We are committed to providing a full range of oral surgery, dental implant, and, now, periodontal services to the communities we already serve in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties. Our periodontist meets patients at our offices in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill, Florida. A periodontist performs a number of vital services for the oral health of his or her patients. From treating gum recession to oral plastic surgery to bone grafting and ridge augmentation, the roles of a periodontist are crucial to maintaining good oral health and addressing problems that do arise.
Knowing when to see a periodontist is the topic of today’s blog post. We hope that it will help you understand the many services a periodontist provides. If you believe you need to see a periodontist for any of the following conditions or services, we have offices in Palm Harbor, Spring Hill, and Trinity, Florida for your convenience. You can give us a call at 1-800-NEW-LOOK or use the contact form below to ask us any questions you may have.
Treatment of Gum Recession
- Alternatives to taking tissue from roof of mouth/minimally invasive techniques for gum grafting
- Autogenous free gingival grafts
- Autogenous connective tissue grafts
Gum recession can cause the roots of teeth become exposed. Teeth may appear longer than normal as the gum tissue recedes and leaves more of the tooth exposed. Your periodontist may perform gum graft surgery to help prevent the recession from getting worse, and in many cases, can even cover some of the exposed root surfaces to provide improved support for the teeth and a more aesthetic smile.
Gum grafts often provide a combined benefit of improving both function and health- crucial to chewing, speaking and smiling with comfort and confidence.
Treatment of Gummy Smile/Oral Plastic Surgery
- Esthetic crown lengthening
- Functional crown lengthening
Esthetic or functional crown lengthening may be performed by your periodontist to lengthen the part of the crown of the tooth that is exposed either for aesthetic or functional reasons. These techniques are used to treat what is commonly known as a “gummy smile.”
Treatment of Periodontal Disease (Gum disease)
- Scaling and Root Planing (deep cleaning)
- Routine cleanings
- Pocket Reduction (Open Flap Debridement and Osseous Surgery)
- Guided Tissue Regeneration
The gums and bone are the foundation for the teeth. In periodontal disease, these supporting structures are destroyed, creating space between the teeth, gums and bone. This ultimately leads to pocketing, which houses harmful bacteria. As the bacteria multiply and invade the supporting gums and bone, they further destroy the foundation, making teeth loose, and eventually causing them to have to be extracted. Your periodontist can perform a number of services that can mitigate the effects of periodontal disease or even delay or halt the effects before they become worse. A periodontist can treat periodontal disease through surgical or non-surgical means.
Minimally Traumatic Extractions
- Ridge Preservation after tooth extraction
There are several reasons for tooth extractions including periodontal disease, fractured teeth, decayed teeth, loose teeth, infected teeth, and more. Every attempt is made to save the natural teeth; however, when teeth can no longer be saved or restored, extractions are indicated. When teeth are removed, every precaution is taken to minimize patient discomfort and to preserve the surrounding bone in order to minimize the amount of bone loss that will occur naturally as a result of the tooth extraction.
Unfortunately, bone tends to atrophy (shrink) over time from tooth loss, similar to how muscles atrophy over time when they are not used. After a tooth is removed, the height and width of the tooth socket will shrink over time.
Bone grafts are often placed into the tooth sockets to prevent the gum tissue from having a concavity in the site where the tooth was removed. Socket bone grafting is not only for esthetics, but it is also crucial for providing a foundation of bone that could house a future dental implant. The bone grafts act as scaffolds to help support the tissues and to encourage your body to begin forming new bone cells to regenerate the bone during healing. Thus, a strong foundation of bone with sufficient width and height is needed to support a future implant.
Bone Grafting-Ridge Augmentation
- Guided Bone Regeneration
- Sinus Lifts
Whether it was one tooth or multiple teeth that were removed, bone tends to atrophy (shrink) over time from tooth loss, similar to how muscles atrophy over time when they are not used. After a tooth is removed, the height and width of the tooth socket will shrink over time. Likewise, the jawbones themselves will also decrease in height and width as a result of tooth loss. Our surgeons can discuss the various means (guided bone regeneration, autogenous bone grafts, sinus lifts, etc.) of building up this bone with you.
- Single tooth replacement
- Implant supported bridge
Dental implants are often the ideal treatment option for patients who are missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically embedded in your jawbone to replace a natural tooth root. A dental crown, bridge, or full-arch denture is then attached to the implant post to replace the entire structure of the missing tooth. Our practice uses advanced imaging techniques to plan your treatment and ensure your comfort and safety. Our oral surgeons perform traditional dental implants as well as Same Day Teeth®.
- Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics/Wilckodontics
- Canine exposures
- Soft tissue grafting to prevent recession
Our periodontist can work with your orthodontist to make sure you are getting the best, most effective results from your orthodontics. Our periodontal-orthodontic procedures include: periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontics/Wilckodontics, canine exposures, and soft tissue grafting to thicken tissues and prevent recession during orthodontic treatment.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Oral Sedation
- Intravenous Sedation
If you are nervous about any dental procedure with your oral surgeon or periodontist, we offer various forms of sedation for your comfort and sense of security. Our goal is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your procedures with us. We can further discuss these options at the consultation appointment, but here is a brief description of the types of sedation we offer.
We offer Nitrous Oxide Sedation, also known as laughing gas. This involves breathing nitrous oxide gas through a mask and it makes you more relaxed. Benefits of extremely safe and effective method of sedation include a short duration of onset and brief recovery time.
We also offer Oral Sedation, which involves taking an oral sedative pill by mouth the night before and the morning of the procedure in order to calm your nerves and make you more relaxed.
Lastly, we offer Intravenous Light Conscious Sedation (IV sedation), which involves administering sedative medications directly into the blood stream by starting an intravenous line. During the procedure, one would be able to respond to the prompts by the surgeon such as opening the mouth, turning the head, etc but the medications allow the patient to be very relaxed and comfortable. The sedative medications also tend to cause memory loss. The surgeons and staff are highly trained and closely monitor the patient during the sedation. Monitoring including Electrocardiogram devices, capnography, pulse oximetry, etc are used to ensure that the patient is safe at all times.
While our surgeons and periodontist are comprehensively examining patients, they look for oral cancers, and if they find a suspicious area, can remove it and send it to a pathologist who can determine the proper diagnosis and if need be, further treatment. Our surgeons will discuss the pathology results and coordinate treatment in an efficient and timely manner.
Treatment of Peri-Implantitis
Unfortunately, implants are not entirely immune to problems. If not properly maintained, bone and soft tissue issues can arise, leading to bone loss, implant mobility and potentially implant loss. This is commonly known as peri-implantitis and needs to be treated immediately in order to prevent loss of the implant. Treatment involves cleaning out the area, removing harmful bacteria that cause destruction and potentially building back the bone that was lost in certain cases if possible. It is imperative to routinely see your periodontist and hygienist in order to maintain implants after they are placed, similar to maintaining frequent oil changes in your vehicle.
Learn more about how a periodontist can help you
Contact us today to learn more about how our periodontist can help you and to learn more about all of our services, including dental implants, oral surgery, and Same Day Teeth®. We have offices in Trinity, Palm Harbor, and Spring Hill, Florida.
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.