What is Periodontal charting? Highlights: 1 A periodontal chart is a graphical tool for organizing all the important information about your teeth and gums. 2 A dental instrument is used to measure in millimeters (mm) the area between the gum and the tooth, called the “pocket.” 3 Your dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant creates a dental chart [...]
Periodontal Debridement When a dentist does a periodontal debridement all the calculus and plaque is removed from the tooth surfaces above the gums. Later on the dentist or dental hygienist may go back and remove the build up of tarter below the gums. This is called scaling and root planing. It is usually necessary to [...]
Scaling and Root Planing, also called deep cleaning. You visit the dentist every six months for your dental check-up and professional cleaning, then one visit the dentist tells you that you have gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that could affect the teeth and supporting bone in your mouth. Plaque [...]
Periodontal Surgery Sometimes with extensive periodontal disease, it is necessary to surgically reflect the gums back slightly and then go in to remove all the plaque and tarter under the gums. The gum tissue is then sutured back at a slightly lower level, so that the periodontal pocket is less.
Dental Extractions Sometimes teeth are too badly decayed to restore. If periodontal disease has caused a tooth to become loose, it might be necessary to extract it also, due to extensive bone loss. Patients might also opt to have a tooth taken out if costs are prohibitive for doing a root canal and crown. Other [...]
Periodontal Bone Graft Sometimes when there is extensive bone loss, due to periodontal disease, it is necessary to replace the bone to strengthen the teeth. This is also done when more bone is needed for a dental implant. The bone used to be harvested from a patient's own hip, but now there are many types [...]
Gingival Grafting When gums have receded around teeth, it can cause the teeth to become sensitive and unattractive. They may even become loose if the progression of the recession (hey it rhymes), is allowed to continue. Dentists can intervene in the process. Usually it is done by a periodontal specialist, called a periodontist. They can [...]
Periodontal Maintenance After any type of treatment is done for periodontal disease, it is usually necessary for your dentist or dental hygienist to spend a little more time and use more diligence in cleaning your teeth. It might even be a good idea to come in more often than just every six months. This is [...]