A picture-perfect, healthy smile is defined by strong, white teeth; however, it’s important to remember that each and every tooth is attached to your jawbone via your gums, muscles and tendons. Without these soft tissues, you wouldn’t have any teeth at all; there would be nothing connecting them to your mouth.
To protect these soft tissues and keep them healthy, dentistry has an entire branch dedicated to:
Fortunately, our clinic can help maintain your dental health with all the procedures listed below.
If a gum has been damaged by disease, injury or trauma-related tooth loss, it may be necessary to repair it. Specifically, our doctors can re-shape and tighten your gums, returning them to their healthy condition.
Gum Graft Surgery
When a gum is too damaged to repair itself, it may be necessary to use graft surgery. This can be done to cover up exposed roots, recreate missing gum tissue, etc.
Another scenario in which gum graft becomes necessary is gum recession. If a patient’s gums recede to the point that they cannot be restored, gum graft is likely the best option.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing may sound unfamiliar and fancy, but it’s actually very simple, which is why it’s commonly known as “conventional periodontal therapy”. It simply involves gently lifting the gum tissue and cleaning the tooth root underneath it.
Scaling is a standard procedure, because it helps remove the calcified food particles and debris that you can’t reach at home, even with floss and an irrigator. Afterwards, any irritation your gums may have been suffering from will subside and you’ll be able to enjoy a higher quality of life immediately.
Crown lengthening is a simple procedure in which your dentist exposes more of your tooth by operating on your gums. This can be necessary for a dentist to heal your tooth, or wherever a gum has naturally become overgrown. Recovery is about a week on average.
Of course, we also help with all common gum conditions, from gingivitis to periodontitis and beyond. If you are concerned that you or someone else may have gum disease, call us now to get a free quote and/or schedule an appointment instantly. Our number is (732) 290-1660, and our friendly staff is always happy to help you make the right choice for yourself and your family.
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