Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mild to advanced gum disease, which affects many people at some point in their life.
Scaling and Root Planing
This procedure is done to remove the tartar or calculus from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on the root surfaces are made smooth (planing).
Sometimes periodontal disease can claim the life of a tooth. Other times, teeth are lost due to trauma. When forced to address a missing tooth, we often recommend a dental implant- the most natural looking and stable tooth replacement option available. Consisting of a surgically implanted titanium replacement root and a specially designed porcelain crown, the dental implant imitates the structure and appearance of a healthy tooth.
Oral surgeon Dr. John Pearson works in our Smithfield, NC dentistry office several days each week, which presents multiple benefits to our patients. It prevents you from having to travel outside of our practice to see an oral surgeon. It also ensures the best placement of your implant, as Dr. Oldham and Dr. Pearson can consult on every detail of your procedure to ensure that you achieve the most desirable result.