Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS SCALING?

This treatment is done to remove the tartar accumulation on your teeth and gums. These hard and soft deposits harbor bacteria and can contribute to decay and/or periodontal disease. The frequency varies from person to person and it is individualized, but the general recommendation time is every 6 months.

WHAT IS CURETTAGE?

It is a form of deep cleaning where the inflamed and diseased gum tissue is removed and this facilitates healing of the tissues supporting the teeth.

WHAT IS FLAP SURGERY?

Gingival flap surgery is a type of surgical procedure. The gums are separated from the teeth and this allows the periodontist to reach the roots of the teeth and bone. The diseased tissues along with the hard deposits are removed from the bone and root surfaces of the teeth. The gums are folded back and sutured.

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WHAT IS SPLINTING?

The teeth can become loose and mobile due to periodontal disease as a result of loss of supporting bone or heavy bite stress. Periodontal stabilization splints are used to stabilize the teeth that have become loose and make it more conducive for taking up biting forces.

 

WHAT IS PERIODONTAL PLASTIC SURGERY?

Gingival recession or receding gums is the exposure of the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gum tissue and/or retraction of gingival margin from the crowns of the teeth due to a high frenum. A gingival graft, also called gum graft or periodontal plastic surgery is a generic term for any periodontal procedure in which the gum tissue is grafted to cover the exposed roots or to augment the keratinized tissue.