Gum disease is a progressive condition that can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss.
If you've noticed symptoms like red, swollen gums, dental pain, or loose teeth, periodontics may be exactly what you need.
Let North Carolina Implants and Periodontics in Raleigh, NC, protect your teeth with advanced treatment options.
The Importance of Periodontal Care
and Visiting Your Dentist Regularly
Periodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on restoring and maintaining the supporting structures of the teeth: the gums and jawbone. When these tissues become diseased or compromised, your teeth are at risk of loosening or falling out completely.
Periodontal disease starts with dental plaque. Over time, plaque builds up and feeds bacteria that produce toxins that damage your gums and teeth. Unless the plaque is removed, it hardens into calculus, or tartar. Daily brushing and flossing help minimize the formation of calculus, but won’t completely prevent it.
This is one of the reasons why regular visits with your dentist are so important. Even if you are careful about cleaning your teeth and gums at home, bacterial plaque in hard-to-reach areas can cause gum disease. Therefore, a dental professional must regularly check for hidden problems and remove the hardened plaque so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
When It's Time to See a Periodontist
If you notice symptoms like constant bad breath, red or swollen gums, dental sensitivity, or gums that are pulling away from the teeth, you may have gum disease. While general dentists can sometimes reverse mild gum disease, the more severe your condition, the more likely you'll require a specialist like Dr. Thiago Morelli in Raleigh, NC. Together, you, your general dentist, and Dr. Morelli can work out the most effective schedule for your supportive periodontal care.
Restore the Health of Your Mouth
Request a Consultation With Our Raleigh Periodontist
Treat your gum disease with Dr. Thiago Morelli, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology. With a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods available, he has exactly what you need to put gum disease behind you and move forward with improved oral health.
Save your teeth and transform the health of your mouth with periodontics. Request a consultation with Dr. Morelli or call our Raleigh, NC, dentistry practice today:
Raleigh Patients Are Grateful for Us
From the moment I walked in the door… Very professional, super friendly, one-of-a-kind service… Made me feel like I was a family member… they went out of their way far and beyond to make me feel comfortable. I will suggest going here over any other dental office in the Raleigh area… Everyone greets with a smile, and honestly made me forget that I was there for dental work if I could give everybody a five star review from this office, I would… I wish this type of service was more common. Keep up the great work.Read Review on Google
Dr. Morelli and his entire staff are the best. They are some of the most friendliest and caring people I have had the pleasure to meet. After a 15 year hiatus from the dentist (mostly due to hating the pain and sounds), I needed some advanced work. I had the LANAP procedure and it has been 100% worth it. I just finished to left side today. I had the right side done a few weeks ago. To my surprise, it was pretty much pain free and the recovery time on the right side was minimal. If you have some bad pockets like I had, I would highly recommend Dr Morelli and LANAP.Read Review on Google
Your Periodontal Treatment Options Available in Raleigh, North Carolina
Antibiotics are often used in combination with other treatments to reduce inflammation and bacterial growth associated with gum disease.
Certain patients qualify for osseous surgery, a dentistry treatment for moderate-to-severe gum disease. This minor surgery removes the bacteria from periodontal pockets and reduces the depths of the pockets, so bacteria can no longer accumulate there.
Gum Graft Surgery
If a patient's gums have receded due to periodontal disease, a gum graft can reinforce them. We can take healthy tissue from another area of the mouth and transplant it to the affected area to cover exposed tooth roots.
Laser Gum Surgery
Our periodontist can use laser therapy to eliminate infected gum tissue. Laser therapy is unique because it targets diseased tissue while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. We offer both LANAP® and LAPIP™.
More About Our Advanced Lasers
One of the major reasons that North Carolina patients come to our periodontics experts is the fact that our skilled doctors use cutting-edge laser technology, like LANAP and LAPIP.
