Periodontal Care Can Protect Your Oral and General Health
A board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ardeshir Raghian offers complete periodontal care at his Winnetka, IL, office, including root planing and scaling, soft tissue and connective tissue grafts, crown lengthening, and gum contouring. The health of your gums plays an integral role in both your oral and physical health, so it is important to care for them properly. While the general goal is to prevent the need for these types of procedures, if problems such as gum disease arise, we offer safe and effective treatment.
Periodontal Treatment at
Winnetka Dental Care
We offer an array of periodontal treatments to restore the health of your gums and guard against the development of more serious conditions. Common procedures include:
Root Planing and Scaling
Root planing and scaling, also known as a deep cleaning, helps to restore your periodontal health in the early stages of gum disease. This treatment is usually necessary once the gums have begun pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria thrive. The scaling portion of the cleaning removes deposits of tartar from the teeth. The root-planing portion smooths the surface of exposed roots to discourage bacteria from accumulating in the future. This treatment is typically combined with antibiotics to completely eliminate the infection.
Soft Tissue Grafts
A soft tissue graft is often necessary for patients whose gums have begun to recede as a result of gum disease. Gum recession can leave the roots of your teeth exposed and damage the surrounding bone. Exposed tooth roots can not only detract from your appearance, but they can also cause severe sensitivity and eventual tooth loss. To perform a soft tissue graft, Dr. Raghian will place donor tissue in recessed areas. If needed, he is also able to perform connective tissue grafts.
The health of your gums plays an integral role in both your oral and physical health, so it is important to care for them properly.
Crown lengthening is a common procedure performed to expose more of a tooth before it is repaired with a dental crown. Also known as gum contouring, crown lengthening is also used to eliminate excess gum tissue that causes a “gummy smile," creating a more balanced and attractive appearance.
Osseous surgery is performed on pockets in the gums that have not responded to other treatments, such as root planing and scaling or soft tissue grafts. The aim of osseous surgery is to help you retain your natural teeth. The procedure involves a thorough cleaning and smoothing of the root surface and the bone. The gum tissue is then gently trimmed to reduce the pocket size.
Frenulums in the mouth include a small piece of tissue under the tongue and the tissue connecting your upper gums to your upper lip. A frenectomy is a common procedure for patients who have trouble speaking, swallowing, or eating properly. This procedure is also performed in patients with gum recession.
A gingivectomy is a preventive procedure for patients who are in the earlier stages of gum disease. This procedure removes gum tissue to eliminate deep pockets harboring bacteria. In doing so, we can prevent damage to the bone. This procedure removes the affected gum tissue and reshapes the area to make bacteria growth more difficult.
Schedule Your Appointment
Dr. Raghian can create a customized periodontal treatment plan to restore your gum health and meet your unique goals. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment and learn more.
“We want to design a custom treatment plan that will make your smile shine.” Dr. Eddy