Amanda B. Morris, DMD, MS offers an array of periodontal services that will meet all your oral needs. We offer routine care, comprehensive oral exams, periodontal specialized services, and more. From surgeries to laser treatments, we utilize advanced technology and modern treatments options.
During this exam, Dr. Morris focuses on your immediate needs and concerns and then develops a plan to help you achieve a healthy mouth. A periodontal assessment includes an examination of all aspects of your mouth as well as of the temporomandibular joint, head, and neck. The oral exam includes an evaluation of your gums, supporting bone, teeth, bite, and a cancer screening of the soft tissue of the tongue, cheeks, and throat. You will receive a dedicated time of 60-90 minutes during which all information for a diagnosis is gathered including photographs, x-rays if needed, and detailed measurements to develop an individual treatment plan.
Preventive dentistry is dental care that helps maintain good oral health. It's a combination of regular dental check-ups along with developing good habits like brushing and flossing. Taking care of your teeth starts early in childhood and extends throughout the course of your life.
Scaling and Root Planning
In the early stages of periodontal disease, the best treatment option is typically non-surgical care. Plaque that forms on your teeth can become hard and turn into calculus or “tartar” above and below the gums. This tartar creates swelling, redness and bleeding. Dr. Morris and her trained staff can remove the hard deposits to allow your gums and bone to heal. This procedure, called Scaling and Root Planning, is often accomplished with local anesthetics so there is no discomfort, and you can return to your normal routine following the appointment. Antibiotics may be needed to help your body’s immune system heal properly. Afterward, you will be shown a proper technique for preventing the build-up of new plaque and calculus to maintain a healthy mouth.
Patients are often unaware when they clench and grind their teeth. Teeth can wear, shift, and chip away with the forces. The stress can exacerbate bone loss from periodontal disease and limit the healing response. When a patient needs bite therapy, Dr. Morris adjusts the teeth to improve their bite and makes a bite guard to protect the teeth, gum, and bone from excess pressure. Bite guards are made of durable acrylic and cover the biting surfaces of one dental arch. Our bite guards are customized to the unique bite of each patient, unlike the over-the-counter bite guards which are bulky and uncomfortable in comparison. These over the counter “boil and bite” guards can increase muscle activity which can lead to more joint problems. With the use of a custom acrylic guard, patients are often surprised at the level of comfort when their jaws, teeth and muscles are no longer stressed. This can prevent damage to the teeth as well as protect the supporting bone and ligaments of the teeth.
Periodontal disease is often referred to as a “silent disease”, in that the patient rarely is aware of infection. Continued monitoring by Dr. Morris is essential to maintaining periodontal health. This is a shared responsibility with the patient’s general dentist, with alternating visits typically every 3 months. During the hour appointment, the hygienist cleans the teeth with ultrasonic scalers and small instruments and polishes the teeth. Support is offered to help the patient learn how to brush and clean between their teeth. Dr. Morris will examine the teeth and gums for any signs of recurring infection. Early recognition of disease can prevent additional bone loss and tooth loss.
Dr. Morris uses the newest technology to treat periodontal disease without using a scalpel or sutures. This technique uses a Nd-Yag laser to treat periodontal disease with a non-invasive approach that minimizes post-treatment discomfort.
With this technique, a fiber is gently placed between the gums and the tooth. The energy from the light removes the diseased tissue and leaves the healthy tissue unharmed. The laser also reduces the bacteria that are present in the area from the infection. After the area is cleaned the body can heal naturally. Typically, two visits each about two hours in length are scheduled for full mouth laser treatment. The treatment can be done with a local anesthesia, but conscious sedation is offered for a very restful experience. This can be discussed at the time of your consultation.
The cost of the laser is no more expensive than traditional surgery, which can be an advantage. Factors such as the severity of the infection and teeth involved will determine the cost and time involved for laser treatment.
This procedure involves removing tissue or bone covering an impacted tooth enabling the tooth to be moved into your beautiful smile! We work closely with your dentist or orthodontist to coordinate your individualized treatment plan.
Surgically facilitated orthodontics therapy (SFOT) is a procedure that can decrease treatment time for orthodontic care allowing for faster tooth movement. The addition of bone grafting can also aid in tooth movement and position.
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