LANAP, which stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, offers many significant advantages over now-outdated periodontal care technologies. For one, LANAP is extremely safe, as the laser naturally cauterizes the treatment site and sterilizes the gum area. Compared to traditional gum surgery options, this laser results in less blood loss, swelling, pain, and more.
Dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of missing teeth. While this treatment is truly transformative, some patients will develop infection around the implants, called peri-implantitis. To better treat these patients without the need for surgical repair, our NC practice has invested in LAPIP (Laser Assisted Peri-Implant Procedure), a laser similar to LANAP but specialized for implant care.
We Offer Affordable Membership Plans
Maintaining your periodontal health can prevent gum disease issues from spiraling and endangering your oral and overall health. It also dodges the need for more invasive – and expensive – treatments later on. Unfortunately, some patients avoid periodontal care because of concerns about cost.
To make our specialized treatments more affordable, our Raleigh practice offers monthly membership plans. We provide three different tiers of memberships, each of which offers crucial benefits you can take advantage of. As an example of what you can receive, the middle-tier plan includes biannual periodontal maintenance, X-rays, oral cancer screenings, antimicrobial treatment, and 10% off any additional treatments.
If you and at least one other family member sign up, we offer 5% of your chosen package’s total price.
Raleigh, NC, Patients Love Our Periodontists
"I chose Dr Morelli and his team, because of the excellent reviews his office has received. All reviews were spot on! Lovely office, friendly and caring staff and Dr. Morelli is a very impressive periodontist."
- Lindsay Hornthal, 5-Star Google Review, 2023
MAINTAINING THE HEALTH OF YOUR MOUTH
After Periodontal Treatment in Raleigh, NC
Prevention Is Key
To prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults, carefully and conscientiously follow Dr. Morelli's maintenance program. Protecting your periodontal health through preventive maintenance has great benefits for you, including:
- The ability to chew with improved comfort
- The ability to smile and speak with greater confidence
- Keeping dental costs to a minimum
We Beautify Smiles With Gum Contouring
Gum disease can cause overgrown gum tissue to develop, smothering your smile and leading to an appearance you may not be satisfied with. We effectively address this issue with gum contouring – a cosmetic treatment we can perform to reshape gums to better reveal teeth and make uneven gum lines more balanced and symmetrical.
Should I see you or my dentist?
Appointments for periodontal maintenance do not replace regular dental checkups. If your dentist detects gum disease, they may refer you to Dr. Morelli for specialized care. If Dr. Morelli detects tooth decay during a maintenance visit, you will be referred to your general dentist for treatment. While Dr. Morelli is a specialist who treats periodontal concerns, your general dentist is primarily responsible for your overall dental health.
What is the relationship between a periodontist and my dentist?
Your dentist and Dr. Morelli will work together as a team to provide you with the best possible care. They will combine their experience to formulate a maintenance plan for you and keep each other informed about your progress. Although a periodontist may see you periodically for maintenance therapy, you will still need to regularly visit your general dentist.
How often are supportive periodontal care visits?
The interval between your supportive periodontal care visits might be scheduled every few weeks to every six months. Everyone’s situation is different. The frequency of your supportive care visits will be influenced by your periodontal disease, the treatment you've received, your response to treatment, your personal commitment to your care, and other factors.
What does supportive periodontal care include?
Your visit to our Raleigh, NC, periodontal office may include a discussion of any changes in your health history, examination of your mouth tissues for abnormal changes, measurement of the depth of pockets around your teeth, removal of bacterial plaque and tartar, analysis on the way your teeth fit together when you bite, and more.
Periodontics Can Change Your Life
"First & foremost, Dr. Morelli is a master-credentialed periodontist... Dr. Morelli is also a well-documented innovator and established practicing teacher of everything periodontia. The fact that he has the touch of an angel, possesses a refreshingly high degree of emotional intelligence... and carefully communicates his assessment and treatment plan in easy-to-understand language places him in a category all his own." Joanna McGuire