Areas of Expertise
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is when I remove all the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. I make sure the area is clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. I then begin root planing which smooths the roots and helps the gums reattach to the teeth.
I remove gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth. If your tooth has been fractured or you have a cavity that extends below the gumline, it is my job to provide your treating dentist with enough tooth structure for crown placement.
If your dentist determines that you have periodontal disease that is too severe for them to treat, they will refer you to me for help. Osseous surgery is needed if over time, your gum levels remain high on the tooth but you continue to lose bone. You have a lot of bacteria that grows between the gum and the bone and my job is to remove that bacteria. Osseous surgery is performed in order for me to gain access to the diseased root and bone area. I remove the bacteria and infected gum. This reduces the pocket and allows you to heal and facilitate periodontal health.
Gum grafting involves placing a small amount of new tissue in an area where little or gum tissue currently exists. This procedure can stop further gum recession and possibly cover the exposed root surfaces.
Guided Bone Grafting
This is a surgical procedure that uses a barrier membrane to direct the growth of new bone and gingival tissue at sites with insufficient volumes or dimensions of bone or gingiva for proper function , esthetics, or prosthetic restoration.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
This procedure takes place when a patient presents with a "gummy smile". We will re-contour the gums and provide a more esthetic look for our patients.
Dental implants are the new gold standard for tooth replacement. The titanium implant takes the place of the root of a tooth. After the bone integrates into the implant, an abutment and crown are placed.