Periodontist in Dallas, TX
Dr. Dean is a board-certified periodontist in the Dallas, TX area. Periodontists focus on spotting, treating, and preventing periodontal disease. They can also preform the surgical placement of dental implants. Dr. Bradley Dean provides expert dental implants periodontistry, replacement teeth services, and more.
Our office focuses exclusively on dental implant services and periodontal disease treatments. Hence, our state-of-the-art periodontist office successfully handles all sorts of periodontitis cases.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Also referred to as gum disease, it’s a silent disease that many do not know they have. Plaque buildup causes gum disease. This sticky film of bacteria builds up on your teeth due to lack of proper dental care. If left untreated, it can result in early tooth loss.
Gingivitis is the first stage and looks like red and swollen gums that may easily bleed. In more advanced stages, pockets form between the teeth and gums. This allows bacteria to grow and advance to the bone that supports the teeth, leading to eventual tooth loss. Many treatments are here for periodontal diseases. But all share one common goal: to save your teeth!
How do I Prevent Gum Disease?
Your gums support your teeth and play a key role in your whole health and well-being. Routine dental care is the best way to prevent gum disease. Your dental care routine should include daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to Dr. Dean for professional dental cleanings and exams. During a routine preventive care exam, Dr. Bradley Dean will perform a periodontal disease screening to look for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. Dr. Dean stresses the weight of maintaining healthy gums for optimal dental health.
Symptoms and Signs of Gum Disease
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Receding gum line
- Constant bad breath
- Sores or puss coming from in between your teeth
- Changes in your bite
- Loose teeth
- Dentures that do not fit anymore
- Gum Pain
Periodontal Treatments for Gum Disease in Dallas
Periodontal disease is one of the most common chronic diseases in adults, affecting nearly half of the U.S. population aged 30 years and older. It is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and also contributes to other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Fortunately, there are a number of periodontal treatments available to remove bacteria and plaque from below the gum line.
This process is an intensive deep clean of your teeth and gums. The main focus here is to clean out infections that have formed around your gum pockets. The deep cleaning process is similar to teeth cleanings by a dental hygienist. However, it requires specific tools and much more attention for accurate results.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are both dental procedures that Dr Dean uses to clean teeth and remove infections, plaque and tartar. Root planing is the process of smoothing out the root surfaces of the teeth to remove any built-up plaque or calculus. Scaling is the process of scraping off the build-up of plaque and calculus (tartar) from the tooth surface using a metal scaler.
Surgery is a treatment for advanced cases of periodontitis in which there is bone loss around teeth. Common procedures performed in oral surgery may include tooth extraction, gum grafts and bone grafting. Patients with a gummy smile or gum recession benefit the most from oral surgery.
If you lost a tooth or all your teeth from periodontal disease, you might need dental implants. Dr. Dean specializes in the surgical placement of dental implants. He is also a highly-trained oral surgeon. Dr. Dean can work together with your dentist to perform the surgical phase of your dental implants treatment. He provides sturdy, stable, and reliable tooth replacement options that will give you a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Some dentists can perform the dental implants placement procedure. However, we believe that having a specialist like Dr. Dean preform this part of your treatment can help put your mind at ease and lead to a successful outcome. Learn more about our dental implant services here.
Advantages of dental implants include:
- Dental Implants offer many cosmetic benefits as well as oral health benefits.
- 95% or higher success rate
- Better preservation of bone structure
- Avoids degradation of healthy teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
- Improves the look of your smile and lower face
- Patients can eat food without restrictions
- No worry of dentures slipping or falling out
- Look exactly like your real teeth
- Superior strength and long life
Dr. Dean offers many dental implant options in his Dallas, TX dental office. Services include teeth in a day, removable and fixed dentures, All-on-four, and implant-secured bridges. To meet Dr. Dean and discuss your periodontal therapy needs, request an appointment online or give us a call today.