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Periodontal Conditions Treated

Dr. Berg is concerned with helping you prevent he onset of gum disease (periodontal disease).  During your exams and treatment we will be looking at and diagnosing conditions affecting the gums and jawbone, and treating gingivitis, periodontitis and bone loss.  Periodontal disease is a progressive condition and the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world.

Dr. Berg is able to treat mild, moderate and advanced gum disease by first addressing the bacterial infection at the root of the problem, providing periodontal treatment, then providing information and education on good oral hygiene and the effective cleaning of the teeth.

The most common periodontal conditions treated are:

  • Gingivitis – This is the mild inflammation of the gums which may or may not be signified by pain and bleeding.

  • Mild/moderate periodontitis – When the pockets between the teeth and the soft tissues are measured to be between 4-6mm it is classified as moderate periodontitis (gum disease).

  • Advanced periodontitis – When the pockets between the teeth and the soft tissues in general exceed 6mm in depth, significant bone loss may occur; causing shifting or loss of teeth.

  • Missing teeth – When teeth are missing as a result of bone loss, implants (prosthetic teeth) may be placed.  These teeth are anchored to the jawbone and restore functionality to the mouth.

Treatments Available for Treatment of Periodontal Disease

A wide range of treatments to halt the progression of gum disease, replace missing teeth and make the appearance of the smile more aesthetically pleasing:

    Implant placement – When a tooth or several teeth are missing, dental implants help create a natural-    looking replacement by anchoring a prosthetic tooth to the jawbone.

  • Osteoplasty (hard tissue recontouring) – Once periodontitis has been treated, the hard tissue may be recontoured to make the smile both natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Gingivoplasty (soft tissue recontouring) – As gums recede due to periodontitis, the teeth may appear longer; causing a “toothy" smile.  We can remove tissues or straighten the gum line to make the teeth look more even.

  • Bone grafting – Dental implants can only be positioned if there is sufficient bone to attach the prosthetic tooth to.  If bone loss has occurred, bone grafting is an excellent way to add or “grow” bone so that an implant may be properly secured.

  • Deep pocket cleanings – As gingivitis and periodontitis progress, it becomes more difficult to cleanse the pockets between the soft tissues and the teeth.  The dental hygienist or dentist can scale and root plane the teeth (sometimes under local anesthetic) to remove debris and infection-causing bacteria.

  • Crown lengthening – In order to expose more of the natural tooth, some of the surrounding gingival tissue can be removed.

Dr. Berg is a highly skilled dental health professional who is able to diagnose and treat many commonly occurring soft tissue and bone problems in the oral cavity.

Be sure to ask us if you have any questions or concerns.

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