Periodontal Procedures in Peoria
Christopher J. Couri, DDS, MS provides periodontal procedures in Peoria, IL. Call 309-674-4148 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Our goal is always to help our patients maintain their oral health and to care for and protect their natural teeth.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that affect the gums and other supporting tissues of the teeth. If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy.
Periodontists specialize in working around and under the gum areas of the patients mouth. Healthy gums are critical to overall oral hygiene and health. Our practices offers a wide range of services, including non-surgical options.
Oral and maxillofacial pathology refers to diseases of the mouth and the jaw. Treatment options vary based on the patient’s specific needs.
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Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Even distribution of force during biting is an important aspect of oral health. If there are misalignments of the teeth affecting the bite, loose teeth, tight muscles and headaches, and tooth sensitivity or even teeth chipping can result.
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Dental implants offer the best long-term solution for dental restoration. A post is placed in the jawbone to act as the root of the tooth. Then, a crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures can be placed on the post to create an implant.
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Periodontal surgery includes, but is not limited to crown lengthening, soft tissue grafts, and bone grafting. These procedures can enhance your smile by correcting problems like long or short teeth, uneven gum line, receding gums, exposed roots, and indentations in the gums or jawbone.
Crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue and/or bone to expose more of a tooth’s structure. This procedure is performed to allow more tooth structure for a general dentist to secure a crown. Crown lengthening is performed to address a gummy smile, or a smile in which the teeth structure is excessively covered by gingival tissue. A gummy smile may make teeth appear smaller than they actually are. This procedure may be performed cosmetically or may also be performed to help improve gum health.
This procedure is performed when a pocket around a tooth (or teeth) has not responded to other treatments resulting in bone loss and ultimately, tooth loss. Pocket reduction creates a shallow pocket making it diffiult for bacteria to survive and damage bone.
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The LANAP® procedure helps avoid the use of traditional surgery and sutures by utilizing specialized lasers and techniques to remove bacteria from periodontal pockets in the gum tissue.
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Gum grafts are commonly used to treat root exposure resulting from receded gum tissue. Tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth or from gum tissue near the tooth and stitched into the area needing gingival repair.
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Pinhole® Surgical Technique
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique provides a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting for addressing gum recession. This new therapy treats gum recession with no blades, no cutting and no stitches. With this minimally invasive procedure, receding gums can often be corrected with minimal patient discomfort and a rapid recovery and healing time, for improved oral health and a more beautiful smile.
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Bone grafting is the replacement or enhancement of bone around teeth. Bone grafting is performed to reverse bone loss or enhance bone. Bone grafting allows for proper support of dental implants or prostheses.
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A periodontal surgical procedure that regenerates jaw bone and surrounding tissue. This procedure is often performed to protect your existing teeth and the tissues that keep them in place from bacterial plaque.
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Involves placing a regenerative bone grafting material into empty tooth sockets to rebuild bone where an extraction has left an empty, weakened area. This process encourages your body’s natural capacity to regenerate bone.
A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure performed to release the connection of the “frenum,” a connective muscle between two tissues. There are two types of oral frenectomies that are frequently performed on both adults and children for a variety of reasons.
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