Periodontal Procedures

Quality Periodontics and Dental Implants In Wilmington, DE

Delaware Periodontics is proud to be the leading periodontal practice in the greater Wilmington and Dover, DE area. Dr. Bradford L. Klassman and his staff have more than 40 years of experience in the periodontal and dental implantology industry.

Being experts in the periodontics field, they know how to use the latest state-of-the-art technology to treat patients effectively with these dental needs. We are the only practice in Delaware to offer in-office CAT scan with three-dimensional imaging for implant planning.

Please read the information below to find out how periodontal procedures can improve your smile and oral health.

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation with Dr. Bradford L. Klassman, the doctor will examine you and evaluate your periodontal health before a specific treatment recommendation can be made. Depending on the nature of your periodontal problem, it is possible that treatment can be initiated at your first visit.

If your dentist has given you X-rays, please bring them with you to this visit. If not, it is because more current, specific X-rays need to be taken at our office.

Important reminders

  • Please bring all dental insurance information.
  • If you must reschedule your appointment, please call the office at least 48 hours in advance.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by an infection started by bacteria, which live in plaque between your teeth. The infection causes the destruction of the bone that anchors your teeth. Left untreated, the disease accelerates because you cannot remove the bacteria as it spreads deeper into the crevices (or pockets) between your gums and teeth. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Periodontal Care

Periodontal treatment is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and the regions of your jawbone, which hold your teeth in place. Retention of your teeth directly depends on proper periodontal care and maintenance.

Healthy gums enhance the appearance of your teeth. When your gums become unhealthy, they can either recede or become swollen and red. In the later stages of periodontal disease, the supporting bone is destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen, or fall out.

These changes not only affect your smile, but they can also affect your ability to chew and speak.

Pocket Recording Treatment

Pocket recording treatment usually consists of a deep scaling to remove bacterial plaque and tartar (also called calculus) from under your gums. Surgical therapy may be needed to provide access to the roots of your teeth so the bacteria can be completely removed. Surgical therapy is needed to eliminate pockets, regenerate bone loss, and create an environment that can be kept clean.


 

Localized Gum Recession Treatment

The thicker, pink gum tissue that surrounds the base of the tooth is called attached gingiva because it is bound to the bone and root surface by strong fibers (ligaments). This gum tissue acts as a barrier to prevent bacteria from causing infection and inflammation that destroy the bone anchoring the teeth in your mouth.

This attached gingiva can recede and become thinner or disappear completely for a number of reasons. When this occurs, it is important to replace the missing attached tissue as soon as possible to prevent bacterial infection, bone loss, and eventual loss of the affected teeth. It is important to treat the problem early, since successful treatment becomes more complex and uncertain, as increasing amounts of tissue are lost.

In some instances, the exposed root surface can be covered again. Treatment usually consists of placing a gum graft over the defect. The procedure involves taking a small piece of gum tissue from the roof of your mouth and placing it over the exposed root surface. The procedure takes about one hour and requires only local anesthesia (Novocain).

Crown-Lengthening Treatment

Crown lengthening is required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration, and the edge of that restoration is deep below the gum tissue and not accessible.

Crown lengthening involves adjusting the levels of the gum tissue and bone around the tooth to create a new gum-to-tooth-to-bone relationship. This allows us to reach the edge of the restoration, ensures a proper fit to the tooth, and provides enough tooth structure so the new restoration will not come loose in the future. It also enables you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss.

Some other periodontal treatments include MAG Lower Molar and Premolar Recession (for tightening gums) and Lateral Pedicle Graft Lower Premolar (for covering up exposed roots).

MAG Lower Molar and Premolar Recession

Lateral Pedicle Graft Lower Premolar

Contact Your Local Dover, DE Periodontics Today!

Conveniently located in the greater Wilmington and Dover area, Delaware Periodontics offers quality treatments in periodontics and dental implantology. Our office is welcoming and relaxing, with convenient hours of operation and a friendly office environment.

Please contact us at (302) 658-7871 if you would like to schedule an appointment!