Following are some of the procedures that Dr. Krista Lowen uses to treat patients diagnosed with a periodontal (gum) disease. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Dr. Krista Lowen has received extensive training in these areas, including up to three additional years of education beyond dental school. Periodontists are experts in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating gum disease. In addition, they can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help you achieve the smile you desire.
AAP treatment guidelines stress that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis.
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Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.
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If you're diagnosed with gum disease, your periodontist may recommend periodontal surgery. Periodontal surgery is necessary when your periodontist determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment. Following are the four types of surgical treatments most commonly prescribed:
• Pocket Reduction Procedures
• Regenerative Procedures
• Dental Crown Lengthening
• Gum Graft Surgery
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In addition to procedures to treat gum disease, Dr. Layport also performs cosmetic procedures to enhance your smile. Oftentimes, our patients who pursue cosmetic procedures notice improved function as well. Cosmetic procedures include:
If you've already lost a tooth to periodontal disease or other reasons, you may be interested in dental implants—the permanent tooth replacement option. Dental Implants are an excellent option to restoring your healthy smile.
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If you're not happy with your smile, there are cosmetic periodontal and dental procedures available now that could help you achieve the look and smile you want.
Do you have a "gummy smile"? Are your teeth too long? Periodontists today can help you reshape your gum-line to expose your ideal smile. In addition, they can work with your dentist to create the foundation for beautiful crowns, veneers, etc. to be constructed on your front teeth.
If you feel that your teeth are too short and your smile is too "gummy" or that your gum-line is uneven, covering too much of some teeth, while leaving others the right length, a simple cosmetic treatment might be just right for you.
Crown lengthening and gingivectomy procedures remove the excess gum tissue to expose more of the visible "crown" of the tooth.]]]
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