Why Healthy Gums Are Important
The Many Benefits of Soft Tissue Treatment
Compassionate Periodontal Services
Scaling and Root Planing
This nonsurgical, two-part procedure involves careful cleaning of your root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar caused by deep periodontal pockets. Planing is done to smooth rough spots on the tooth roots and remove bacterial toxins.
Without routine cleanings, bacteria can still accumulate and cause re-infection. Periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months ensures that gum disease does not return. The frequency of this treatment is dependent upon the severity of periodontal disease, plaque accumulation rate, and your at-home oral hygiene routine.
During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reveal a natural, less gummy smile. If a tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or insufficient tooth structure exists to create a restoration, crown lengthening is done to adjust the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth.
Soft tissue damaged by gum disease can pull away from your teeth, leaving deep pockets that trap plaque and bacteria. During this procedure, Dr. Matha will remove this tissue and clean the pockets, then reattach healthy gums to your teeth. This final step forms a barrier to help prevent bacteria from damaging soft tissues again.
Laser Gum Surgery
Laser dentistry enables Dr. Matha to treat periodontal disease without a drill or scalpel. A dental laser both eradicates bacteria and diseased tissue and cauterizes the area to prevent bleeding. Using lasers for procedures including gingivectomy decreases procedural pain and recovery time. A gingivectomy is a common laser dentistry procedure.
This procedure is done to correct issues with the frenum. This connective tissue is located both under the tongue and behind the upper gums. Loosening frenum tissue under the tongue allows better mobility and prevents related speech problems. Removing excess tissue from the upper gums can prevent gaps in the front teeth and associated orthodontic problems.