What is Gum Disease?

Guided Surgery
ICAT/CBCT and Advanced Imaging
The i-CAT FLX offers the most flexible imaging control of any cone beam 3D unit**, allowing you to target the desired field-of-view on each patient  while minimizing the radiation dose.
 
Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening—fractured or severely decayed tooth/teeth
Sometimes teeth have severe decay or fracture and needed to be ‘lengthened’ in order for your dentist to place a crown on them.  In this procedure, some of the gums and bone around the teeth are removed to actually make the teeth ‘longer’ while still maintaining their health and support.  You will then return to your dentist about 8 weeks later to have an impression taken for the final crown or restoration.

Bone and soft tissue are sculpted to achieve ideal symmetry and biological width (health) for aesthetic or pre-prosthetic needs.

Esthetic crown lengthening—gummy smile
Many people have a gummy smile or their teeth appear too short.  Others have an uneven smile.  This procedure is performed by selectively removing some soft and hard tissue from the front of the teeth.  This simply procedure can give you a symmetric and harmonious appearance allowing you to smile with confidence.

Dental Implant Therapy
Full mouth reconstructions, immediate placement and temporization
Sinus Lift Augmentation
Lateral and internal lifts can be performed predictably
Exposure of Impacted Canines
Open and Close Exposure
Lip Repositioning

This is a simple solution to limiting the amount of gingiva display that is especially hard to treat in people with large teeth. This is an alternative to larger osteotomies.

Ridge Augmentation
When someone has lost a severe amount of bone, we can reconstruct the area.  This is done using either your own bone taken from another area of the mouth, freeze dried bone, regenerative proteins, or a combination of materials.  The process depends on the individual situation.  Frequently, dental implants are placed in the healed areas and a smile is reconstructed.

Combination Procedures
Various procedures are frequently combined to create a beautiful smile. This procedure combines crown lengthening, implants, hard and soft tissue augmentation with aesthetic restorations.  

Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine
We handle a variety of soft and hard tissue concerns. Here is a CBCT scan of a nasopalatine duct cyst showing progression through diagnosis, removal, and
post-augmentation.

Deep Cleaning or Scaling and Root Planing
The gum disease periodontitis affects the supporting structures of the tooth. When you cannot effectively brush or floss, plaque gets and stays below the gum line. This plaque then hardens into tarter. To make matters worse the tarter and plaque are areas where harmful bacteria breed.  The gums can bleed and even form puss pockets. To treat this disease we offer a non-surgical procedure to clean gently below the gum line.This is frequently referred to as a “deep cleaning” or scaling and root planing. This procedure effectively removes the plaque and tarter accumulation so that the gums can heal.  We will also give instruction in oral hygiene to help keep your teeth their cleanest.

Sedation Dentistry
Ever wish you could sail through dental visits without anxiety or fear? Would you rather endure an agonizing toothache than go to the dentist? Answering “yes” to these questions could mean that you’re a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, you can forget about fear and focus on pure relaxation.

There are different levels of sedation to accommodate every patient. Minimal sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Nitrous oxide helps you relax and wears off quickly. Electronic anesthesia is an alternative form of mild sedation that uses electronic impulses to help you relax. Conscious sedation is a moderate level of sedation that causes drowsiness and is taken in pill form. IV deep sedation is typically administered intravenously and works very quickly. With IV deep sedation, most patients fall asleep but can be easily awakened. Total sedation could be the only solution for people with an intense fear or phobia of dentistry. With total sedation, or general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious and cannot be easily awakened.

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