Periodontal Therapy

What is Periodontics and Periodontal Therapy?

Our teeth are supported by bone and tissues (including gums and ligaments) around it. Bacteria can penetrate these areas causing inflammation and when left untreated can lead to disease causing the bone and tissues to breakdown and eventual tooth loss. Periodontics is a dental specialty. Your periodontist has received extra training beyond dental school (a 3 year residency from an accredited university) in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease. Dr. Camacho is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a recognized specialty of the American Dental Association and is Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery. Therefore, your periodontist is trained in the latest techniques/therapies/treatments in combating this disease.

What is Periodontal Disease, How Did It Develop, and How Can I Prevent It?

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What Surgical Periodontal Therapies Do Our Doctors Perform?

-Scaling and Root Planing: This procedure is often known as a "deep cleaning." For periodontitis patients, it is necessary to remove the infection. When left untreated, periodontal bacteria form plaque and can harden into tartar on the teeth and below the gum-line. Therefore, a deep cleaning will be performed to remove the source of the infection.

-Routine Maintenance: Just like many chronic diseases, periodontal health can be improved with proper care and monitoring. While you will still have the disease, you can keep it in check. Routine periodontal maintenanceis important in order to make sure the infection stays under control. Therefore, your doctor will work with you about a routine maintenance program.

What is Periodontics and Periodontal Therapy?

-Laser Periodontal Therapy: This is an alternative to traditional periodontal therapy. Using a specialized laser, your doctor will destroy invading bacteria while also eliminating diseased tissue. This action encourages the body to heal by reattaching tissues to the teeth and in some cases can potentially regrow bone.

-Pocket Reduction Surgery: This is a surgical treatment performed in order to reduce the gap size between the teeth and bone. By reducing the gap size, it eliminates potential areas for the bacteria that cause the infection to bind to and cause disease.

-Tissue and Bone Regeneration: When gums and bone have been destroyed, our doctors can perform both types of grafting procedures.

-Dental Implant Placement: Please click here for more information on dental implants.