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Periodontal Treatment

Periodontist Tyler Hendry, DDS

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, and in the placement of dental implants. 

Education

  • Residency in Periodontics, UCLA Periodontics
  • University of California Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery, 2005

What is Periodontal Disease?

The first line of defense against gum disease is a unique type of cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this procedure, an ultrasonic cleaning device is used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth where regular cleaning devices can't reach: under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. Then, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out (planed). This provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily accompanied by a bad breath. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care. Prophylaxis is recommended at this stage.

Periodontitis

If the tissue or bone surrounding your teeth is too damaged to be repaired with non-surgical treatment, several surgical procedures are available to prevent severe damage and to restore a healthy smile. We will recommend the procedure that is best suited to the condition of your teeth and gums. Following is a list of common types of periodontal surgery:

  • Chronic Periodontitis
    results in inflammation within the supporting tissues of the teeth, progressive attachment and bone loss. This is the most frequently occurring form of periodontitis and is characterized by pocket formation and/or recession of the gum. It is prevalent in adults, but can occur at any age. Progression of attachment loss usually occurs slowly, but periods of rapid progression can occur.

  • Necrotizing Periodontal Disease
    is an infection characterized by necrosis of gingival tissues, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. These lesions are most commonly observed in individuals with systemic conditions such as HIV infection, malnutrition and immunosuppression.

Recommended Treatment:

  • Scaling and root planing is a cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Scaling and root planing is sometimes followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials . Arestin, systemic antibiotics, and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis. Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy every 3-4 months to sustain health.
  • LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) Lasers have revolutionized multiple industries, and oral care is no exception. In periodontal laser therapy, Dr. Hendry uses a dental laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. When the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, the root scaling begins. This involves scraping off the calculus and plaque built up below the gumline and around the root. Dr. Hendry then smoothes the root with instruments to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and cause future infections. The area between the gum and the root can then regenerate during the healing process. It is one year program that includes surgery and follow up periodontal maintenance appointments we schedule in advance. Watch this video for more info
  • Traditional osseous surgery - gum flap surgery, when the gum tissue is cut and flapped back to allow deep cleaning around the roots underneath. The gum tissue is then sutured back into place to heal. 
  • Other procedures: gum grafting, crown lengthening, bone grafting.