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Periodontal Therapy: Supporting The Structure Of Your Smile

The more we age, the more our teeth and gums are exposed to bacteria, food residue, and general wear and tear. Teeth can wear away and develop cavities over time, but the structural support around our teeth is also at risk. Periodontal therapy is a form of dentistry that focuses on the gums and tooth-supporting bone the hold your teeth in place. If your dentist notices any risks or damage in these areas, they may suggest periodontal therapy as a way to preserve the integrity of your overall oral health.

What Is Periodontal Therapy

There are a handful of surgical and non-surgical procedures that make up the periodontal category. What unites them is the goal of treating periodontal disease. Depending on your individual condition, your dentist may suggest any of the following periodontal procedures.

  • Scaling & Root Planing – Deep cleaning techniques used to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum tissue.
  • Gum Grafting – A process whereby gum tissue is reinforced by moving healthy tissue from one area to another. 
  • Dental Implants – Replacement teeth that are secured into the jawbone and supported by the gums.
  • Crown Lengthening – A surgical procedure for exposing teeth that have been covered by gum or bone tissue. 
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery – Cosmetic reshaping of gum tissue for aesthetic tastes. 
  • Periodontal Lengthening Surgery – A more comfortable of removing damaged gum tissue using lasers. 

Regular oral hygiene is essential for preventing periodontal complications, but with techniques like these, there is still hope if complications develop. Scheduling a checkup with your dentist can help by discovering and treating issues as soon as possible before the gum or bone tissue is damaged too heavily.  

Caring For Every Aspect Of Your Oral Health

At Smiles By Design, we offer a range of services including periodontal therapy to help you maintain a healthy smile in every aspect. Visit us here to learn more and schedule an appointment today!

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