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Periodontics & Gum Disease

Periodontics refers to the treatment and maintenance of the structure that supports your teeth - namely, the gums and bone matter. Periodontal disease or gum disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and, if not properly treated, can end with tooth loss due to the degeneration of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. This can be caused by infrequent dental wellness visits, sub par home care, tobacco use, family history of gum disease, heart disease, diabetes, eating disorders, and poor nutrition. There are a variety of treatments for gum disease depending on the stage of disease, how you may have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health.

Gum Therapy (A.K.A. “Deep Cleaning”):

This is a procedure performed by your dental hygienist to remove bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that have reached down below your gum line and started to infect the gums around your teeth. Your hygienist will use a local anesthetic to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire treatment, and focus on cleaning the space underneath your gums.  Sometimes, a person will only have a few localized areas in their mouth that require gum therapy to heal infections, while other times your entire mouth will need gum therapy.

 

Arestin:

Sometimes, for people with periodontal disease, we can place an antibiotic called Arestin below the gumline to help heal the infection faster. If your hygienist thinks it will be beneficial, we’ll recommend this in conjunction with gum therapy.

 

Osseous Surgery:

Osseous surgery is recommended when there is bone loss surrounding your teeth. It is prescribed for people that have not responded to nonsurgical treatment like gum therapy. Osseous surgery is a traditional procedure that eliminates gum pockets by taking away the infected gum tissue and diseased bone.

 

LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure):

LANAP is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Gardner designed for the treatment of gum disease. Through the use of lasers, it can correct the condition and help regrow healthy gum tissue. Due to the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, there is a very short recovery time compared to that of osseous surgery. You can learn more about LANAP on this website.

 

Bone Grafts and Soft Tissue Grafts:

Bone grafts serve as a platform to regrow new bone to restore stability to your teeth. Soft tissue grafts can reinforce thinning gums or areas where gum recession has occurred.

 

Gum Care Visits:

Once your gum infection is under control, it’s very important to come back and see us for gum care visits. Gum care appointments are the equivalent of a “cleaning” for people who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, but even more important. In addition to cleaning the superficial areas on your teeth, your hygienist will pay extra attention to managing your gum infection and ensuring that the results of your previous treatment stay successful.

Experts in Periodontics & Gum Disease:

Lydia J. Gardner, Periodontist, DMD, MS

Specialties
Periodontics, Dental Implants, LANAP laser gum surgery

Dr. Lydia Gardner graduated with an AB in Psychology and a language citation in French from Harvard University. She then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She was inducted into the prestigious OKU national dental honor society which has moral as well as academic selection criteria. Dr….

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What People are Saying

I recently had Periodontist surgery with Dr. Lydia Gardner. She is absolutely amazing!! She is very caring and makes you feel at ease when you are in her care. She gets her own set of 5 stars from me.
Ulysses C.
I was truly a nervous wreck when I had to go. But last week while have my teeth deep cleaned, I fell asleep. At first I thought I was dying because I was getting drowsy and had no pain. It was feeling just that good. And when she said "all done", I opened my eyes and said "Oh snap", I fell asleep for the first time in my life at the dentist." I'm actually looking forward to my next visit.
Gwendolyn B.
I highly recommend this practice. Dr. Gardner is an extremely skilled, highly professional and kind periodontist. She makes every effort to preserve teeth using laser therapy rather than just pushing to extract and implant. I never feel rushed while there, and she explains what she is doing every step of the way. After my last procedure, she even gave me her email and cell phone, so I could call or write with any questions or concerns (and yes, she quickly answered my emails!). The staff is very personable, as well. Periodontal work is no joy, but I could not be happier. It is great to know I have this team on my side!
ZocDoc patient
Very anxious and generally a "dental phobe" - was dreading and frightened prior to the procedure. Dr. Gardner VERY reassuring, calm, smooth, highly professional. Very pleased and relieved with this experience.”
Caroline C
Cailin only performed gum therapy on half my mouth because of insurance purposes. But let me just say, I could really feel the difference immediately afterwards... My mouth down below my teeth felt so clean! It's almost hard to explain. Also I hate shots but she gave me a truly painless shot. and she gave me like 10 probably. Cailin is so so nice and comforting. I since went back and did the other half and I'm shocked at how much visibly cleaner my teeth are and how much healthier my gums look.
Michael H
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