From gingivitis to advanced periodontitis, gum disease has a number of stages. One of the keys to successful surgical or non-surgical treatment is a periodontal examination and regular follow-up care.
Summit Dental Center™ offers Periodontist Services for our Houston Patients:
What is a Periodontist
A periodontist is a dentist specializing in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease; periodontal disease is infections of the structures around the teeth like gums, the cementum that covers the root of the tooth and the alveolar bone. The earliest stages of periodontal disease is typically gingivitis.
Also known as a gingivectomy, gum contouring restores and improves your smile by removing irregularities and asymmetry of your gum line. A “gummy” smile can happen when gums appear uneven or extend too far below the lip line. To learn about gum tissue reshaping – Read More.
Gum Disease Treatments
Sometimes following a deep treatment or cleaning, deep pockets of inflammation will remain. The dentist will remove any deep tartar deposits that remain in deep pockets that will allow the patient to keep the area clean. During flap surgery, the gums are lifted back, and the remaining tartar is removed. Following the procedure, the teeth will fit more tightly around the teeth. To learn more about gum disease treatments – Read More.
Oral infections are infections that occur in or around the mouth. Caused by bacteria or viruses, they can include areas of the teeth, gums, palate, tongue, lips, and inside the cheeks. To learn more about prevention and treatment methods – Read More.
Scaling and Root Planing
During this deep cleaning process, a periodontist or dental hygienist works to remove the plaque. Scaling involves removing plaque from above and or below the gum line. Root planing concentrates on bacteria that causes rough spots on the root. In serious cases, the dentist or periodontist may recommend surgery. To learn more about one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe – Read More.
With seven convenient locations throughout the Houston area, we offer both extended and weekend hours to our patients. We are dedicated to providing quality dental service, so please contact us today to schedule your appointment!