Plaque, the sticky, almost invisible film that forms on your teeth and causes gum inflammation, can harden and turn into a new material called Calculus.
Calculus is hardened plaque that is firmly attached to the tooth surface above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments. Removing Calculus from the tooth surface above the gum line is called Scaling. When Calculus must be removed from the root surfaces of the teeth, the careful cleaning of the periodontal pockets and tooth root surfaces is called Root Planing.
Sometimes scaling and root planing are not enough to restore the full health of your teeth. Four to six weeks after those procedures, the area will be reevaluated. If infection and bone loss are still present, surgical pocket elimination may be necessary. The surgery allows for the removal of the sources of infection, get rid of any defects of the bone and allow for healthy regeneration of the gums.
Crown lengthening is generally performed in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. It can be used to expose more tooth structure above the gum line for better maintenance of a tooth or it can approve the aesthetic of your smile by exposing more of the tooth surface and deemphasizing the gums.
Every case of gum recession is slightly different. The nature of the problem which caused the recession must be addressed first, and there are many treatments available to do so. While some cases may call for only a professional dental cleaning and follow-up, others may require scaling and root planing. Consultation between our team and your dentist will help determine the best course of action.
Dental implants are much stronger than dentures or bridges, providing a single and permanent solution to lost teeth. We want to restore your smile with beautiful new dental implants that look and function just like real teeth.