While pearly white teeth are often the focal point of oral hygiene, 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. Are inflamed gums are compromising your health and comfort? Is excessive gum tissue is compromising the appearance of your smile? Whatever your oral health concerns, Dr. Pylant and our team can help you achieve and maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles through our periodontal services!
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. If periodontal treatments cause you anxiety or exceptional pain, Dr. Pylant offers sedation dentistry for added comfort.
In some cases, scaling and root planing is insufficient to control gum disease. If you have a more advanced case of gum disease, gum surgery may be needed to further improve the health of your 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 can be caused by brushing too hard or 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 of gum grafting is to provide strong gum tissue that will resist further recession. Untreated recession could lead to eventual tooth loss. Dr. Pylant offers several excellent gum grafting procedures and will consult with each patient to determine the type that will 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, your teeth may look worn or unhealthy. Dr. Pylant can remove excess gum tissue and give your smile a brighter, healthier appearance by creating symmetry and causing the crown, or top portion of the tooth, to appear longer. In some cases, crown lengthening may be necessary to expose a greater portion of a tooth in order to accommodate a dental crown.
The frenum is the tissue which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth or the inside of the lips to the gums. For some patients, a frenum can interfere with tongue or lip movement while in other cases the frenum can make braces uncomfortable. If you find that your braces are irritating the frenum or the frenum is interfering with normal movement, Dr. Pylant can perform a frenectomy to resolve these issues and restore your comfort and confidence.
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, Dr. Pylant can prescribe oral medication. Most oral fungal infections are easily treated and medications may be administered as lozenges, pills, or mouthwashes.