Periodontal Laser Treatment
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a type of laser treatment that is used to vaporize and remove infected tissue without cutting or incising your gums. Not only is this a more comfortable option for treating a gum infection, it is potentially safer as well. Dr. Choe is one of a select few professionals who has undergone the rigorous training and education process needed to become a certified practitioner.
Dental technology now offers alternatives to the traditional methods of tooth replacement such as dentures and fixed bridges, which are associated with increased complications over time. Research indicates that dental implants yield better long-term results for tooth replacement. With proper care and hygiene, dental implants are an effective, life-long solution for missing teeth.
Receding gum lines can be repaired through a procedure known as gum grafting. This is a surgery that involves taking a borrowed tissue sample and grafting it onto the area where recession has occurred.
While Dr. Choe emphasizes restorative options, sometimes tooth extractions are necessary to preserve the integrity of the patient’s oral health. Extractions are performed on teeth that must be removed due to extensive decay or injury.
Periodontal maintenance is a program which aims to prevent signs of gum disease from growing and spreading to other areas of the mouth and body. This usually involves making a yearly schedule for a periodontal cleanings to be done as a way of enhancing the health of your gums. By treating periodontal disease during the initial stages of infection, you can help to prevent the infection from spreading and preserve the health of your teeth and gums.
A gingivectomy is usually performed when a patient has severe periodontal disease that cannot be cured with scaling and root planning, laser treatment, or other periodontal procedures. Gingivectomies are performed to remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissue and to reduce the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planning is a nonsurgical treatment of gum disease that usually involves the use of ultrasonic scalers and other instruments designed to clean the root surfaces of tartar, or calculus, and plaque deposits that have accumulated.