Periodontal Reconstructive Treatment
Periodontal reconstructive treatment is designed to restore form and function to the gum tissue, periodontal ligament, and the bone that supports your teeth or an individual tooth. The real long-term goal of any periodontal surgery is to increase the life expectancy of the teeth and their usefulness; it is not a cure for periodontal disease. Basically, periodontal surgery removes tissue that has been transformed by the disease and then reconstructs the gums and surrounding tissues to better support the teeth and to recreate a normal appearance.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dr. Lareau will prep and place the dental implant in his office and then you will return to your general dentist to have the final restoration seated.
Crown lengthening is usually performed to improve the health of the gum tissue, prepare the mouth for a procedure, or correct a “gummy smile”. A “gummy smile” is used to describe an instance where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue resulting in a less esthetically pleasing smile. In this procedure, Dr. Lareau will reshape or recontour the gum tissue and bone around the tooth or teeth to create a new gum-to–tooth relationship. Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or the entire gum line.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons including a cavity too large to warrant a crown, problematic wisdom teeth, to make space for orthodontic treatment, or because of advanced Periodontal Disease. Once the tooth or teeth are removed, the space can be filled with a dental implant, bridge, or a partial or full denture.
Dr. Lareau may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed due to periodontal disease. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.
During this procedure, Dr. Lareau folds back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes, bone grafts, or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, this procedure increases the chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chances of other health problems associated with periodontal disease.