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PeriodontalSurgeryAllowsustoAccessDeepSurfacesforPlaqueRemoval

All treatments for periodontal (gum) disease focus on one goal — to remove any bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that are at the heart of the infection. Plaque is a thin surface film of food particles and bacteria that cause gum disease.

Plaque builds up on tooth surfaces due to inadequate oral hygiene. And as the disease progresses brushing and flossing won’t be enough — you’ll need our services and specialized equipment to fully remove the plaque and calculus. The basic technique is called scaling in which we remove plaque and calculus manually from tooth surfaces above and just a few millimeters below the gum line.

As the disease develops, though, the slight natural gap between teeth and gums may begin to increase to form voids known as periodontal pockets. Filled with infection, these pockets can extend below the gum line onto the roots of the tooth. If the pocket extends more than 4 millimeters, basic scaling may not be able to remove all of the plaque and calculus.

Periodontists (dentists who specialize in the treatment and care of gum tissues) can perform a surgical method to access these deeper areas. Known as flap surgery, this procedure aims not only to reach and disinfect periodontal pockets and root surfaces, but also repair damaged gum tissue and create a better environment for future hygiene and treatment.

As the name implies, we create an opening in the gum tissue with one side remaining attached to the gum structure — much like the flap of a paper envelope. Through this opening we’re able to reach areas to remove plaque and calculus, as well as install both bone grafts to regenerate lost bone and growth factors to stimulate tissue growth. Once finished, we stitch the flap back into place with sutures and, in many cases, place a moldable dressing to protect and hold the flap secure while the incision heals.

This relatively minor procedure can be performed with local anesthesia and requires only a few days of recuperation. The results, though, can provide long-term benefits — reduced infection, better bone and gum health, and a more conducive environment for future maintenance of health — that could save your teeth and your smile for many years to come.

If you would like more information on treatments for gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Flap Surgery.”


Regular examinations and cleanings are crucial in finding dental problems before they become a toothache. However, some patients dental servicesput off seeing their dentist until their early stage cavity or other small dental issue becomes a painful toothache. Access to affordable dental services can help avoid this problem, giving patients a realistic way to deal with their dental issues. Find out more about the affordable dental services offered at Brilliant Smiles Dental Company in Delray Beach, FL with Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin.

Dental Services in Delray Beach, FL

  • Crowns and Bridges: Porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges are crucial in restoration dentistry. Porcelain dental crowns cover a tooth to protect it and strengthen it, often in the case of a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal. Bridges replace a missing tooth and are held in place with a dental crown on either end.
  • Dental Fillings: Dental fillings are the most common dental procedure. Dentists use fillings to treat tooth decay in its early stages before it reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve. Fillings are often tooth-colored but are also sometimes made from other materials like metal.
  • Dental Implants: A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option which uses a surgical procedure to place a titanium post into the jawbone. This post, called a fixture, replaces the tooth’s root to stimulate the bone and prevent bone atrophy in addition to holding the replacement tooth in place.
  • Sealants: Dental sealants are a preventative procedure which helps decrease the chance of tooth decay. The sealant itself is a thin coating of a plastic material, brushed onto the tooth’s natural grooves and pits to increase the surface area. Bacteria and food particles cannot become trapped within the grooves, making it easier to brush away these decay-causing factors.
  • Professional Teeth Cleanings: Regular teeth cleanings help prevent tooth decay and gum disease by removing decay-causing elements like bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth. Teeth cleanings take place as a standard part of regular dental examinations. Patients should see their dentist twice a year for examinations and cleanings.

For more information on these dental services and more, please contact Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rodriguez today!


By Brilliant Smiles Dental
June 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?




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