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Dental ImplantsWelcome - Dr Bruce B Wiland DDS MSD - Indianapolis Periodontics and indianapolis dental Implant Surgery - sinus lift, sinus grafting, Indianapolis, Indiana
BridgesWhen there are several teeth in an area that are missing, one treatment option is to have two or more implants placed and an implant supported fixed bridge made. This is a permanent solution that will look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Dental implants do not get cavities and do not crack like natural teeth. When it is needed, you are never without a nice looking temporary to replace the teeth while work is in progress.
VeneersIn some cases your general dentist may work with Dr. Wiland to add restorative treatment to help cover areas of staining. This case was treated with crown lengthening and veneers.
CrownsWhen a tooth is broken or decayed there is sometimes not enough tooth structure present to hold a crown onto the tooth. In other situations there might be decay or another problem under the gum preventing your dentist from accessing this area to repair the problem. A crown lengthening procedure can be performed in these situations to expose more tooth structure. This allows your dentist to get to areas of the tooth he needs to have access to in order to properly correct the problem.
DenturesAt this initial examination appointment we will try to give you a general sense as to the nature of your condition and our ideas as to how we can help you. Upon completion of the examination, we will discuss the conditions present and the type of treatment plan best suited to your needs. Our staff will be available to discuss financial arrangements and insurance considerations as well. A comprehensive report of your condition will also be sent to your dentist. Our goal is to provide comprehensive periodontal treatment in a comfortable, safe and caring environment. Remember that periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay of treatment can cause further bone loss and increase the cost and time of treatment. Failure to have periodontal disease treated will result in losing your teeth. Dentures are difficult to wear and are never as effective as your own teeth. Fortunately, you are taking the first steps necessary to enjoy the benefits of a healthy dentition. To learn more about periodontal disease click here.
Teeth CleaningUpportive periodontal therapy is an ongoing program designed to prevent periodontal disease from recurring in patients who have undergone periodontal treatment. This ongoing phase of treatment will allow Dr. Wiland to assess your periodontal health and make sure infection stays under control. A periodontal maintenance visit is different than a routine dental cleaning. Periodontal maintenance focuses on areas of active or past disease sites in order to maintain the health of the supporting tissues of the teeth. In most cases, the difference lies in concentrated efforts below the gum line in problem areas. This procedure is aimed at removing the external deposits, as well as smoothing rough root surfaces to allow the gum tissues to maintain the current level of attachment to the tooth. These deposits called tartar, or calculus, are made up of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals that are a direct byproduct of your body's metabolism. Periodontal maintenance visits need to be at a 3-4 month interval due to the fact that the bacterial levels often reach an unhealthy level by approximately 12 weeks, enough so to begin to cause deterioration of the supporting tissues. By keeping regular maintenance appointments, you are able to stay ahead of the destruction caused by the bacterial proliferation. The final result is a healthier smile, which has been shown to relate directly to a healthier you.
Fluoride TreatmentFluoride treatment is also beneficial in treating sensitivity. Sensitivity, especially to cold, is a side effect of periodontal treatment. It does improve with time and fluoride treatments can decrease the amount of time needed for sensitivity to improve.
X-raysPanoramic x-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. It is usually one large x-ray. This type of x-ray does not show the detail needed by a periodontist to properly diagnose gum problems or to evaluate the extend of the gum problem.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Osseous SurgeryThe FDA-Approved and patented LANAP laser therapy is a pocket reduction procedure that reduces pockets by establishing a new connective tissue attachment to the tooth at a coronal level. This is a minimally invasive periodontal procedure like no other. In most instances, treatment with the LANAP laser eliminates the need for conventional cut and suture periodontal surgery, also referred to as flap and osseous surgery.
Tooth ExtractionsWhen a tooth is removed, sometimes there is an inadequate amount of bone where the tooth use to be (the tooth socket). A socket bone graft can be done to correct this problem. A socket bone graft or socket preservation graft is a type of bone graft that is done in the extraction socket of a tooth. After a tooth is removed, the socket will not always maintain its shape, but can shrink and collapse. A socket graft provides more bone than what you would otherwise have after the socket heals for 4-6 months. It prevents the shrinking of bone as the area heals and maintains the height and width of bone in the area where the tooth use to be.
Ridge AugmentationA ridge is an area where teeth have been removed. Different ridges are different shapes and sizes. Some ridges are thin and flat, while others are thick and tall. When teeth are removed and a socket preservation graft is not performed, sometimes the area where the teeth were collapses and shrinks resulting in a very small, narrow ridge after it heals. A ridge augmentation can be done in these situations to increase the thickness and height of the bone ridge. Bone grafts purchased from a tissue bank or man-made bone is used with a special membrane. The area heals for about 6-9 months. Implants can then be placed.
Bone GraftingBone grafting, or guided tissue regeneration, is a procedure that stimulates your body to make new bone that has been lost from periodontal disease. This technique can only be used in certain situations. It results in providing more bone strength for your teeth and improving the outlook for teeth that might otherwise have been lost.
Periodontal SurgeryIf all of the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths. This procedure allows you to reach areas to clean on a daily basis that you could not clean before the procedure. If all areas of your mouth are kept clean, then the gum remain healthy and teeth are saved.
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- by emmy22 on 06/25/2010
He did a gum graft for me and it was perfect. Well worth the effort. The results and procedure were better than expected. A+!!
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