When you need periodontal surgery and maintenance with an in-office gum specialist, you can trust the team headed by Drs. Robert Neighbors and Brian Herod in Midlothian, VA. Every member of the office is passionate about offering the highest level of quality care for patients in need of gum disease diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance.
Set aside time for an examination with Drs. Neighbors and Herod to address your periodontal needs.
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Joy Moretti as our implant and periodontal specialist. She provides over 20 years of experience and specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease. Having her in-office expertise makes us unique, in that treatment can be seamlessly coordinated and our patients never have to leave the practice to see an implant or gum specialist.
Why Would a Patient Require Periodontal Surgery?
In its early stages, gum disease can be treated – and even reversed – with routine dental cleanings. Sometimes, however, gum disease progresses to the point that gum tissues, jaw bone, and teeth have become damaged. At this point, surgical intervention may be recommended to lessen the likelihood of further damage or tooth and bone loss.
Periodontal surgeries are performed in-house under appropriate levels of anesthesia to ensure patient comfort during the procedure. The ultimate goal of any periodontal surgery is to mitigate the damage already done and stop more damage from occurring.
What Is Periodontal Maintenance After Periodontal Surgery?
Periodontal maintenance involves a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. These appointments are held in conjunction with routine check-ups, and may occur up to four times annually. During the cleanings, the periodontal pockets (spaces between the gums and teeth) will be checked and cleaned. By removing plaque and calculus below the gum line, hygienists can help reduce the risk for harmful bacteria and halt periodontal disease.
At your appointment, your doctor will take low dose radiation dental x-rays, assess existing restorations, evaluate areas of tooth decay, and perform an oral cancer screening. Your dentist will also make suggestions for at-home oral hygiene practices and aids, such as electric toothbrushes, special mouth rinses, fluorides, and more.
Give Your Mouth Something to Smile About
It can be overwhelming to hear that you have gum disease, but you can successfully manage your condition with periodontal surgery and maintenance appointments.
Set your next visit today by calling (804) 794-8745. Be sure to report any changes in your oral health such as lose teeth or bleeding, swollen, or tender gums.