From receeding gums to gum disease, Shimoda & Boyesen Periodontics, P.C. is equipped to handle all your periodontic needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes. Read more...
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Our office provides both traditional periodontal surgical treatment as well as laser surgery. During your examination and consultation, Dr. Shimoda and Dr. Boyesen will review the benefits and risks of both types of procedures to arrive at which type of procedure is most appropriate for your unique case.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care. Read more...
Our office has two highly-qualified hygienists, Kathy Schwarz and Lori Kim. Usually, our office alternates maintenance visits with your general dental office to ensure your dental health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing. Read more...
For our surgical procedures, we can coordinate the services of a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) for increased patient comfort. Anti-anxiety and pain medication are introduced into the bloodstream during treatment for a quick effect.
LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) has been FDA-approved in 2004 as another treatment modality for periodontal disease.
Traditionally, periodontal pockets have been treated by surgery, which cuts and removes the gingiva (“gums”) and trims the irregular bone, thus reducing pocket depth.
A tooth is usually indicated for removal due to trauma or disease. When a tooth cannot be repaired due to extensive trauma or disease, an extraction is your best option. Possible additional services (bone grafting) may be indicated depending on the treatment plan to replace the extracted tooth.
Soft Tissue Grafting:
Connective tissue graft and soft tissue allograft
A connective tissue graft is indicated when there is gingival (gum) recession present on a tooth. The gingiva, or gum tissue, covers the bone that holds the teeth in place. Once we see that there is exposure of the root surface, it indicates that bone loss already occurred around the tooth surface, thereby jeopardizing the longevity of the tooth in the mouth. The CTG aims to re-build the foundation in which the tooth resides. Not only does it address the root exposure which can be aesthetically distressing (the tooth can look “long”), it aims to thicken the amount of the tough gum that is resistant to future recession.