Periodontal Care at Heninger Dental
All About Periodontics in Orem, UT
Dr. Heninger offers periodontal care for patients in Orem, UT and the surrounding area. Here at Heninger Dental, we treat many periodontal issues and pride ourselves on patient satisfaction. Our treatment recommendations are carefully tailored to individual patient needs, and we limit surgery to when it is absolutely necessary.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Infection and inflammation that affect the tissues and supporting bone of your teeth are known as periodontal disease, some people call it gum disease or “pyorrhea.” Proper periodontal treatment and maintenance are crucial to retaining your teeth. Gum tissue can react by becoming inflamed and red, or receding and exposing root surfaces.
Symptoms are not always obvious and pain may not be a problem. If the periodontal disease progresses and is not treated, supporting bone may be lost causing teeth to shift, loosen and eventually fall out. When this happens, it affects eating, speaking, and your overall health. Appearance may be affected also.
Periodontal disease is an ongoing infection of the gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress slowly in some patients and very quickly in others. Periodontal disease affects one or more of the periodontal tissues: alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments, cementum, or gingiva (gums). The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and it is typically easier to treat, especially in the early stages. Gingivitis that is not treated will most generally progress to the more serious “periodontitis” if not treated.
Periodontal Services Offered in Orem, UT
Early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with nonsurgical therapy. Even in severe cases of periodontal disease, there are nonsurgical therapies that we often recommend before surgery. Some of the periodontal services at Heninger Dental are:
- Arestin: Arestin is a topical antibiotic that treats the bacteria that cause gum disease. It is made up of a powder with thousands of tiny microspheres.
- CloSYS Mouthwash: CloSYS was developed by a leading periodontist. This alcohol-free mouthwash uses a patented formula to rid our mouths of the sulfuric compounds and bacteria that cause bad breath and gum disease. CloSYS promotes healthy gums and a clean mouth.
- Gingivectomy: A gingivectomy is a procedure to remove a portion of the gum tissue from around a tooth or teeth. It may be performed to heal the effects of periodontal disease or to correct overgrown gingiva.
- Guided Tissue Regeneration: Guided tissue regeneration helps to restore lost bone and give the support back to those roots, increasing the chances of a patient being able to keep their natural teeth.
- Gum Contouring & Reshaping: Gum contouring is a minimally invasive oral surgery procedure that gently trims and reshapes excess gum tissue, focusing only on areas where the gums extend too far over the teeth.
- Gum Grafting: Gum grafting is a type of oral surgery that reinforces areas of the gum tissue that have receded, leaving dental roots exposed. There are three different ways a gum graft procedure can work, and Dr. Heninger will determine the right one for you.
- Periodontal Cleaning: What comes after a gum disease diagnosis? With thoughtful treatment and careful maintenance, we can correct the problem and protect your healthy smile.
- Periodontal Splint: One solution for loose teeth is periodontal splinting, meaning that the teeth can be splinted or joined together so that the bite pressure is distributed evenly among them.
- Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planning is a two-part procedure to treat periodontitis. The process may take more than one appointment to make sure that your teeth are clean and healthy.
Why We Love to Help!
The entire team here at Heninger Dental is committed to providing periodontal appointments that are completely anxiety-free. If you live in or around Orem, UT, please consider Dr. Heninger as your new periodontist. We love serving our local community and treat all of our periodontal patients as members of the family. Please give us a call if you believe you may need periodontal treatment. Call (801) 600 6907 or send us an email.