disease and other conditions.
Periodontists are also specialists in treating oral inflammation and any condition requiring either non-surgical treatment or oral plastic surgery. Oftentimes, periodontists are treating conditions caused by periodontal disease and its effects such as persistent bad breath or gum recession.
For patients who believe that their smile is too “gummy” or that their teeth are too short, we are proud to offer crown lengthening services to fix those concerns. Crown lengthening procedures are done to expose more of the tooth and remove extra gum tissue. By doing this, we can reshape your gums and help give your teeth the look and shape you desire. In addition to the life-changing results, crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure that will allow for a more balanced, even smile.
The recovery time for the crown lengthening procedure is approximately three months. As your gums heal, you’ll be able to resume normal habits and functions. In recovery, you will be asked to avoid demanding activities during the first two to three days after your operation. Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount.
If you are missing a tooth you may be advised to place a dental implant. Obvious reasons why you may require implant treatment are cosmetic appearance and difficulty chewing. Another important reason why you might be advised to replace a missing tooth with an implant is the biomechanics of your mouth.
Surrounding teeth and gum tissue will have to take on more pressure which can cause damage such as bone loss, gum recession, and tooth decay. Placing a dental implant involves three distinct stages.
The first stage involves the initial consultation where Dr. Radman will examine your mouth as well as your x-rays and determine a treatment plan that is most suitable together with you.
The second stage involves the placement of the implant, which is a metal post that replaces the root of your tooth and will later hold a prosthetic crown. After the placement of the implant, you will wait three months such that the gum tissue completely heals. More importantly, this time allows for the implant to fuse together and merge with the surrounding bone tissue.
The third and final stage which involves two visits, where Dr. Radman will take an impression of your tooth, as well as the shade, and send it to the lab where they will make a prosthetic crown that perfectly matches your mouth, on the final visit the crown will simply be screwed on and your implant is complete and ready to last you for years to come.
Long term success of dental implant depends on many factors , one of the most important of them is maintaining excellent oral Hygiene , at SDC, we have 2 years ( 6 times in 2 years) , free of charge, maintenance recalls program.. All of our dental implant patients are highly encouraged to thoroughly follow that plan. During the recall sessions, oral hygiene instruction and evaluation, as well as trouble shooting of possible issues are meticulously executed.
LANAP Laser Treatment
LANAP is a form of laser gum disease treatment used for patients suffering from periodontal disease. The LANAP process is the only FDA-approved laser treatment used to treat gum disease.
Who can benefit from LANAP laser treatments? Ideal candidates experience the following symptoms:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gum line
- Bone Loss
The highly advanced laser allows for precise handling from your dentist which makes for a minimally invasive treatment requiring no cuts or incisions. The LANAP laser also provides patients with a quicker recovery time, little to no postoperative pain, and the stimulation of tissue regeneration. This process has even been known to reverse gum disease and eliminate unwanted pockets.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable. However, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.
After the scaling is complete, we will move onto root planing. The root planing technique is used to smooth out the tooth’s root and ultimately remove the pocket caused by bacteria. When the root has been effectively smoothed, the gums can be reattached and have a greater chance of fully healing.
Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan, we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount for making sure that periodontal disease doesn’t become worse after seeking initial treatment at our office.