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Periodontal Care

Periodontal treatments comprise a significant portion of the procedures we perform at Restorative and Implant Dentistry of Bayside. Dr. Sameet Sheth understands that the success of dental implants and other restorations relies heavily upon establishing a foundation of comprehensive dental health. For this reason, achieving healthy gums, teeth, and supportive bone tissue prior to rebuilding your smile is always the initial goal of your treatment plan. If you require periodontal treatment to repair damage caused by gum disease or tooth loss, Dr. Sheth will explain which procedures can help restore optimal tissue health and bone strength.

We have included a comprehensive list of the periodontal treatments and procedures we offer at Restorative and Implant Dentistry of Bayside below. If you are interested in treatment, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael T. Cote.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is commonly referred to as a “deep cleaning”. During the scaling portion of the procedure, plaque, tartar, and calculus build-up is meticulously removed from between the teeth and below the gumline within the periodontal pockets. In order to reduce the size and depth of the pockets, the clean tooth roots may be smoothed by planing the root surface, which allows healthy gum tissue to re adhere to the tooth. When the scaling and root planing is complete, antibiotics and/or antimicrobial solutions may be applied to control gum disease causing bacteria.

Sinus Augmentation

When the upper jawbone has become atrophied due to gum disease or tooth loss, sinus augmentation may be performed to restore healthy bone mass. Using fragments of transplanted bone tissue, Dr. Sheth adds density above the jawbone through the sinus cavity. Ideally, the new bone fuses to the jaw, creating a solid foundation of support for a dental implant.

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Ridge Expansion

In severe cases of jawbone loss, the bony ridge required to support a dental implant may be reabsorbed by the body. To rebuild the height and/or width of the ridge, a bone graft procedure called a ridge expansion can be performed. During this procedure, bone graft material is added to the jawbone and allowed to heal. Once properly healed, it may be possible to place dental implants in the restored bone structure.

Soft Tissue Grafting and Recontouring

Soft tissue grafting is typically performed to restore areas where the gumline has pulled away and receded from the base of the teeth. During the grafting procedure, soft tissue is generally harvested from along the roof of the mouth and carefully transplanted over receded areas to provide appropriate coverage. Soft tissue recontouring, on the other hand, sculpts the appearance of overabundant or uneven gum tissue to create a balanced gumline that reveals an ideal proportion of the teeth.

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Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that exposes more of the tooth body to provide adequate support for a filling or restoration, or to enhance the appearance of a smile. The procedure can involve the removal of gum tissue, bone tissue, or both to reveal an optimal amount of tooth structure.

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Periodontal Surgery with Osseous Recontouring or Grafting

When initial treatments for gum disease do not produce the desired results, periodontal flap surgery combined with osseous (bone) recontouring and/or grafting may be required to eliminate diseased tissue and restore healthy, supportive bone structure for the teeth. Affected bone surrounding the teeth is smoothed and recontoured to remove craters that harbor disease and to prepare for the addition of bone grafts, if necessary.

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Guided Bone and Tissue Regeneration

Guided bone and tissue regeneration stimulates proper growth of healthy bone and tissue around the teeth after periodontal surgery involving osseous grafting. Once bone graft material is placed, a guided-tissue membrane is positioned over the graft to prevent the soft tissue from growing into the graft, which allows the area to heal fully and appropriately.

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Periodontal Maintenance

After completion of periodontal therapy, it is always recommended for patients to return to the office for proper hygiene and maintenance, due to the likelihood of periodontal disease returning without vigilant care. Maintenance visits are scheduled based on patient risk factors and the doctor’s recommendations, usually at intervals of 3 to 4 months. These appointments help to keep disease under control, leading to a healthier smile in the future.

Contact Restorative and Implant Dentistry of Bayside

For more information about periodontal treatments to restore the health and beauty of your smile, contact our practice and schedule a consultation with our periodontist, Dr. Michael T. Cote.

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In The Media

Dr. Sameet Sheth and the Restorative and Implant Dentistry of Bayside team have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and in various magazines:

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