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. 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. A gum graft surgery will repair the defect and prevent future gum recession and/or bone loss.
There are numerous options for gum graft surgery. Dr. Dean will transfer a thin piece of tissue, either from an adjacent area in your mouth or an alternative biologic material to cover exposed tooth roots. The grafting procedure results in improves gum health and protects sensitive tooth roots, also decreasing tooth sensitivity.
In some cases, 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.
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.
Some patients needing dental implant surgery will also need a bone graft to improve the foundation for the implant. 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.