Periodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the hard and soft tissues that support teeth. Periodontal disease refers to gum disease. Periodontal procedures are usually performed to save or rebuild the jaw bone and/or gums in order to save teeth or allow for the placement of dental implants.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and roots. Implants are surgically placed where the teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the implant, acting as a tooth root. Once the implants are healed, they can be used for either tooth replacement or denture stability.
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Periodontal Osseous Surgery (Pocket Depth Reduction)
Dr. Cabassa uses specialized surgical techniques to remove bacteria and local factors from periodontal pockets in the gum tissues in order to restore periodontal health.
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The procedure is employed to allow your dentist to treat a tooth with little or no tooth structure exposed in the mouth. This helps patients receive a better crown or filling.
Commonly used to treat gum recession and root exposure (long in the tooth) resulting from loss of supporting bone. Minimally invasive techniques not using palatal tissue are available.
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Bone Grafting with Extractions
When a tooth is lost, the body can resorb part of the jawbone. Bone is placed in an extraction site to preserve the site and restore integrity to the area. This is a painless procedure employed at the time of extraction.
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Bone Grafting with Regeneration
This procedure is used to regenerate lost bone around existing teeth, or in an area where the jawbone is thin. The purpose of this procedure is to encourage the body to regenerate natural bone in a previously compromised site.
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A tooth that can not be saved with restorative materials may need to be removed. In most cases, the tooth can be replaced with an implant (see above).
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Supportive Periodontal Maintenance Program (Hygiene Visits)
This procedure is instituted following periodontal therapy and continues at varying intervals as determined by your dental team. If new or recurring periodontal disease appears, additional treatment procedures must be considered.
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Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure employed to treat gum disease. It is indicated for patients with mild periodontal disease. It is often referred to as “deep cleaning”. This procedure is limited in its therapeutic scope.
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The surgical removal of abnormal tissue. Most specimens require submission to a pathologist for definitive diagnosis.
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About Periodontal Disease
Proper dental care and regular hygiene visits are key to preventing periodontal disease.Learn more