Maintain a Healthy Smile with Periodontal Treatments
In addition to performing general dentistry procedures, Dr. James Vecchio serves patients with a number of periodontal procedures. Our periodontal procedures are designed to arrest the disease process, improve the health of your gums, and minimize bone or soft tissue loss after gum disease or tooth extractions. Dr. Vecchio uses advanced techniques to perform osseous surgery, gum grafting procedures, and dental bone graft services.
We can keep your gums healthy in the long-term and reduce the risk of recurring active infection with periodontal maintenance therapy. This ongoing program prevents the progression of gum disease to protect and maintain gum and bone health. Periodontal maintenance visits typically occur every three to four months.
We can correct bone loss with a dental bone graft. Bone grafting procedures can restore bone lost to gum disease and improve overall jaw function. Dr. Vecchio may use autogenous, allograft, and xenograft techniques to increase bone volume and density in one or more areas.
We can restore the natural contours of your smile and rebuild lost tissue using ridge augmentation or ridge preservation techniques. These procedures help us recreate the natural contours of the gum and bone tissues following tooth loss. We perform both hard tissue dental bone grafts and soft tissue ridge augmentation procedures at our practice.
If you have a significant amount of gum recession after periodontal disease or other conditions, you may need to undergo a gum graft. The gum grafting procedure can restore the gum line and reduce tooth sensitivity. It can also improve the appearance of your smile. Dr. Vecchio performs connective tissue, free gingival, Alloderm and Perioderm. Alloderm and Perioderm gives patients the tissue graft they need without the limitations associated with taking the graft from their palate. It leads to fast healing and delivers great cosmetic results. at our practice.
Osseous surgery can help patients with moderate or advanced periodontal disease. It may be necessary if scaling and root planing does not control the infection. This procedure decreases pocket depths by removing infected gum tissue, eliminating plaque and tartar deposits from beneath the gum line, and smoothing out the root surfaces and bone.
Dr. Vecchio may recommend a gingivectomy if the gums have not responded to other periodontal procedures and we need to reduce pocket depths around the teeth. It is performed under local anesthesia and involves removing diseased tissue. Dr. Vecchio also frequently does gingivoplasty which is a type of gum surgery to reshape healthy or thickened gum tissue around teeth, usually to improve esthetics or to allow for better hygiene.
Before we consider osseous surgery, we may perform scaling and root planing therapy to help arrest the periodontal disease process. This nonsurgical periodontal procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line to help the gums reattach to the surfaces of the teeth, thereby reducing periodontal pocket depths.
Learn more about our advanced periodontal services, including osseous surgery, dental bone graft procedures and gum grafting procedures to restore receded gums, by scheduling your appointment with Dr. James Vecchio today.