Proper Periodontal Care Is Essential to Your Health
Periodontal disease has been linked to a variety of health issues, which means that periodontal care is an essential factor in your oral and overall health. Dr. Chetan Patil offers outstanding periodontal treatments at Periodontal Associates in Englewood, NJ, to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Our comprehensive treatment options including deep cleanings, gum lifts, and dental implant placement to replace missing teeth. Dr. Patil cares deeply about your comfort, providing sedation options and utilizing advanced tools for the most pleasant treatment experience.
Treatments We Offer
We strive to meet all our patients' periodontal care needs in one location. Available treatments include:
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for gum disease, performed to remove bacteria and improve overall gum health. Scaling removes deposits of plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root planing will smooth the dental roots to make it harder for bacteria to adhere. Antibiotics may be used to control the infection and promote healing. If scaling and root planing does not restore gum health, then surgery may be required.
Flap surgery is a treatment for moderate and advanced gum disease. During this procedure, Dr. Patil gently lifts a section of the gums back. With improved access, he can then thoroughly clean the tooth roots. Once this is complete, he will then place the tissue back in its normal position and secure it in place.
Also known as pocket depth reduction surgery, osseous surgery is necessary for pockets around the teeth that have not responded to other periodontal treatments. Dr. Patil will smooth and reshape the bone to create a shallower pocket, making it more difficult for bacteria to grow. He will clean the tooth roots and trim the gum tissue, which is then sutured closed. Some patients may also require bone grafting or tissue regeneration.
Our comprehensive treatment options can restore and preserve your periodontal health.
A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess gum tissue, which encourages healthy gums and prevents periodontal infection. The procedure can also improve aesthetics. Typically, a gingivectomy is recommended if scaling and root planing or antibiotics are not sufficient at managing gum disease.
Gum recession can result in the exposure of tooth roots and even bone. Gum grafts can restore and protect teeth from the effects of gum recession such as cavities, sensitivity, and even tooth loss. Dr. Patil may use one of several different types of grafts including a connective-tissue graft, free gingival graft, or a pedicle graft. In some cases, Dr. Patil will recommend minimally invasive pinhole gum rejuvenation.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
Also known as the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, this minimally invasive treatment involves no incisions or sutures. It is commonly used to treat gum recession and involves making a small hole in the gums with a needle. Then the soft tissue is loosened with a special instrument and repositioned to cover exposed tooth roots.
If damage, decay, or infection is too severe to be healed with root canal treatment or antibiotics, a tooth may need to be removed. As with all our procedures, Dr. Patil will provide the effective anesthesia for your comfort. Then he will loosen the tooth and gently remove it. Some patients may require stitches.
Root amputations can save a partially damaged tooth from extraction. This procedure can only be performed on teeth with multiple roots, such as the back molars. First, the tooth undergoes root canal treatment to remove the pulp, vessels, and nerves from the infected root. Then Dr. Patil isolates and removes the damaged root. The tooth is cleaned to kill remaining bacteria, and a crown or filling is placed.
Exposure of Canine Teeth
When a tooth fails to erupt from the gums, it is considered impacted. Patients who have canine teeth which have not erupted may sometimes require exposure of that tooth. Through the use of orthodontics and surgery, Dr. Patil can expose the tooth which can then be guided to the correct position in the mouth.
Sometimes, a tooth may not have enough structure for your dentist to secure a restoration. The crown lengthening procedure can help expose more of the tooth so that it can support a dental crown. Also called gum contouring, the procedure may be performed to make the teeth appear larger and more symmetrical, and it can reduce the appearance of a “gummy” smile. Crown lengthening may be done to one or more teeth for restorative or cosmetic purposes.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution for patients missing one, some, or all of their teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jaw. After you have healed, the implants provide a secure foundation for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants are the only restorative option that acts just like your natural teeth to maintain your jawbone health. Dr. Patil also places same-day implants.
Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
Bone grafts are typically used for patients with an insufficient amount of bone to support dental implants. A sinus lift is a type of grafting procedure that involves lifting the sinus membrane and adding bone tissue or synthetic materials. These treatments provide sufficient bone volume so more patients can enjoy the benefits of dental implants.
At Periodontal Associates, we often use lasers to treat gum disease, reshape gum tissue, and help place dental implants. Unlike traditional surgical methods, lasers do not involve any incisions or stitches and significantly reduce bleeding. Laser dentistry also allows for a much shorter recovery period for patients.
A Focus on Your Comfort
We use a variety of sedation options and other methods to ensure that your periodontal treatment is as relaxing as possible. We provide topical anesthetics, nitrous oxide, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Dr. Patil also uses the DentalVibe system, the Wand®, and the Anutra buffering system for more comfortable injections anywhere in the mouth.
Find Out More
As a skilled and experienced periodontist, Dr. Patil offers a full range of the latest treatments to meet all of the periodontal needs of his patients. Contact us online or by phone at (201) 567-7766 today to schedule a consultation.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.