A complete periodontal examination, including the necessary dental X-rays, will help us determine your treatment plan. We treat the 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 do not resolve the infection.
Advanced stages of gum disease can result in gum recession and bone loss. Dr. Dean offers gum grafting and bone grafting to help restore the gums and bone.
Gum Grafting in Plano, TX
In the advanced stages of periodontal disease, the gums can start to recede exposing the sensitive tooth roots. Exposed tooth roots will make the teeth appear longer but they 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.
The gum grafting procedure involves placing additional gum tissue where little or no gums exist. It is a fairly simple surgical procedure 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. Then he will transfer a thin piece 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.
Periodontal Bone Grafting in Plano, TX
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 promotes a healthier, more beautiful smile. Essentially, Dr. Dean will
Some patients needing dental implant surgery will also need a bone graft to build up the bone and 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 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 replacement tooth. Dr. Dean uses a variety of safe and effective materials. The surgery is performed under local anesthetic since you will require an incision in the gums to access the bone. You may experience a little discomfort after the procedure.
Schedule a Periodontal Exam and Consultation
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.