Advanced Technologies for Dental Implants & Periodontal Treatment In addition to being board certified in periodontics & dental implant surgery, Dr. Tesmer and Dr. Langston stay on the leading edge of periodontal & implant techniques and equipment. Some of the latest technologies & equipment we use at our office are: LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY (LANAP) LANAP™…

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Sedation Increasingly, patients understand the importance of periodontal treatment for their dental and overall health. Despite this awareness, patients may face the additional barrier to treatment-anxiety about the actual procedure. Although recent advancements in dentistry eliminate nearly all the discomfort involved, many patients are still apprehensive. Thankfully, sedative procedures are available to assist in reducing…

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Frenectomy A “frenum” is a thin band of tissue. There are many frenae in the mouth, such as the strand along the middle base of your tongue, or on the middle inside of your upper or lower lip. An overly short frenum below the tongue restricts tongue movement and affects speech.   Shortened frenae on…

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Gum Recession Treatment With the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PSTTM) Pinhole Surgery uses only a small entry point and avoids any cutting or sewing. What is gum recession? Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural…

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Patient Comfort & Sedation Options Our goal is to provide you with the most advanced treatment possible in a compassionate and relaxed environment. Toward that end, we use the most current periodontal procedures, instruments, medications, and sterilization techniques. Every procedure is done with your comfort and safety in mind. We work closely with your dentist…

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Enhancing Your Smile with Cosmetic Periodontics Healthy gums are an important part of your beautiful smile. We are expert in maintaining the optimum health of your gums as well as their aesthetics. Do you have a gummy smile? A smile is said to be ‘gummy’ if a significant amount of upper gingival tissue (gum tissue) is exposed…

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Soft Tissue Grafting (Gingival Grafting) Functional Soft Tissue Grafting Normally gum tissue surrounds and protects the delicate roots of your teeth. Exposed tooth roots are prone to tooth decay, root canals, discoloration and actual jawbone loss. All of this can lead to tooth loss in advanced cases. Functional soft tissue gum grafting replaces the missing…

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Esthetic Crown Lengthening & Gingival Contouring Sometimes the teeth are quite small in relation to the gum tissue. This can create an unattractive “gummy” smile. An uneven gum line can also be distracting. The gum line, and the bone just beneath the gum line, can be lowered to change the appearance of your smile. This…

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Ridge Augmentation Sometimes after an extraction, a sunken spot or concave appearance will develop in your gum line. This looks unsightly and can also jeopardize the appearance of a bridge that goes over the area. Grafting material can be inserted under the gum to fill out this depression. Ridge augmentation can also be used to…

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Crown Lengthening The “crown” is the part of a tooth visible above the gumline.  Sometimes more of the tooth below the gums must be exposed to fill a cavity near the gumline or place a new crown on a broken tooth.  “Crown lengthening” provides more tooth structure for this to be done.  This helps to…

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