ROOT™ Periodontal & Implant Centers
Periodontist Dallas Fort Worth Texas
To determine if you have gum disease, your periodontist will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who have pockets that are deeper than the average depth of three millimeters or less will be considered candidates for treating gum disease. Depending upon how severe your case is, your periodontist will suggest a follow up appointment, during which several different treatment options may be recommended.
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop, as gum recession creates greater exposure of your natural teeth, which creates opportunities for bacteria to build. To address this issue, patients have historically had gum grafting, which involves removing tissue from unaffected areas and then grafting this tissue to the areas that have been affected. This is an effective method for addressing the issue of receding gums, however there is a newer and increasingly popular approach to treating receding gums, which is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
Laser gum surgery is an advanced treatment option that efficiently and painlessly treats gum disease through the use of a laser. One of the unique aspects of laser gum surgery is that the laser pinpoints and kills bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. Unlike other treatment options, which involve cutting and suturing, patients who have laser gum surgery and treatment performed will have a much quicker healing process.
Patients who have gum recession may consider having a gum graft, a common oral surgical procedure that thickens existing gums and/or covers a tooth root surface in order to prevent further recession from occurring. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is due to periodontal disease. A gum graft will not only improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but will also reduce your risk of developing additional issues.
Patients who have an imbalanced ratio between their visible gums and teeth have what is commonly referred to as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles can be caused by a range of factors, including bone deterioration, periodontal disease, or genetic predisposition. Regardless of the reason, patients often feel self-conscious about their appearance and will seek to improve this issue by having a gum contouring procedure performed.
Scaling and Root Planing (also known as deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning) is a common method used to address periodontal disease. Scaling refers to the process of removing tartar that has accumulated, either on your teeth or below your gumline. Planing refers to the removal of tartar below the root line. When bacteria is allowed to settle on your teeth for too long, it will eventually mineralize and turn into tartar. The primary difference between plaque and tartar is that plaque can be removed by conventional brushing methods, whereas tartar will need to be removed through the efforts of your periodontist. It is important to schedule regular deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning appointments to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
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Millions of Americans are currently suffering from some form of gum disease, but very few are actively seeking treatment, even though there are a range of complications that can develop as a result of gum disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, pancreatic cancer and more. As the only FDA-approved laser treatment for correcting periodontal disease, LANAP is a safe, effective, and painless procedure that can make a significant difference in your overall oral and general health.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that are the last teeth to erupt, typically in the late teenage years or early twenties. It is not always necessary to have wisdom teeth removed, but the procedure is commonly performed because not removing them can result in a wide range of oral health issues, such as misalignment, tooth decay, nerve and jaw damage, pain, and/or infection.
Although every effort will be made to preserve your natural teeth, there are instances when it will be necessary and to your benefit to extract a tooth, rather than try to preserve it. There are two primary types of extractions that can occur: a simple extraction, which involves extracting a tooth that is above the gumline, and a surgical extraction, which involves extracting a tooth that is below the gumline. Simple extractions are typically done for teeth that are decayed or damaged beyond repair, whereas surgical extractions are done for impacted teeth or wisdom teeth.
A frenectomy (frenulectomy) is a procedure that addresses and corrects issues related to a frenum. This procedure is most typically performed in children. The two most common type of frenulum’s that are treated are the lingual frenum and the maxiliary labial frenum. The lingual frenum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When this frenum runs all the way to the tongue’s tip, a patient is said to be tongue-tied. The maxillary labial frenum is responsible for attaching the gums and upper lip above your top front teeth.
Sedation dentistry is the administration of medication for patients who are having intensive oral procedures performed and/or who have extra sensitive teeth or anxiety related to having dental procedures performed. There are a range of sedation types that may be offered, ranging from mild, moderate, and deep sedation. Most sedatives work by depressing the areas of the central nervous system responsible for conscious awareness.