Our Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy in Allen
Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the entire world. In fact, research has shown that nearly 80% of the population is currently dealing with a mild form of the infection. Fortunately, when caught early, Dr. Fatima Robertson can usually treat it using less invasive, non-surgical procedures that leave a smile feeling healthy, strong, and looking beautiful. If red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed often after cleaning are common for you, be sure to contact us today to get the attention that you need.
Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal therapy is an umbrella term for a collection of treatments specially designed to detect, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Its goals are to find the infection as quickly as possible to reduce any harm and then utilize the most conservative treatment in order to restore the smile’s health and appearance. Our practice offers a wide range of periodontal treatments, so we’ll always be able to meet your exact needs and leave you feeling confident about your smile.
After an initial periodontal treatment has been completed, it’s then necessary to take extra steps to ensure that reinfection does not occur. Fortunately, this typically only consists of a patient coming to see us a few times a year for a brief exam and preventive cleaning. It’s very similar to your regular dental checkups, except we’ll mostly be focused on your gums to ensure your sustained oral health.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, sometimes collectively known as a deep cleaning, are usually our first line of defense when it comes to treating and controlling early-stage periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis. An ultrasonic cleaner will be used to break up and clear away any plaque or calculus (hardened plaque) located around and under your gum line, and then the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots will be gently smoothed out. This will lessen your chances of redeveloping serious gum disease in the future.
Gum recession is one of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease, which is where the infection actually causes the gums to start pulling away from teeth. This process happens very slowly and can actually be very hard to notice, but over time, it can make the teeth appear unnaturally long and expose their sensitive roots, making them more likely to decay and fall out. We have a number of treatments that can combat this to make sure your smile is well protected.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer isn’t talked about often, but it actually claims one life every hour of every day. Fortunately, it is very treatable when detected early, which is why most oral healthcare professionals recommend that everyone should have at least one each year (even those that don’t use tobacco or drink excessively). During a screening with Dr. Robertson, she will examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, mouth, and face for any lesions, sores, or growths, and should she discover something, she can help you take quick and appropriate action.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
Traditionally, the only way to treat a patient with gum recession was to perform a surgical gum graft, but now, Dr. Robertson is able to help patients achieve fantastic results without using scalpels or sutures. With the Pinhole Surgical Technique, she can gently massage and reposition receded gums back into their original position using only a tiny hole placed into the tissue, improving both the health and appearance of the smile. Because this approach is non-surgical, it’s easy for a patient to remain comfortable while in the chair, and recovery is nice and fast as well. Most patients experience little to no post-treatment symptoms like swelling, bleeding, or tenderness, and results can be seen almost instantly.