Periodontic Services

Gum Disease - Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the teeth, gums and the bone that surrounds the teeth. It is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Stopping this condition begins with a thorough diagnosis. To identify periodontal disease, we perform a comprehensive examination including periodontal charting and x-rays. If we detect periodontal disease, we will talk with you about treatment options and proper home care to minimize bone loss and restore the health of your gums.

Our approach is conservative. We use the non-surgical method whenever possible, using the latest antibiotic therapy techniques to fight the bacteria causing advanced forms of periodontal disease.

  • Charting and Diagnostics
  • Scaling and Root Planing - Periodontal scaling and root planing is a conservative cleaning procedure removing contamination and infection beneath the gum. Scaling removes deposits of bacterial plaque, calculus and pus that have accumulated in the infected pocket due to periodontitis. Root planing smoothes and cleans the root of the tooth. Dr. Bhoot uses this non-surgical treatment in cases of early to moderate stages of periodontitis. It may reduce the extent for surgical treatment in the more advanced stages of gum disease.
  • Non-surgical treatment - With the use of antibiotics, we provide chemotherapeutic treatment to treat your periodontal disease. We use Arestin, an antibiotic that we administer locally, directly into the infected pockets between your teeth. Usually, we will administer Arestin after scaling and root planing, a common procedure used to treat periodontal disease. We have found Arestin is an excellent treatment for chronic periodontitis, an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. It significantly reduces the depth of infected pockets and helps prevent disease progression
  • Crown Lengthening - is a surgical procedure that involves the gum or bone to be removed. This can occur when decay develops below the gum line due to a failing filling or crown. This can also occur when a tooth breaks off at the gum line. The goal of this procedure is to expose more tooth above the gum line. In order for any restoration to hold, adequate tooth structure needs to present to ensure a proper fitting filling or crown. This may also be necessary when a patient has a very "gummy smile" and excess gum tissue exists and the teeth appear very small.