This treatment starts with a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line, making sure any pockets that have developed between your teeth and gums are free of bacteria.
We might recommend antibiotics or rinsing with anti-microbials to help stop the growth of bacteria that cause periodontitis. In some cases, Dr. Niakiani places antibiotic fibers in the gum pockets after scaling and planning to control infection and encourage normal healing.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums form, it becomes difficult for us to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients are rarely able to keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. In these cases, surgery can be the answer to restoring periodontal health.
Your bite can become destructive when your teeth show wear, get loose or when we see damage to your jaw joint, or TMJ. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. Therapy can include:
– Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and removing spots of excessive pressure where the teeth come in contact. We do this by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
– Use a custom-fitted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart during the day, night or both. This is called bite-splint therapy.
– Using braces to reposition misaligned or drifted teeth.
– Replacing old, worn out or damaged fillings
– Reconstructing badly worn and damaged teeth