Periodontal Services Houston, TX
Dr. Landry and Dr. Dela Cruz have extensive training in advanced periodontal care using innovative digital dentistry methods such as LANAP laser gum treatment and the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Our dedicated team places top priority on providing you with the best oral healthcare in an environment where you feel pampered and special.
Consultants in Dental Aesthetics (CDA) has been providing high-touch, high-tech service to the Houston community since 1981. We can provide education and assistance in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish, and we are conveniently located on the corner of Cypresswood and Cutten behind Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. Our team will take care of all your oral health needs and help you re-define yourself with a stunning smile you’ll love to share. Call or visit us today!
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Your dental health is vital to your overall health and the key to unlocking your full potential. It all starts with a strong foundation of periodontal care, and our unique method for overcoming barriers related to dentistry, such as dread, fear, and uncertainty. Fusion-Dentistry™ is a customized approach that combines leading-edge technology and outstanding service with extraordinary patient care, luxury amenities, and a warm, nurturing atmosphere. We take a holistic approach to dental care with advanced periodontal services such as:
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis starts as inflammation and gets worse over time. Gingivitis is the earliest stage, and because it begins as a painless condition, and many people don’t recognize the signs of mild bleeding when brushing and flossing. The stages can quickly progress through moderate and advanced periodontal disease to periodontitis. The symptoms become more serious, including swollen, bleeding or tender gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath, painful chewing, and receding gums. While research is still ongoing, the leading cause of periodontitis has been identified as a buildup of harmful bacteria in dental plaque that damages the tissues, cementum, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth in place. Gum infections have also been linked to other systemic health problems such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, premature births, and respiratory disease.
The 3 Most Common Types of Periodontitis
Chronic periodontitis: Plaque builds up over time and slowly destroys the gums and bones which hold your dental structure in place. It causes loss of teeth if not treated promptly.
Aggressive periodontitis: As the name suggests, it leads to rapid bone deterioration and tooth loss if left untreated. This type affects a small percentage of people and starts during childhood or in early adulthood.
Necrotizing periodontitis: A compromised immune system or malnutrition triggers this type of periodontitis and is characterized by a lack of blood supply that leads to severe infection. In extreme circumstances, the results include dead gum tissue and damaged bone structure.
Additional Causes of Periodontitis
Other than plaque-causing bacteria, there are various other causes of gum disease. Hormonal changes have been shown to increase gum sensitivity, and you’re more likely to develop gingivitis during pregnancy, menstruation, puberty, menopause, and other hormone-altering periods. Periodontitis is also triggered when illnesses such as diabetes and cancer affect your immune system. Diabetes increases the chances of gum infection because it restricts how your body uses blood sugar.
Some types of medication also negatively impact your oral health, including anticonvulsants, calcium channel blockers, and immunosuppressants. Drug-induced gingival enlargement can be managed by either improving oral hygiene or finding an alternative medication. Poor oral hygiene is another cause of periodontitis. Failing to brush your teeth and floss daily increases the likelihood of developing gingivitis. Bad lifestyle habits, such as smoking, also make your gums less likely to regenerate fast enough.
LANAP Laser Gum Surgery
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) focuses on the regeneration of healthy bone and tissue around affected teeth. The main benefits of laser treatment as compared to traditional surgical options include:
- Reduces gum recession
- Faster healing after treatment
- Lower post-op sensitivity
- Less discomfort during the procedure
LANAP significantly reduces tooth cavities and gum tissues. It also does a better job of controlling bleeding during surgery. Our skilled team firmly believes in the LANAP motto of No Cut, No Sew, No Fear. LANAP doesn’t require any pre-treatment, and it can be completed in two visits, with each taking approximately two hours. This is followed by close post-op monitoring and follow-up therapy for up to a year.
Pinhole Surgical Technique for Treating Gum Recession
Gingival recession, also known as receding gums, is a condition suffered by many seniors. It was traditionally treated with surgery, which most patients perceived to be painful. The pinhole surgical technique is an efficient and minimally invasive alternative, and Dr. Dela Cruz is one of only a handful of expert dentists in Houston who can perform the procedure. The pinhole surgical technique is convenient because it can treat multiple issues in one session.
Gingival recession creates spaces between your teeth and gum line called pockets, where bacteria accumulate and worsen gum disease. Our skilled dental team treats this problem by creating a tiny pinhole in your gum tissue to insert a sterile device to gently deep clean the area. Instead of stitches, collagen strips hold the gum tissue together after the procedure. This treatment encourages cell regeneration and the growth of new tissue around your teeth, resulting in a stronger dental structure.
