Gum Disease FAQs Plano, TX

What is a periodontist?

Periodontics is one of nine recognized dental specialties. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth. This specialty requires additional training beyond general dentistry. A high level of skill including surgical ability is necessary for a periodontist to deliver safe and effective treatment.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a disease that attacks the gum and bone and around the teeth. It is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses both gingivitis (gum disease) and periodontitis (disease of the gum, bone, and other supporting structures of the tooth).

Can gum disease cause overall health issues? 

Yes, gum disease can lead to many overall health issues including heart disease, tooth loss, digestive issues, and respiratory problems. It also puts patients at risk for diabetes, pregnancy complications, heart attacks, and heart failure.

periodontitis progression in plano, texas

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

Your general dentist should be able to inform you if there are signs of periodontal disease. The symptoms associated with periodontal disease are typically not easily noticed. In some cases, you may experience sore gums, bleeding gums, or tooth pain. Regular visits to your dentist will help diagnose and treat gum disease.

Do I have the option of dental sedation during periodontal surgery?

Yes. You can choose to receive one of two types of sedation dentistry: oral sedation or I.V. conscious sedation. They are both safe for patients in a controlled environment. Oral sedation keeps you awake, but in a state of euphoria. I.V. sedation puts you in a deep sleep.

How soon can I schedule my surgery after the treatment consultation?

Our office is here to accommodate you. We’ll do our best to schedule a surgery time that is convenient for our patients in the Plano, TX, and Dallas, TX areas seeking gum disease treatment.

What is dental insurance and how does it work?

The term dental insurance is confusing as it is actually a benefit based on the terms of a contract negotiated between an employer and a dental insurance company. We strive to help you achieve excellent oral health and maintain those results for a lifetime. The dental insurance company is not always focused on the same goal.

We work with most dental insurance providers and will do everything possible to help maximize your dental benefits.

What kind of treatment do you offer for gum disease?

Dr. Dean offers both non-surgical and surgical treatments for periodontal disease. He uses the Waterlase dental laser to treat and repair damaged or diseased gum tissue. He also offers gum grafting, Osseous surgery, and periodontal bone grafting.