Periodontics in Cambridge, ON
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Periodontal health is essential to your oral health and overall health. Common periodontal diseases and conditions include gum diseases (such as periodontitis, gingivitis, and thrush). Some of the most serious diseases cause the gums to recede. This can expose the tooth roots, leading to tooth loss, infected teeth, and other painful ailments.
Periodontists use a wide range of tools and techniques to treat periodontal diseases and abnormalities, including surgical and non-surgical procedures.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is a non-surgical periodontal treatment used to clean the root surfaces from plaque and tartar. After scaling, root planing helps to smooth out the roots of the tooth so the gums can reattach to the teeth. This treatment is often completed with a local anesthetic.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting is typically done to extend the gum line after the gums have receded. A small portion of tissue is usually removed from the palate or another donor site and transferred to the site of the graft. The graft covers exposed roots and prevents bone loss and further gum loss.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Dental crown lengthening is a common procedure for people with a “gummy smile.” If your gums are too long, a periodontist can remove part of the gums to expose more of the tooth. This procedure may be done to one, some, or all of the gums. It may also be used to enable a dentist to perform another cosmetic dental procedure or restorative dental procedure.
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