Here are some definitions of key dental terms to help you become more familiar with dentistry and the services we provide at our offices:
Periodontists have had extensive schooling in handling prevention, diagnosis, and the treatment of periodontal disease, as well as treating oral inflammation. Periodontists also specialize in the positioning of dental implants.
Perio Evaluation comprises of a general evaluation of the gingivae, the supporting bone and other aspects of Periodontium.
A permanent and fixed prosthetic alteration to missing tooth without disturbing any of the adjacent teeth
It is the esthetic scalloping of the gingival margin along the buccal and lingual surfaces of teeth supported by a healthy Periodontium.
Gingival recession can be defined as the apical shift of the marginal gingiva from its normal position on the crown of the tooth to levels on the root surface beyond the cemento-enamel junction.
Surgical augmentation of the deficient bone, that might have been lost due to a traumatic extraction being one of the major reasons, with the help of an allograft or autograft bone graft to aid in the success and stability of an implant.
Soft tissue Ridge Augmentation
It is the soft tissue counterpart of a bone graft mostly for enhancing the final esthetic result of an implant prosthetic restoration. The most common autograft used for soft tissue ridge augmentation is a Connective Tissue Graft harvested from the patient’s palate. Recently, a cellular Dermal Matrix Allograft (ADMA) has been a choice as it avoids harvesting the Connective Tissue from the patient’s palate.
It is a surgical procedure to expose 3-4 mm of the tooth structure by the removal of the supporting bone (ostectomy) to facilitate better esthetic and functional results for a crown.
It is a contemporary alternative to traditional needle and blade periodontal surgical procedures. LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedures) is one of the Laser assisted procedures that could accelerate the postoperative healing for the patient with very minimal discomfort.