At Pristine Periodontics and Implants, our goal is to provide patients with appropriate care for their specific oral health situation. As an experienced periodontist, Dr. Sayed is uniquely trained to treat all forms of gum disease and offers more advanced care for patients suffering from late-stage periodontal disease.
How is Treatment Determined?
Creating the appropriate treatment strategy for each patient starts with an in-depth consultation with your Birmingham periodontist. If you’ve been referred to our office by your general dentist, we’ll coordinate follow-up care with them as well to ensure consistency between both teams.
Our primary goal is to clear out the source of infection and restore gum health to its best state. This is typically determined based on the severity of your condition. For mild to moderate cases of gum disease, we are often able to restore your smile with non-surgical gum disease treatments. However, more serious cases will require more advanced combination treatments. As a specialty dental office focused on periodontal health, Pristine Periodontics offers a wide range of non-surgical and surgical treatments to patients throughout the greater Birmingham, MI community.
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatments
Just as the name implies, these solutions do not require surgery and are typically completed in combination for the best results. Often, non-surgical treatments are best when applied to patients with mild to moderate gum disease who have not experienced severe gum recession or damage to the connective tissue. These treatments include:
Conducted every three months rather than six, professional cleanings help prevent plaque from accumulating around and below the gum line and triggering a flare-up. As a non-invasive treatment, these routine maintenance cleanings give Dr. Sayed the opportunity to monitor your gum disease and provide additional care as needed.
Scaling & Root Planing
While professional cleanings focus on removing plaque above the gum surface, this form of deep cleaning uses specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line and to smooth out rough spots on tooth root surfaces. This treatment makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate in these hard to reach areas. Cleaning these areas can also improve the chances for your gums to reattach to teeth, ultimately reducing your risk of relapse.
To help ensure your smile stays disease-free, our periodontist may prescribe an oral or topical antibiotic to treat any remaining bacteria post-deep cleaning. This helps prevent flare-ups and protect your smile during recovery.
Surgical Treatment for Gum Disease
In cases of severe periodontitis, the condition has progressed to the point where more complex care is necessary in order to restore health and function to the dentition. Often, surgical treatment is recommended when the periodontal pockets are deeper than 5 millimeters or severe gum recession and bone deterioration has occurred. Surgical treatments available at Pristine Periodontics include:
Flap Surgery (Pocket Reduction)
During this procedure, small incisions are made in the gums to expose the roots of teeth that have been compromised by gum disease. This gives our periodontist better access to damaged tissue beneath the surface, allowing him to clean out infected tissue, bacteria, and decay from the roots and bone surfaces. Once the area has been cleaned, Dr. Sayed will suture the gums as close as possible to the teeth, reducing the size of the pockets.
Bone and Tissue Grafts
Bone and gum recession are common side effects of advanced periodontitis that can have a lasting impact on the long-term health and function of your smile. To restore these important components of your smile, our periodontist offers bone and gum grafts to reinforce bone density and cover exposed tooth roots. For the best results, we use guided-tissue regeneration to prevent gum tissue from filling the area while the bone is in recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
Regaining a healthy smile after gum disease requires proactive treatment. Whether you’re just noticing the symptoms or have been told you need to seek treatment immediately by your dentist, our Birmingham periodontal office is here to help you restore health and function to your smile. Call Pristine Periodontics today to get started.