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2440 N. Josey Ln, Suite 202
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 242-7603
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1601 N. Elm St, Suite B
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 566-7021
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651 Cross Timbers Rd, Suite 102
Flower Mound, TX 75028
(972) 434-8050
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Frisco, TX 75034
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ROOT™ Periodontal & Implant Centers

PERIODONTAL MAINTENENCE

Serving the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Metro

Periodontal Maintenance Serving the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Metro

4 CONVENIENT DFW LOCATIONS • CARROLLTON • DENTON • FLOWER MOUND • FRISCO

Periodontal Maintenance Dallas Fort Worth

One of the most effective ways to correct or prevent gum disease from developing is to schedule regular periodontal maintenance. Gum disease encompasses a wide range of inflammatory conditions that affect tissues surrounding the teeth. The earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is characterized by gums that are red, swollen, and/or bleeding. Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) is characterized by gums that have begun to pull back from the tooth, bone loss, halitosis, and/or potential loss of a tooth or teeth.

Approximately 75% of adults currently suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease most typically presents itself as a tinge of blood on your toothbrush following brushing your teeth. If left untreated long enough, gum disease can result in the gums becoming inflamed, which can then cause the tissue and bone around your teeth to begin deteriorating. Along with the damage gum disease can cause to your oral health, it is also been found to correlate with other health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.

Periodontal maintenance is the practice of scheduling dental cleanings on a regular basis. Patients who have good oral health overall should still make a habit of scheduling an appointment for periodontal maintenance every three months. Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease or who are more likely to develop periodontal disease should try to schedule these deep cleanings with even greater frequency.

At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we are committed to ensuring you maintain your bright and healthy smile. We are also proud to provide you with the latest dental technology to ensure that you achieve the long-lasting results you deserve. If you are interested in learning more about the quality services we offer, or if you have any questions concerning whether or not periodontal maintenance is right for you, contact us today. We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain that bright, healthy smile that you deserve!

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At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Our experienced team of specialists is invested in meeting all of your dental needs: from calming anxieties to teaching good habits, from periodontal check-ups to dental surgery.

Dr. Patel

Types of Periodontal Procedures

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.

The most common types of treatment options for treating gum disease include:

  • Deep cleaning: Provided the gum disease is in its early stage, a deep cleaning may be sufficient to reverse the damage that has occurred and reduce the likelihood of additional damage from occurring
  • Scaling and root planing: 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.
  • Surgery: For more advanced cases of gum disease, it may be necessary to perform surgery on the gums along with regenerative procedures. Doing so can restore lost tissue and eliminate the disease.
  • Bone graft: The procedure involves placing grafting material (bone from a human or animal donor or synthetic material) in the affected area to the affected teeth, which is then covered by a collagen membrane to promote growth, protect the graft, and potentially save the teeth.

Benefits of Maintenance

Patients who have regular periodontal maintenance will enjoy a range of benefits, including the following:

  • Proactively prevent or reduce the progression of gum disease
  • Risk of irritation or inflammation of your gums is significantly reduced or eliminated, allowing them to heal
  • Periodontal maintenance allows for the removal of plaque and tartar, which cannot be removed with traditional brushing
  • Scheduling regular periodontal maintenance results in a more comprehensive health profile, allowing your periodontist to monitor your case and address issues before they develop into something more serious, such as heart disease, diabetes, or stroke

To maximize the benefits and longevity of your maintenance and reduce your risk for developing gum disease, it is critical to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily, ideally every time you brush your teeth. It is also important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques. In addition to practicing consistent and proper oral selfcare, it is also important to schedule regular checkups every six months. By maintaining a consistent oral health care routine, you will significantly reduce your risk for developing additional periodontal issues and will continue enjoying a bright and healthy smile.

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Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence.

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Periodontal Maintenance Cost

There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of your treatment, such as the severity of your case, any associated procedures that need to be performed prior to or along with treatment, as well as your insurance plan.

Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.

Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:

  • We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
  • Full payment is due after services rendered
  • Payment plan options are available via www.CareCredit.com

PERIODONTAL SERVICES

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.

Pinhole Surgical Treatment

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).

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Laser Gum Surgery

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.

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Gum Grafting

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.

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Gingival Contouring

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.

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Scaling & Root Planing

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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At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.

If you would like to learn more about periodontal maintenance and/or services we provide to address periodontal issues, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (469) 489-ROOT.

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