We Strive to Save Your Natural Teeth
At PHS, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We carefully examine you, consult with you and your referring dentist, and only then make an informed determination of the best restorative path for you. It might be implants, but we are also experts in periodontal techniques that save your natural teeth.
If periodontal services are what are needed, we follow full hospital surgical sterile protocol for all procedures –
- Immaculately sterile suites – full surgical scrub techniques employed
- We help you relax and get ready – various, safe sedation medications are available to relax you and alleviate anxiety
- Your doctor is always there – we remain in the surgery room during the entire procedure
- Post-procedure relaxation in our dental spa – you receive a hot lavender facial massage, invigorating chilled facial spray, and a fruit protein milkshake.
Generally, patients who visit desiring to lengthen their teeth because they appear short find that their teeth are actually the proper length, but covered with too much gum tissue. Crown lengthening corrects this.
- More of the natural tooth is exposed – via reshaping of excess gum and bone tissue
- You achieve a broad, natural smile – as one tooth or the entire gum line can be reshaped
- Crown lengthening can make restorative and cosmetic procedures possible – if a tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient structure for restoration, gum and bone levels can be reshaped to expose more tooth for restoration
Pocket Depth Reduction
Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth, like a turtleneck collar. Periodontal disease destroys this supporting tissue and bone, forming "pockets" around the teeth.
- Pockets deepen over time – allowing bacteria to develop and thrive.
- Bacteria gathers under gum tissue – making pockets deeper and collecting even more bacteria
- Further bone and tissue loss occurs – then teeth need to be extracted
- Pocket depth reduction removes bacteria – by folding back gum tissue and then securing it
- Damaged bone areas are smoothed and gum tissue reattached to healthy bone – so bacteria no longer has a home
Soft Tissue Grafts
Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession and patients often wish to enhance their smile by covering these roots, or decrease sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids.
- Various causes of gum recession – aggressive tooth brushing, periodontal disease, gingivitis, aging and others
- Soft tissue grafts repair the defect and help prevent issues – such as additional recession and bone loss
- Grafts cover roots and develop gum tissue – often absent due to excessive gingival recession
- Tissue is taken from your palate or another donor area – then used to cover the exposed root
- Results: reduced sensitivity and improved appearance – for one tooth or an entire gum line
Bone and gum tissue is designed to fit snugly around teeth. Through periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed and pockets develop. Eventually, too much bone is lost, and the teeth need to be extracted.
- Regeneration can deliver positive results – when bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed
- The procedure can reverse some of the damage – through actually regrowing lost bone and tissue
- Disease causing bacteria is removed – by folding back gum tissue
- Your body aids in regeneration – membranes (filters), bone grafts and tissue-stimulating proteins are used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate both bone and tissue.