Clinical Services

What Is A periodontist?

Periodontists are qualified Dentists who have an additional three years of education and specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. They also perform dental implant surgery and cosmetic periodontal procedures to help improve a smile. Mountain View Periodontist Dr. Timothy Wu will work closely with your Dentist to manage your oral health.

Periodontists are often considered the plastic surgeons of dentistry. If you are looking to improve your smile, a Dr. Timothy Wu is able to help you.

Periodontal Treatments

Non-Surgical Treatments

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is a meticulous cleaning of the root surfaces to remove bacterial plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Adjunctive therapy such as systemic antibiotic coverage, local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation may be needed to enhance clinical outcome. Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limitations. When it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal health.

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Surgical Treatments

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a proven solution for people who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, trauma or injury, or any other reason.

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Gum Graft Surgery

Gum grafts are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay.

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Regenerative Procedures

Mountain View Periodontist Dr. Timothy Wu may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed due to periodontal disease. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.

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Dental Crown Lengthening

In many cases of dental decay, tooth fracture, or even in instances where an individual has “short” teeth, crown lengthening may be prescribed.

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Periodontal Pocket Reduction

As the bacteria that cause periodontal disease release toxic substances, they trigger the breakdown of gum and bone. The gum then separates from the teeth, forming gaps that are called periodontal pockets.

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CO2 Laser

Advantages of treatment of gum disease and periodontal surgeries with laser procedure:

1. It is less invasive and take less treatment time. It does not require as much local anesthesia as traditional surgery does. Some procedures with laser take 1/3 less chair time time than traditional procedures.

2. Often, laser treatment does not require cutting and suturing and leads to minimal or no tissue scarring after healing.

3. There is less bleeding, less swelling  less recovery period and less discomfort than with standard surgery after the procedure.

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