“It’s not the gums and supporting structures in the mouth that brought me to this profession. It was having the ability to help better the lives of people.”
Healthy teeth need healthy gums. Dr. Young Cho, our board-certified periodontist, works closely with you to keep the gums around your teeth healthy and disease free. Periodontal or gum diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis) are chronic infections that can occur at any age. They destroy the gums and the supportive structures of the teeth, leading to tooth loss if left untreated. Our use of the AMD PICASSO LASER in the treatment of gum disease enhances the speed and extent of healing and post-operative comfort.
ROOT PLANING AND SCALING
As a first step in treating gum disease, your teeth will get a thorough cleaning which may include scaling to remove tartar deposits beneath your gum line. The root surfaces of the teeth are then smoothed or planned, making it more difficult for plaque to build up along the root surfaces.
Osseous or bone surgery is a procedure done when you have a pocket around a tooth (or teeth) that has not responded to other treatments. When gingivitis (inflammation or infection of the gums) is untreated or treatment is delayed, periodontitis can occur causing infection and inflammation to spread from the gums to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth. The result is the teeth become loose and eventually fall out, causing holes in the bone around teeth. Osseous surgery is done in an effort to help you retain the tooth and create an environment that is easier for you to keep clean. The surgical procedure is used to smooth and reshape the affected bone and create a shallow pocket that makes it more difficult for the more aggressive bacteria to survive. The surgery included a thorough cleaning of the root surface.
CONNECTIVE TISSUE GRAFTING
Gum (gingival) tissue forms a connective seal around your teeth, guarding the underlying supporting bone from bacteria penetration and disease. Below the gum tissue, mucosa tissue forms a more vulnerable layer. If your gums recede to the mucosa tissue, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration—your gum tissue— is lost. Gum tissue grafting provides for a stable, healthy band of tissue that reseals and protects the tooth and underlying bone, preventing further recession and infection.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to replace or build up the bone around the teeth as a result of bone loss or bone destruction from periodontal disease, trauma, or poor fitting removable dentures. Bone grafting is also used to augment bone to permit implant placement.
A frenectomy is the removal of folds of tissue or muscle (frenum) connecting the lips, cheek or tongue to the jawbone when the frenum interferes with speaking (tongue tied), swallowing, chewing, smiling or is causing unusual separation between the teeth. Our use of the AMD PICASSO LASER results in a painless procedure with minimal bleeding and improved healing.
Crown lengthening removes gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth’s structure. It is performed using the soft tissue AMD PIASSO LASER when a tooth needs to be restored (given a crown or filling), but there is not enough tooth structure exposed above the gum line to support a crown or filling.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Ninety percent of all cases of oral cancer are curable when caught and treated early. Mouth cancer occurs more commonly in patients with poor oral hygiene. VELScope allows our dentists and hygienists to do oral pre-cancerous and cancerous growth screening in less than three minutes, identifying abnormal tissue which may not be detected under typical white-light examinations,