Periodontal Therapy in Katy, TX
Don’t let periodontal problems keep you from living your best life! Whether you need treatment for gum disease, bone grafting, or dental implants, we can help you rediscover the comfort and confidence needed to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
Here you’ll feel confident and cared for by the dental team you know, while receiving the specialized periodontal care you need. Learn more about our periodontal options below!
Bone Grafting/Socket Preservation
When a tooth is damaged, the bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease or infection, resulting in deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. Also, when teeth are extracted, the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly, causing unsightly defects and collapse of the lips and cheeks. These deformities from tooth removal can be prevented and repaired by a procedure called socket preservation.
Socket preservation can greatly improve your smile’s appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants for years to come. This technique removes the tooth and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. This method eliminates shrinkage and the collapse of surrounding gum and facial tissues. The newly formed bone in the socket also provides a foundation for a dental implant to replace the tooth.
A frenum is a naturally occurring muscle attachment normally seen between the front teeth (either upper or lower). It connects the inner aspect of the lip with the gum. A lack of attached gingiva, in conjunction with a high frenum attachment, can result in recession. Additionally, an excessively large frenum can prevent the teeth from coming together resulting in a gap between the front teeth.
If pulling is seen or the frenum is too large to allow the teeth to come together, the frenum is surgically released from the gum with a frenectomy. A frenectomy is simply the surgical removal of a frenum. When orthodontic treatment is planned or initiated, the removal of an abnormal frenum, with or without a gingival graft, can increase stability and improve success of the final orthodontic result.