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Periodontal Services


At Midwest Periodontics, we know how important your periodontal health is. We offer a wide variety of services to our customers. Our goal is to be the office you turn to, to help prevent and treat any periodontal issues you may face now, or in the future. Here are a few of the things we can do to help you keep a healthy, happy smile.

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Periodontal Maintenance


Periodontal disease—also known as gum disease—can have serious health consequences. Tooth loss, gum recession, and an increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages are just a few of the problems that can arise when gum disease strikes. More serious consequences can include an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Getting your teeth and gums back into a healthy state can reduce your risks associated with these ailments, and help improve not only your oral health, but your overall health.

We offer an array of periodontal maintenance procedures to help keep your gums looking and feeling great. These procedures include scaling and root planing, various regenerative procedures, and tissue grafting. In order to know which procedure you would need, you would need to come in and see us for an exam first, and we would then go over your treatment options with you so you would know what to expect.

Scaling and Root Planing


Over time, plaque and detritus may develop on your teeth, especially if you are not always able to care for your teeth and gums immediately after eating. This can be particularly troublesome below the gumline, where traditional methods such as brushing cannot reach. When we scale your teeth, we use mechanical methods to remove the accumulation to give your teeth a solid and clean foundation for your gums to adhere to.

Root planing is a process whereby we smooth the rough parts of your tooth's root. This is necessary to reduce the accumulation of bacteria, plaque, and buildup from tartar. After scaling and root planing, your gums will heal and reattach themselves to your teeth. Scaling and root planing are considered to be the gold standard of periodontal disease treatment. We make sure to numb your mouth if you have sensitive teeth or gums prior to this procedure, so it is virtually painless to have done.

Regenerative Procedures


Sometimes periodontal disease is not discovered or treated until after the patient has suffered some degeneration of the gum tissue. Fortunately, even when this has already occurred, there are things which may be done to help regenerate the tissue.


Some of the procedures we offer include bone grafting, platelet-rich plasma (PrP)/platelet-rich Fibrin (PrF) treatments, and the use of regenerative materials such as Emdogain. Click on the links for more information on these procedures. Each of them has benefits that could help your mouth get healthier and stronger, and may be right for you if your gum disease is beyond the preliminary stages.

Tissue Grafting


In situations where a patient's gums have severely receded or otherwise degenerated, there are procedures available to help rebuild them. Tissue grafting can help prevent further damage and repair the damage that has already taken place.


When we perform a tissue graft, we will take tissue from another place—such as the roof of your mouth—and place it over the area where the gum tissue has degenerated. The grafted tissue will heal to the existing gum tissue and serve as a replacement for the lost tissue.

Tissue grafting is endorsed by the American Academy of Periodontology as a way of treating moderate and severe cases of gum loss. It is part of a multi-layered approach in conjunction with scaling, root planing, and other procedures used to treat periodontal disease. When all of the procedures are complete, your oral health should be at a much higher level than it was when you came into our office.

Talk with Your Periodontal Professional


As with any medical or dental procedure, there are a number of courses of action available to you depending on your unique situation. There is no such thing as a single approach that will help everyone equally. Here at Midwest Periodontics, we take pride in talking with our patients and helping them make informed decisions.

If you suffer from periodontal disease, you should talk with us and let us help you explore your options. Give us a call today, and let us schedule a time to look over your mouth and figure out the most comprehensive treatment plan for your mouth and your overall health.
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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
1006 W St Maartens Dr, Suite A
St Joseph, MO 64506

(816) 207-4005





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