Although gum tissue is often overshadowed by your show-stealing pearly whites, gums are truly the unsung hero of your mouth. Gingival (gum) tissue surrounds and protects your teeth and underlying bone. When gums are firmly attached to your teeth, they form a seal and provide a barrier against infection. Excessive gum tissue (gummy smile) can make you feel embarrassed to smile and negatively impact your quality of life. Too little gum tissue (gum recession) can limit essential oral function and jeopardize your oral health. At Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique & Spa, we offer customized soft tissue periodontal treatments using minimally invasive laser technology, including gingivectomy and crown lengthening in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our innovative treatment methods gently rebalance and restore your dental health and smile esthetics so you can live a functional and healthy life!
Although dental implants have a success rate as high as 98%, a progressive inflammatory condition called peri-implantitis can cause them to fail. At Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique & Spa, we offer LAPIP, which stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure. LAPIP is a modification of the minimally-invasive LANAP protocol. During this procedure, Dr. Patty uses the PerioLase MVP-7 laser to vaporize bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins and titanium post contaminants in soft tissue. Then she removes surface growth with ultrasonic scaler tips and may make modifications to your bone and bite. The laser effectively creates a secure enclosure to protect the area from infection and enables the dental implant to reintegrate with your jawbone.
If you’re grindIn the upper arch, the labial frenum is the tissue that connects your gums to the lip. In the lower mouth, the lingual frenum is located between the base of the tongue and floor of your mouth. Traditional frenectomies require removing the frenum surgically and suturing the site, often resulting in considerable postoperative discomfort. With laser therapy, the frenal attachments are gently ablated and the surgical site is cauterized to prevent bleeding. Removing excess frenum from the upper gums prevents gaps in the front teeth and associated orthodontic problems. In the lower mouth, loosening tight frenum tissue under the tongue enhances mobility and prevents speech problems. While we commonly perform this procedure in pediatric patients, frenectomies in adults are sometimes done to improve overall oral health and smiles. ing or clenching your teeth, have worn-down teeth, or frequently experience jaw pain you may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This can occur for a number of reasons from malocclusion (bad bite), unhealthy oral habits, as well as jaw joint problems. An occlusal adjustment or custom mouthguard may be all you need to restore proper balance, relieve your pain, and maintain your oral health.
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