There are many procedures that periodontists perform. These are a few of the most common types of procedures. More information can be found at the American Academy of Periodontology's web site.
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To Treat Periodontitis:
Scaling and Root Planing: this is a non-surgical procedure designed to thoroughly clean and smooth the root surface and remove the bacteria which has accumulated under the gumline. It's aim is to stop the progression of periodontitis which permanently destroys the bone surrounding the teeth and to restore the gum tissue to a maintainable state of health.
Periodontal Surgery: When scaling and root planing are unable to restore the gum tissue to health then periodontal surgery may be recommended. This involves the surgical alteration of the gum tissue to gain improved access for removal of bacteria as well as to smooth the root surface.
Periodontal Maintenance: Once a stable periodontal condition is achieved a schedule will be recommended of routine cleanings or "maintenance" visits to keep the gum tissues stable and healthy as well as to monitor any sites which may be problematic. These visits typically alternate between our office and your general dentists office.
Other Surgical Procedures:
Free Gingival Graft: This is a procedure designed to increase the amount of gum tissue on those teeth which may have experienced recession or loss of gum tissue to the point where it may not be stable.
Crown Lengthening: A procedure which surgically increases the amount of tooth which is visible, usually to allow the dentist to repair damage from decay or tooth fracture. It is also used to increase the amount of tooth structure which can be used to support a new restoration or crown.