Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy

A beautiful smile starts with healthy gums and bone to support teeth.

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Periodontal Regenerative Therapy

Damage that has been caused by periodontal disease can often be reversed.

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Laser-Assisted Therapy

Dr. Blansett provides minimally-invasive laser periodontal therapy for treatment of periodontitis.

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Periodontal Maintenance

A personalized maintenance program, along with good oral hygiene, can keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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Socket Preservation Bone Grafting

Tooth extraction causes the surrounding jawbone to shrink and remodel as it heals.

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Non-Surgical Therapy

Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment or a preventive measure.

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Functional Crown Lengthening

In order to for a crown, bridge, or deep filling to be successful, there must be enough supportive structure available.

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Frenectomies

A frenectomy is a procedure commonly needed between the upper and lower front teeth and on the tongue.

Oral Pathology / Medicine

Once we have a diagnosis, we can customize a treatment regimen to treat the specific problem.

Periodontal Regenerative Therapy

Damage that has been caused by periodontal disease can often be reversed utilizing procedures that regenerate any lost bone and tissue that support your teeth.

During periodontal regenerative therapy, Dr. Blansett will remove the disease-causing bacteria and the resulting inflammatory / infected tissue from around your teeth.  Once the root of the tooth and the adjacent bone are clean, we can regenerate missing bone by placing bone grafts and growth factors to stimulate new bone and tissue formation.  To do this we use a videomicroscope, with magnification available up to 50X.  We are proud to be one of the a few offices in the world to utilize this technique, and the results speak for themselves.

Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy

Dr. Blansett provides minimally-invasive laser periodontal therapy for treatment of periodontitis.

Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy is gentler and more targeted than the traditional surgical method using a scalpel. As a result, treatment is more comfortable, and there is less trauma and faster healing. Dr. Blansett uses the Fotona Lightwalker® laser to remove diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue intact and bacteria free. The laser cauterizes blood vessels and nerve endings to reduce bleeding and pain. This treatment is ideal for treating mild to moderate gum disease, and avoids more invasive procedures to restore periodontal health.

Periodontal Maintenance

After your periodontal disease is under control, it is important to keep it from coming back. A personalized maintenance program, along with good oral hygiene, can keep your teeth and gums healthy. Adherence to a program of dedicated home oral care and regularly scheduled maintenance therapy visits will give you an excellent chance of keeping your teeth for your lifetime.

The main cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque. Plaque forms continuously, and if not removed with proper flossing and brushing will harden into dental tarter (calculus). Calculus cannot be brushed away and is a nidus of inflammation to the adjacent bone and gum tissue. Periodontal maintenance cleanings remove plaque and calculus, and are typically recommended every 3-4 months to keep your periodontal health as stable as possible.

Tooth Extraction(s) & Socket Preservation Bone Grafting

Tooth extraction causes the surrounding jawbone to shrink and remodel as it heals.  Often, if no bone grafting is done at the time of extraction, there is not enough bone for an implant to be placed once the site has healed.  Ridge preservation grafting is a technique that uses a bone graft to preserve the bone dimensions around an extraction site and makes future implant placement much easier and predictable. 

Teeth that are not repairable need to be removed with as minimal trauma as possible.  Once the teeth are removed, the socket will tend to collapse as it heals due to missing support from the tooth root.  To prevent this a bone graft is placed into the socket to hold the space of the existing bone structure to provide a stable foundation for a future implant.  The bone graft is taken from a cadaver bank to avoid having to harvest bone from an area in the mouth.  As the graft heals, your body replaces the graft material with living bone.  The grafted bone is typically ready to support an implant after 3-4 months of healing.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy (Scaling and Root Planing)

The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a deep cleaning, called Scaling and Root Planing. The objective of this non-surgical procedure is to remove the things that cause gingival inflammation and disease, such as dental plaque and tartar, also called calculus.

Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment or a preventive measure. It is commonly performed on cases of gingivitis and mild to moderate periodontal disease. This therapy, along with good personal oral hygiene and regular maintenance care, can stop the progressive bone loss that results from periodontal disease.

Oral Pathology / Oral Medicine

Oral pathology treatment may involve a biopsy of the involved soft tissue to determine what type of disease process affecting your mouth.  Once we have a diagnosis, we can customize a treatment regimen to treat the specific problem.  Sometimes, a biopsy completed by a periodontist is not the best course of treatment, and a referral to another specialist will be recommended, depending upon the features of the involved tissue. 

The mouth can be subject to multiple autoimmune, malignant, traumatic, and/or chemical injury-related problems just like the rest of the body.

Sometimes these problems manifest as ulcerations that are painful, or sometimes they are painless bumps / lumps and may involve any part of the mouth (tongue, cheeks, lips, gum tissue, palate, etc).  If the involved tissue needs to be biopsied, Dr. Blansett can remove the involved tissue and submit it a pathology service to determine the diagnosis.

Once the lesion(s) are diagnosed, a treatment regimen can be developed as needed to provide ideal healing and prevent (as much as possible) any recurrence of the problem. 

Functional Crown Lengthening

Dr. Blansett may need to perform functional crown lengthening when cosmetic or restorative procedures are recommended for a tooth that has become decayed, is broken below the gum line, or when there is insufficient structure for a tooth restoration procedure. In these cases, Dr. Blansett will need to reshape the gums and supporting bone tissue to make room for a high quality restoration.

In order to for a crown, bridge, or deep filling to be successful, there must be enough supportive structure available.

If the tooth is decayed or broken below the gum line, Dr. Blansett will need to lower the gum and bone levels to expose more of the root surface. He may need to reshape the gums and supporting bone, in addition to trimming back the gum line.

Functional crown lengthening may be contraindicated if the amount of bone and soft tissue removal is too much, and an implant may be recommended. Every effort is made to retain your natural teeth so long as it does not harm the adjacent teeth. Functional crown lengthening is usually healed and ready to have the final restoration(s) placed in 6-12 weeks.

Frenectomies

A frenectomy is a procedure used to remove a fibrous tissue attachment and is commonly needed between the upper and lower front teeth and on the tongue.  This helps prevent recession of the gum line, allows for the spaces in the teeth to be closed orthodontically, and to allow for normal tongue movements and speech. 

Frenectomies are often completed with a laser and there is usually little downtime associated with the procedure(s).  We work closely with both your dentist and orthodontist to make sure maximize their treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

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