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).
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 being sedated during surgery?
Yes. Most surgeries are not painful; however, you may experience some tenderness associated with the surgical site. In most cases, a narcotic prescription is not needed. Dr. Dean will prescribe an anti-inflammatory, which will not hinder you from your daily routine or activities.
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 are the benefits of laser treatment?
For select periodontal surgeries, Dr. Dean is able to decrease the amount of trauma and speed up healing times by using the Biolase laser. This laser also enables Dr. Dean to perform some surgeries without the use of sutures. Laser dentistry is a great option for people who suffer from dental anxiety because there is less pain and discomfort, reducing the need for anesthesia.
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 and maintain optimal dental care. 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 you understand and 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.