Cosmetic Gum Contouring
The power of a beautiful smile can’t be overemphasized. Uneven gums can negatively impact your self-esteem, social interactions, and mental well-being. Issues with the gum line can be caused by factors such as gum recession, genetics, and the use of certain prescription medications. During the procedure, a laser device is used to reshape and cauterize the tissue, which prevents excess bleeding. Aftercare treatment and good dental hygiene are crucial aspects of successful gum contouring surgeries. Our skilled team will monitor your healing and provide instructions to help you heal quickly.
Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
Although daily brushing removes some stains, plaque, and tartar, you need a more thorough type of cleaning if you have periodontitis. This is known as periodontal scaling and root planing, and it is highly effective in treating chronic conditions. The treatment occurs in two stages:
Scaling involves getting rid of plaque and tartar above and below your gum line. Dr. Landry uses his expertise to ensure the bottom of the pockets are cleaned and will closely monitor your healing to ensure the healthy reattachment of gum tissue.
Root planing is the process of smoothing out the roots so healthy tissue can firmly reattach and minimize any spaces where bacteria can accumulate.
The two procedures require more than one visit to perform successfully. Since the prevention of infection is a top priority, Dr. Landry might place some medication in the recently cleaned pockets. A local anesthetic may also be used during the procedure, and pain medication and a special mouth rinse will be recommended for aftercare.
Also known simply as routine dental cleaning, prophylaxis is an essential procedure for preventing periodontal diseases. As part of your regular checkup, it removes harmful plaque and lowers the risk of additional procedures such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Oral prophylaxis involves more than just cleaning. Our skilled team starts by performing a thorough examination. X-rays show how healthy your dental structure is. If there are signs of other problems such as tooth decay, Dr. Landry will provide you with detailed treatment options. Removal of accumulated deposits on your teeth is done very methodically with specialized tools and technology. The more we can remove, the healthier the oral environment becomes.
Oral Cancer Exam
During a visual exam, Dr. Landry will look for anomalies such as swellings, color patches, bumps, and ulcerations. He will also examine your gums, throat, tonsils, tongue, inner cheeks, and the roof of your tongue. The physical exam involves feeling your head, jaw, chin, and oral cavity for any anomalies. Other than a mirror, light, and tongue depressor, our skilled team uses specialized medical equipment to perform oral cancer screenings. These include the Oral CDx, VELscope, Orascoptic DK, and a special fiber-optic camera.
If you smoke or drink alcohol, you might be asked to return for regular screenings. Some lifestyle choices might put you at a higher risk of having oral cancer. A professional exam gives you peace of mind while allowing you to take further preventive measures.
Sedation dentistry helps make your visits to CDA a painless and comfortable experience. Dr. Landry incorporates various sedation methods designed to convert even the most anxious patients into happy clients. We also use multiple anti-anxiety techniques to keep you as relaxed as possible before every procedure. The type of sedation chosen will depend on the severity of the procedure you’re undergoing. Common examples of sedation options include:
Laughing Gas: Also known as nitrous oxide or inhalation analgesia, it’s the preferable sedation option. It’s a safe way to reduce your anxiety without making you unconscious.
Oral Sedation: This type of sedative is taken in pill or liquid form. As with other sedatives, it’s sometimes combined with laughing gas. Enteral sedation keeps you awake without feeling any pain or nervousness.
IV Sedation: This option renders you unconscious for the duration of the procedure. The sedatives are injected directly into the vein, giving them a near-instant effect. The IV control allows us to alter the medication during treatment, making it safe and reliable. After a procedure under this sedative, you need some significant recovery period to allow the effects to wear off.
While nearly all dentists can administer nitrous oxide, other types of sedation require additional training and expertise. In addition to advanced training, our skilled team also has the best sedation equipment and relevant medical supplies.
Can You Prevent Gum Disease?
The good news is periodontitis can be managed and even reversed through a combination of techniques. Other than seeking world-class medical intervention from Dr. Landry, it helps to make some lifestyle changes, including:
Reduce or stop smoking since tobacco inhibits tissue regeneration.
A balanced diet, including foods with Vitamin C and E, is the best way to boost your immune system and repair damaged body tissue.
Lowering or removing stressful activities and situations can assist your body’s ability to fight infections and stop other harmful habits such as clenching your teeth and grinding them.
A genetic predisposition means you might still suffer gingivitis even if you implement these tips. This is why you need a top-notch periodontist to help you keep those pearly whites strong and healthy.
Get a Brighter Smile at Consultants in Dental Aesthetics
Are you looking for the best periodontal services? Consultants in Dental Aesthetics (CDA) offers advanced periodontal care in a calm, relaxing environment. You are always treated with kindness and respect, and every aspect of our practice is designed to remove the anxiety traditionally associated with dentistry.
We look forward to helping you unlock your full potential through optimal oral health and Five-Star luxury treatment. Call us today!
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