DeNike Dental provides periodontal services in Emerson, NJ. Call 201-599-0001 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Our periodontal services address both the health and appearance of your gums. Cosmetic periodontal surgery includes procedures to either lengthen or reduce gum tissue, while scaling and root planing and osseous surgery are procedures used to treat gum disease or repair its damage. Other periodontal treatments aim to restore jaw bone tissue that has been lost.
At DeNike Dental, we offer the following periodontal services to our patients:
Scaling and Root Planing
This non-surgical procedure is the first line of treatment for gum disease. The procedure starts with scaling, in which specialized dental tools are used to remove plaque and calculus from just below the gum line, where it accumulates and creates an environment where bacteria flourish. Next, the root of the tooth is planed, or smoothed, in order to help the gums heal and reattach, eliminating the pockets where debris collects. Scaling and root planing is highly effective and minimally invasive.
When bone loss occurs in the jaw, teeth may become loose. This can lead to them shifting in the mouth or, in extreme cases, even falling out. Periodontal splinting is a procedure that stabilizes teeth with special wire or ribbon, along with composite resin, crowns, inlays/onlays, or veneers.
Arestin treatment is part of our scaling and root planing procedure. This locally applied antibiotic powder delivers minocycline microspheres to treat sites of active infection. The microspheres are time-released, adhering to the surrounding surfaces for an extended, targeted treatment that works. It can be used for pocket depth reduction and as part of a periodontal maintenance program.
Crown lengthening is a cosmetic periodontal procedure in which gum tissue and/or bone is removed in order to expose more of a tooth’s structure. This is a standard treatment when a patient is concerned about a “gummy smile.”
Some patients have the opposite problem—not enough gum tissue. In these cases, gum grafting may be needed. Exposed roots may be sensitive or prone to other dental problems, so tissue from the roof of the mouth can be relocated to the area where gingival repair is needed.
Bone grafting is often performed to treat facial collapse or used prior to dental implant placement if bone loss has occurred in the jaw. When a tooth is lost, the bone that surrounded it begins to be reabsorbed by the body; this can cause a weakened bite and changes to the facial structure. Bone grafting reverses bone loss by using either bone from another part of the body or synthetic material to restore the jaw bone.
Osseous Surgery (aka Pocket Depth Reduction)
Scaling and root planing are an effective treatment for eliminating pockets in the gum tissue, but there are times when additional treatment is needed. In these cases, osseous surgery, also known as a pocket depth reduction, may be recommended. By making pockets shallower, bacteria cannot thrive and the potential for bone damage is minimized.
Similar to bone grafting, bone regeneration is a treatment used when bone in the jaw has become compromised after tooth loss. Unlike bone grafting, regeneration uses membranes and tissue-stimulating proteins rather than actual bone material in order to stimulate the body to regenerate the bone itself.
When an extraction or tooth loss has resulted in a weakened area around the empty socket, ridge preservation can be used to regenerate the bone tissue.
Call 201-599-0001 to schedule your appointment.