PERIODONTAL SERVICES IN WAKEFIELD, RI

Periodontal Services

Healthier gums for a healthier life.

Periodontics and Periodontal Services are highly specialized area of dentistry that treats the area "around" a root.

This is inclusive of gums, bone and the supporting ligaments of your teeth. Some of the more common periodontal services are of scaling and root planing (“deep cleaning”), crown lengthening and dental implants. For periodontal treatment, we have a dedicated periodontal specialist, Dr. Giuseppe Cicero. Dr. Cicero is a World-Renowned Periodontist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and other conditions as well as surgical procedures.

Our services

Periodontal Maintenance Program

Once you’ve been treated for gum disease, you will begin a periodontal maintenance program, which involves a customized treatment plan based on how quickly you develop tartar and your current and past periodontal health. During maintenance visits, our periodontist will perform an oral examination and a deep dental cleaning.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that is used as a first line of defense against gum disease. First, specialized instruments remove plaque and tartar from just below the gum line. Next, the roots of your teeth are smoothed to encourage your gums to heal and reattach, eliminating the periodontal pockets where plaque collects.

Periodontal Splinting

We perform periodontal splinting to support teeth that have become loose as a result of gum disease. This procedure involves using stabilizing wire or ribbon, composite resin, crowns, inlays, onlays, or veneers to stabilize the teeth while periodontal disease is treated.

Arestin

Arestin is an antibiotic that is placed directly into infected periodontal pockets during scaling and root planing. This allows for targeted treatment using microspheres that adhere to the surrounding surfaces and release slowly over an extended period of time.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening can be performed for both cosmetic purposes (to address a “gummy smile”) or to expose more of a tooth prior to crown placement. Excess gum tissue is carefully removed, along with some of the bone that supports the tooth, if needed.

Gum Grafting

We use gum grafting to treat receded gums. Tissue is removed from either the roof of the mouth or from near the affected tooth, then it is stitched to the area that requires gingival repair.

Bone Grafting

If a tooth has been missing for some time, the bone that once supported it begins to break down. This is addressed with bone grafting, which rebuilds the weakened area of the jaw. Bone grafting is often required prior to dental implant surgery.

Pocket Reduction Treatment

Pocket reduction is a surgical treatment for gum disease that smooths and reshapes the affected bone under the gums. We perform this procedure when the pocket around a tooth has not responded to less invasive treatments like scaling and root planing. By reducing the size of the pocket, the risk of infection and damage is reduced.

Bone Regeneration

This periodontal surgical procedure regenerates jaw bone and surrounding tissue to protect existing teeth from the damage caused by bacterial plaque and gum disease. The gingival tissue is folded back, then the disease-causing bacteria is removed and membranes, bone grafts, or tissue-stimulating proteins are used to encourage the body to regenerate bone and tissue.

Ridge Preservation

This simple procedure involves placing bone grafting material into an empty socket either after or during a tooth extraction, encouraging your body’s natural capacity to rebuild bone.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Gum disease is an infection that attacks the tissues and bone that support your teeth. In its early stages, it causes inflammation, redness, and bleeding; as it progresses, it can cause bad breath, discharge, shifting teeth, and eventually tooth loss.

Bacteria causes gum disease. This bacteria may collect because of poor hygiene, or because of another health condition that affects the body’s ability to fight off infection or causes dry mouth.

When gum disease is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it can be reversed before any permanent damage occurs. Gum disease that is more advanced can be treated, but the damage it causes may need to be addressed with additional treatments.

There is no way to treat gum disease yourself; you must see a qualified periodontal specialist.

The most common signs of gum disease include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, bad breath, gum recession, and teeth that feel loose or seem to be shifting in your mouth.

Scaling and root planing is regarded as the gold standard when it comes to treating gum disease, but for some patients, pocket reduction surgery may be needed.

Some risk factors for periodontal disease include gingivitis, poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, hormonal changes, genetic factors, other health conditions like diabetes, and nutritional deficiencies.

First, the active gum disease infection must be treated. Once your infection is under control, restorative procedures may be needed to reverse damage to your teeth, gums, and bone. A periodontal maintenance program will ensure your long-term oral health.

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