A complete periodontal examination, including the necessary dental X-rays, will help us determine your treatment plan. We treat early stages of the disease by performing scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) below the gum line. More advanced stages may require a surgical approach if the initial scaling and root planing does not resolve the infection.
In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the gums can start to recede exposing the tooth roots. Exposed tooth roots are more than a cosmetic issue as they can contribute to other dental health concerns like tooth root decay, loose teeth or bone loss. Gum recession happens slowly over time and most people do not realize that it is happening. Exposed roots can cause sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food or liquids. A gum graft surgery will repair the defect and prevent future gum recession and/or bone loss.
Gum grafting is a fairly simple surgery performed by Dr. Dean in Plano, TX. There are numerous options for gum graft surgery. The one he will perform will depend on the extent and severity of the damage to the gums. Dr. Dean will remove healthy tissue either from an adjacent area in your mouth or an alternative biologic material and transfer a thin pieces of that tissue to the exposed tooth roots and cover them up. The grafting procedure results in improves gum health and protects sensitive tooth roots, also decreasing tooth sensitivity.
In some cases, when the gum pocket does not respond to other procedures such as scaling and root planing, osseous surgery may be needed to reduce the pocket depth and prevent the future build up of plaque and bacteria. Sometimes called gum pocket surgery, this procedure involves smoothing and reshaping the affected bone and reducing the gum pocket, making it difficult for bacteria to survive. It will eliminate the the existing bacteria and infection, stop the decay process, and prevent any further damage. Osseous surgery is a fairly simple procedure that Dr. Dean will perform at his Plano, TX periodontist office.
Periodontal Bone Grafting
Advanced periodontal disease can lead to bone recession, which can create unsightly spaces between teeth and eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal bone grafting helps regenerate lost bone and promote a healthier, more beautiful smile. Essentially, Dr. Dean will
Some patients needing dental implant surgery will also need a bone graft to improve the foundation for an implant. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone around that void will begin to atrophy. Once this happens, you will begin to suffer from bone loss and and there will not be enough bone to support an implant. You will have to undergo bone grafting to replace the lost bone in order for the implant to be successful and support your the replacement tooth. Dr. Dean uses a variety of safe and effective materials.
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If you are searching for a periodontist to treat gum disease in the Dallas, TX area, contact the office of Dr. D. Bradley Dean today. Schedule a consultation by calling us, or request an appointment online today.