Advanced Care for the Foundation of Your Smile
A foundation of healthy gums is absolutely essential to a beautiful, functional smile. Dr. George Pylant is a periodontist providing Bedford, Mid-Cities, Colleyville, Grapevine, and Southlake with specialized care for the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Whether inflamed gums are compromising your health and comfort, or if excessive gum tissue is compromising the appearance of your smile, Dr. Pylant can help you. Contact us today to learn more.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning process. The teeth are cleaned below the gum line to remove harmful plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup, which are responsible for gum disease and infection. A local anesthetic is usually given during treatment to numb the gums and improve patient comfort. Dr. Pylant offers sedation dentistry for added patient comfort.
In some cases, scaling and root planing is not adequate to control gum disease, and gum surgery is needed to further improve the health of the gums. Dr. Pylant will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health to determine precisely the treatments needed to help you achieve healthy gums.
Gum grafts may be necessary to correct gum recession in both children and adults. Recession may be caused by brushing too hard or it may just be the result of inheriting thin gums. Dr. Pylant can correct gum recession using the patient's palatal tissue or Alloderm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix. The goal is to provide strong gum tissue that will resist further recession. Untreated recession could lead to eventual tooth loss. There are several excellent grafting procedures and Dr Pylant will help you select which type would work best for you.
Crown lengthening, also known as a gum lift, may be performed to achieve a cosmetic enhancement, or for restorative purposes. If you have excessive gum tissue, it can make the teeth look worn or unhealthy. Dr. Pylant can remove excess gum tissue, giving the smile a healthier appearance and creating symmetry in your smile. In essence, the crown, or top portion of the tooth, appears longer following this treatment. Crown lengthening is also used to expose a greater portion of a tooth in order to accommodate a dental crown.
The tissue which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, or the inside of the lips to the gums, is referred to as a frenum. For some patients, a frenum can interfere with tongue or lip movement. A frenum can also make braces uncomfortable. Dr. Pylant can perform a frenectomy if you find that your braces are irritating the frenum.
Following orthodontics treatment, the gingival fibers, which attach the teeth to the gums, may cause the teeth to move back to their previous position. A fiberotomy is the detachment of the gingival fibers from the teeth, and can help keep the teeth straight.
For those who suffer from oral tissue conditions like ulcers, fungus, and black tongue, we prescribe oral medication. Most oral fungal infections are easily treated. Oral medications may be administered as lozenges, pills, or mouthwashes.
Restore the Health of Your Mouth
While the teeth are usually the focal point of a beautiful smile, healthy gums are the all-important foundation that must not be neglected. Dr. Pylant’s periodontal treatments can help you achieve and maintain a healthy state-of-mouth and a better quality of life. Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve the healthy smile you deserve.