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Periodontics


Woman smiling in a dental chairAt Drs. Kaugars, Miller & Beitz Implants and Periodontics of Richmond we specialize in a wide variety of procedures designed to maintain or improve your periodontal tissues. The periodontal (gum) tissues are an important part of your oral health. Our experience and expertise in periodontics allows us to provide high-quality treatments you cannot find anywhere else!

Peridontal Maintenance


The best way to combat periodontal disease is with prevention. If you are at a greater risk for gum disease you may need to pay special attention to your gums during brushing and flossing. Risk factors for periodontal disease include:
•  Smoking and tobacco use
•  Age
•  A family history of gum disease
•  Stress or anxiety
•  Certain medications that restrict saliva flow
•  Bruxism or teeth grinding
•  Poor nutrition

If you are at greater risk for gum disease or exhibit any symptoms, Dr. Kaugars, Dr. Miller, or Dr. Beitz may suggest improved periodontal maintenance. When brushing and flossing it can be helpful to remind yourself why you are doing it. Proper techniques should result in more effective plaque and tartar control.
>> Learn more about periodontal maintenance.

Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)


If we diagnosis you with periodontal disease, you may need a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this procedure is designed to eliminate large deposits of plaque and tartar. After your deep cleaning, your gums should return to a healthy, pink state.
>> Learn more about deep cleanings.

Frenectomy


A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that involves the removal of the lingual or labial frenum. We may recommend a frenectomy to improve the mobility of your tongue and allow for proper speech (removal of lingual frenum). Removing the labial frenum may be necessary to close the gap between the two front teeth.
>> Learn more about a fremectomy.

Extractions


Periodontal disease is an infection that can spread to the innermost part of the tooth, resulting in significant pain and discomfort. We may recommend an extraction if the infection is so severe that the tooth is beyond repair. An extraction can stop the infection from spreading and endangering your surrounding teeth.
>> Learn more about extractions.

Osseous Surgery/Pocket Reduction


Osseous surgery, more often referred to as pocket reduction surgery, is a procedure we perform to rid the gum pockets of bacteria. The surgical reduction of your gum pockets may be necessary if gum pocket depth has reached an unhealthy level. Our team may first attempt cleaning the gums through scaling and root planing, but if the condition does not improve we may suggest this minimally invasive procedure.
>> Learn more about osseous surgery.

Crown Lengthening


Crown lengthening is generally performed in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. In addition, crown lengthening procedures can also be used to correct a "gummy" smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or recontouring bone and gum tissue. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire gumline, to expose a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing smile.
>> Learn more about crown lengthening.

Schedule Your Consultation


If you would like to learn more about periodontics call (804) 285-4867 and schedule your consultation today!