Periodontal disease is often referred to as “gum disease,” and this implies that the majority of the damage caused by this disease affects only the soft tissue. However, this isn't entirely accurate.
In addition to gum tissue damage, periodontal disease also attacks and destroys bone structure and the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. Once periodontal disease has progressed past a certain point, intervention is necessary.
At South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology, we specialize in periodontal treatments that restore your health and stop this disease in its tracks – before it can do additional damage.
What Therapies Are Available?
If you are losing precious bone and connective tissue to periodontal disease, these are some of the treatments we may recommend to protect and restore your dental health:
Guided Tissue Regeneration
When indicated, periodontal regenerative therapy offers a restoration of lost or damaged hard and soft tissue around the teeth. The doctors at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology will discuss various techniques and regenerative materials, including enamel matrix derivative, platelet-derived growth factor, guided tissue regeneration, and bone replacement graft.
Every patient is different and each case is unique, so we take the time to determine the most appropriate solutions in your case and provide you with the information you need to make decisions about your health.
Following tooth extraction, the placement of bone replacement graft into the socket helps preserve and maintain the bone dimensions (width/height) for a favorable future dental implant placement.
This therapy is usually done at the time of extraction or 6 to 8 weeks following the extraction based on the condition of tooth being extracted.
When a ridge augmentation procedure is proposed, the goal is to reconstruct inadequate or missing bone volume to facilitate dental implant placement or enhance ridge form for planned prosthetics (dentures).
What Materials Are Used in These Therapies?
At South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology, we use high-tech, advanced biologic materials in our regeneration therapies, including:
Enamel matrix derivative (EMD) is a biologically prepared material that contains a group of proteins derived from developing porcine teeth. It is used to stimulate and enhance the soft and hard tissue regeneration, including gum attachment, bone formation, and root coverage of surrounding teeth.
Biologically engineered PDGF-bb (platelet-derived growth factor) stimulates wound healing and bone regeneration. It induces cellular events that lead to bone formation and tissue attachment around teeth.
These treatments allow us to restore tissue that has been severely damaged by advanced periodontitis so that we can replace missing teeth and promote healing. By restoring your periodontal tissue, you can have a more comfortable smile and a higher quality of life.
- Board-Certified Periodontist
- Gingivitis & Periodontitis
- Scaling & Root Planing (SRP)
- Osseous Surgery
- Periodontal Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery
- Crown Lengthening
- Periodontal Regeneration
- Dental Implants
- Sinus Procedure
- I-CAT® Cone-Beam CT Scan
- Local Delivery of Antibiotics (Arestin)
- Microbiological Culture & Sensitivity Testing
- Professional Maintenance
- Periodontal Maintenance Care at Home
- Bite Adjustment
- Mouth - Body Connection
- Women & Periodontal Disease
- Periodontal Disease in Children & Adolescents
- Tobacco & Periodontal Disease
- Oral Health During Cancer Treatment
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