Procedures

Periodontal

As part of the full set of dental services that Esthetique Dentistry provides, we have Periodontal surgeons as part of our team who perform specialty dental procedures in our offices.

Our patients benefit from having the convenience of these services offered in a familiar, comfortable environment, and they also benefit from the significant knowledge our specialists bring to consultations and treatment planning.

What is a Periodonist?

A periodontist is a dentist who has completed a university post-graduate specialty program in periodontics.  Periodontal specialty programs are an additional two to three years in duration following graduation from the four year dental school program.

Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the maintenance of health and the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, as well as the placement of dental implants.

What are the periodontal procedures offered at Esthetique Dentistry?

Scaling and Root Planing

The objective of scaling and root planing, otherwise known as conventional periodontal therapy or non-surgical periodontal therapy, is to remove or eliminate the etiologic agents which cause inflammation: dental plaque, its products and calculus,thus helping to establish a periodontium that is free of disease.

Periodontal scaling procedures "include the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth, whereas root planing is a specific treatment that removes the roughened cementum and surface dentin that is impregnated with calculus, microorganisms and their toxins."

Scaling and root planing are often referred to as deep cleaning, and may be performed using a number of dental tools, including ultrasonic instruments and hand instruments, such as periodontal scalers and curettes.

The goals of scaling and root planning are to resolve the signs of inflammation, and to reduce pocket depths and detectable plaque to a level associated with periodontal health. Ideally we can halt the progression of the periodontal disease.

Periodontal Maintenance:

Periodontal maintenance is the procedures and protocols employed to clean and maintain the teeth and gums following a diagnosis and stabilization treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease in not 'cured', only 'arrested'.

The procedures may appear to the patient to be very similar to a regular cleaning, but because the dentist or hygienist must now evaluate, instrument, and monitor the tissues differently and quite often more frequently, the procedures must be differentiated.

Gum Grafting:

A gingival graft (also called gum graft or gingival plastic surgery) is a generic name for any of a number of surgical periodontal procedures whose combined aim is to cover an area of exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue. The covering of exposed root surfaces accomplishes a number of objectives: the prevention of further root exposure, decreased or eliminated sensitivity, decreased susceptibility to root caries and improved cosmetics. These procedures are usually performed by a an oral surgeon or a a periodontist, but may be performed by a general dentist having training in these procedures.

 

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