Laser Gum Surgery
Traditional periodontal treatments of old used to mean surgically opening the gums surrounding one’s teeth to access and remove plaque and tartar build up. This type of gum exposure would often cause the patient’s teeth to be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, as well as give them the appearance of elongated teeth.
Laser periodontal treatment, on the other hand, removes inflamed gum tissue without requiring any incision in the gums. The FDA-approved laser treatment only targets dark pigmented objects, like the bacteria that causes gum disease, killing bacteria within the tissue without damaging the tissue itself.
At the office of Dr. Jay Akef, we have all the latest dental tools and technologies, including this LANAP laser treatment, Piezotome scaler and CAT scans to ensure your gum surgery is as seamless and pain-free as possible.
When periodontal disease hits, it destroys the gum tissue and bone surrounding one’s teeth, leaving deep pockets in which bacteria settles. As bacteria accumulates under the gum tissue, more bone and tissue loss occurs, which can lead to shifting or missing teeth that may fall out or need to be extracted.
Osseous surgery is a dental procedure that is surgery is used to treat moderate to severe periodontal disease. The procedure involves reducing the size of the deep pockets between the teeth and gums in order to control the bacterial infection. This is done by folding back the gum tissue surrounding the infection, removing the disease-causing bacteria, and replacing the gum tissue back in place. At the same time, any bone that has been damaged by the infection is smoothed out to reduce the number of areas where bacteria can settle and hide.
Osseous surgery is performed by your periodontist under local anesthetic, and there should be no disruption in the patient’s daily life.
Crown lengthening is a procedure that involves reshaping the supportive gum and tissues around one’s teeth. Although crown lengthening can be used as a cosmetic dental procedure to enhance the appearance of teeth that appear too short, too long or uneven, it also used to repair teeth that are fractured or decayed beneath the gum line.
Whether for enhanced function or aesthetics, crown lengthening can go a long way to improve the health and appearance of one’s smile.
A tooth extraction is simply the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are commonly prescribed when a primary tooth is preventing the growth of a permanent tooth, when a tooth has suffered from irreparable decay or trauma, or if the tooth is impacted, such as in the case of wisdom teeth. Extractions can be performed either surgically or non-surgically under mild anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the extraction.
Wisdom teeth extractions – or extractions of the third molars – are common procedures that are performed during one’s late teen years when there is insufficient space in the jaw for these teeth to break through fully or erupt at all. When there is not enough space for the new teeth to come through, the rest of your teeth become impacted, which can damage or crowd adjacent teeth.
In some cases, the area beneath one’s gumline surrounding wisdom teeth become inflamed and create a sac of liquid around the tooth root. If this condition is allowed to advance, it can become infected, causing a cyst or abscess and cause serious damage to the tissue, teeth and underlying bone.
To prevent further damage to one’s existing teeth, your dentist may suggest the extraction of one, some or all of your wisdom teeth.
No matter what surgical procedure you are in need of, our expert team at Dr. Akef’s dental office has the training, cutting-edge equipment, and longstanding experience needed to get the procedure done right with minimal discomfort or disruption to your daily life. If you feel that you are in need of any of the above-mentioned procedures, contact our office today to schedule your appointment so we can have you in, out and on your way to a healthier smile!