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Cosmetic Gum Procedures

If excessive gum tissue is detracting from your appearance, we can perform gum contouring to create a beautiful frame for your smile or use crown lengthening to expose more tooth surface. For patients with gum recession, we can use connective tissue grafts to improve the aesthetics of their smiles

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Pediatric Care

At Modern Periodontics, we proudly treat both children and adults. When working with children, we can uncover impacted wisdom teeth with minimal discomfort or examine gum health to give clearance before braces or oral surgery. To help your child maintain optimal oral health at home, we can also demonstrate proper hygiene techniques.

Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal surgery is performed to treat advanced cases of gum disease and prevent the need for tooth extraction. Dr. von Lackum is committed to conservative surgical techniques, and she will never recommend surgery unless it is necessary. Using our Piezosurgery® tool during periodontal surgery allows for a safer, more comfortable procedure.

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Bite Therapy

Uneven pressure across a dental arch caused by an improper bite can lead to dental damage and a range of concerns while also increasing a patient's risk of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Fortunately, Dr. von Lackum can perform a complete occlusal analysis and develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.

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Bone Grafting

After losing a tooth, the surrounding area of the jawbone will begin to recede, which can eventually preclude patients from receiving dental implants. Fortunately, Dr. von Lackum can perform several types of bone grafting — which involves taking healthy bone from an area of the body and transferring it to the jaw — to restore necessary strength for future implant placement.

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Sinus Augmentation

Sinus augmentation is a type of bone grafting that is performed on the upper jaw. Dr. von Lackum uses the Piezosurgery® tool to perform these procedures with increased safety and comfort. During treatment, she will enhance your bone structure to create a strong foundation under your sinus passages that can provide necessary support for dental implants.

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Guided Tissue Regeneration

When periodontal disease results in bony defects or pockets of bacteria developing around teeth, Dr. von Lackum can perform guided tissue regeneration to correct this concern. This procedure involves using artificial membranes to create a barrier between unwanted tissue, allowing for new bone growth and improved tooth stability.

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Frenectomies

A frenulum is a special flap of connective tissue. Humans have two — one that connects the upper lip to the gum line, and one that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A frenectomy is performed to modify a frenulum when it contributes to gum recession, the formation of gaps between teeth, and other concerns.

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Scaling and Root Planing

Also known as a “deep cleaning,” scaling and root planing is one of the most common treatments for mild to moderate gum disease. Using gentle techniques and advanced tools, Dr. von Lackum will remove pockets of bacterial from below the gum line and smooth rough spots on dental roots to prevent future periodontal concerns.

Sedation Dentistry

Dr. von Lackum and her facility are Parenteral Conscious Sedation Certified. We offer both oral and intravenous (IV) delivery of sedation medicines in order for patients to undergo the recommended procedure with little or no discomfort. You may remember little or no details of the entire procedure, including the injections. If you will be receiving IV sedation, please follow these instructions on the day of surgery: 1) Do not EAT or DRINK anything at least six hours before your surgery appointment unless given special instructions. 2) Take your regular medications. 3) An adult relative or friend must remain in our office throughout the surgery, accompany you home, and stay with you for the rest of the day. Do not plan to drive a car or return to work until the next day following IV sedation. 4) Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing (short sleeves are preferred). 5) Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 6) Please notify the doctor and office team of any changes in your health or medications you are taking.

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