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Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal Surgery in Kokomo, Indiana

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Dr. Au-Yeung, DDS, MSD

Dr. Au-Yeung, Board Certified Periodontist 

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oeal inflammation.  Dr. Au-Yeung attended Indiana University's 36 month Periodontics Residency Program, where he recieved his Master's of Science in Dentistry (MSD) Degree and a Certificate in Periodontics. At PPIC, an affiliate of Ladd Dental Group, we are proud to be one of the few dental implant specialist in the Kokomo & Peru communities.

The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

A clean mouth is a healthy mouth, free of disease. Gingivitis and periodontitis are gum diseases that are caused by bacteria. These microbes are developed from dental plaque that is not brushed or flossed away. When left on the tooth, they irritate the adjacent gums. Eventually, a pocket of infection forms in your gum line after constant exposure to these germs. Left untreated, this infection will spread and begin to eat at the soft and hard tissues in your mouth.

Dental Implants 

Dental Implants provide individuals with increased flexibility, freedom, and confidence. Dr. Au-Yeung went to three additional years of school to specialize in the placement of dental implants and additional periodontal surgeries. Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover less than 10 percent of the fees.

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

  • Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
  • Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Gingival Flap Surgery

If you have excess tissue that is encapsulating your teeth, there is a simple technique to fix it. Your periodontist will numb the affected area and eliminate the extraneous gums to allow for better access to each tooth.

Gingivectomy

If your teeth appear small or misshapen because of large gums, our cosmetic periodontal procedure can help. We remove the surplus tissue, sculpting the look of your smile without the need for caps or implants. Grafts can also be applied to even out your gum line.

Gingivoplasty

If your teeth appear small or misshapen because of large gums, our cosmetic periodontal procedure can help. We remove the surplus tissue, sculpting the look of your smile without the need for caps or implants. Grafts can also be applied to even out your gum line.

Ladd Dental Group's trusted team, PPIC

Having healthy gums is crucial. Our periodontist, Dr. Au-Yeung, at Ladd Dental Group & PPIC are trained with comprehensive knowledge of dental hygiene and periodontal procedures. Whether you need preventative periodontitis care, cosmetic tissue removal, or dental implants we have the team and training to help you get a perfect, healthy smile.
Dr. Au-Yeung is shown discussing a few of the oral and anatomical factors that determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants.  Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans are usually the best tool for determining whether or not a patient fits the criteria and indications to support dental implants.  Dr. Au-Yeung has a tremendous amount of experience placing dental implants, and he is a board certified periodontist, which makes him a dental implant specialist.  We believe having a periodontal specialist like Dr. Au-Yeung practicing in Kokomo is a huge value add for all of our Ladd Dental patients and to the Kokomo, Peru and surrounding communities at large.