Surgical Treatments

Bone Grafting and Tissue Regeneration

Periodontal disease results in deep pockets and bone loss around the teeth. The bone can develop funnel-shaped defects (infrabony defects) that can be treated with bone grafts to stimulate bone regeneration and attachment. Regenerative procedures such as bone grafts can be done in conjunction with periodontal surgery and often times involves the placement of a membrane, which is used to cover the bone graft and prevent the gum tissue from interfering with bone healing. Learn More

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure to increase the amount of tooth extending from the gum line. This procedure is required to increase the amount of tooth so that a new crown or restoration can be placed. Crown lengthening is often needed where there is a crack, tooth decay, resorption, or extreme wear. Crown lengthening is a necessary step to ensure that the final restoration fits appropriately or to avoid the gum problems that can occur when restorations extend deeply under the gum line. Following the crown lengthening procedure patients usually wait six to twelve weeks before proceeding with the final restoration. Learn More

Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft tissue grafts are used to cover exposed root surfaces and replace gum tissue, which was lost due to gum recession. The recession may have occurred for a variety of reasons including aggressive tooth brushing, periodontal disease or a combination of factors including grinding and clenching of the teeth. The benefits of grafting include improved appearance, protection to the teeth and reduced tooth sensitivity. Grafts can be provided for a single area or multiple teeth can be treated at one appointment. Learn More

Implants

Implants have become the first choice and a standard of care for tooth replacement. A missing tooth can be disfiguring and result in a poor cosmetic situation. Multiple missing teeth can result in bone loss that affects facial contours and cause drifting of the surrounding teeth. Implants provide the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised. When implants are placed at the appropriate time, they can help preserve the jawbone and prevent the appearance of premature aging. The implant-supported teeth look and function like natural teeth and will help you to chew, smile, and laugh with confidence. Learn More

Periodontal Surgery

In cases where significant bony changes have accompanied periodontal disease or where pockets remain even after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery is done to reduce pockets and improve the contour of the bone and gums around the teeth. Periodontal surgery involves reflecting (folding back) the gum line to create access to adequately treat the root surfaces and the supporting bone. During periodontal surgery, certain regenerative procedures such as bone grafts and guided-tissue regeneration can be performed. The ultimate goal is to reduce pockets and improve the attachment level to the teeth. Periodontal surgery is typically done under local anesthesia and conscious sedation. Learn More