About Our Practice
Expert gum disease and dental implant treatment
As a periodontal practice, we are specialists at treating anything to do with the gum and bone tissue surrounding your teeth. Periodontists are also experts in dental implant treatment. Our periodontal services include gum disease treatment, replacement of lost bone, gum grafting for receding gums and treatment for gummy smiles.
Dr. Nathan Hodges is a Rockwall native. It was his goal to return home after college to take care of his friends and family in the town he grew up in. He opened his Rockwall practice in 2005. He gives exceptional dental implant and gum treatment at his two office locations to the residents of Rockwall, Paris, and the surrounding areas.
Dr. Kimberly Sheppard joined our practice in August of 2019.
Highly skilled doctors and staff
Dr. Hodges is a highly trained and award-winning periodontist who has been practicing since 2003. He has been recognized by D Magazine as one of the “Best Dentists in Dallas” for 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2014, and as a “Texas Super Dentist” in Texas Monthly magazine for 2004 and 2006 – 2014.
Dr. Hodges teaches periodontal techniques at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He also trains colleagues on advanced periodontal procedures at workshops and seminars across the country.
Dr. Hodges and Dr. Sheppard keep up with the latest technological advances in periodontics to ensure your treatment is minimally invasive and will achieve the best possible results.
Our practice philosophy
Our practice philosophy has always been guided by the “golden rule,” treating others as you would want to be treated. Our commitment to our patients is to provide the best care possible, utilizing the most advanced technologies in a caring environment.
We make every effort to create an environment that is friendly yet professional and puts you at ease.
We practice with the goal of being as conservative as possible in treatment while ensuring our patients obtain an aesthetic, healthy and stable oral condition.
We use advanced technology to help us achieve optimal results. It also allows us to use minimally invasive procedures which cause far less trauma and post-operative discomfort. These procedures also have faster healing times.
Precise digital imaging
Our 3D cone beam CT scanner takes a three-dimensional image of your teeth and jaw structure. Using these images we precisely plan the optimal placement of dental implants ahead of time, making their placement quick, accurate and minimally invasive.
Our digital X-ray system produces instant, high-resolution images that are superior to traditional X-ray images, and emit only a fraction of the radiation used by standard X-ray machines.
We use ultrasonic instruments for precise and minimally invasive procedures. Our ultrasonic scalers thoroughly remove accumulated calculus and plaque during our deep cleanings, without scratching or otherwise affecting the tooth surface.
Our ultrasonic surgical device precisely cuts bone but does not affect surrounding gum tissue.
The Perioscope is a revolutionary device that allows us to effectively treat most cases of moderate to severe gum disease without surgery. The Perioscope is a tiny video camera we insert into the space between the gum and the tooth.
With this camera, we can see deeply buried deposits of plaque and calculus. We can then remove these buried deposits without the need for surgery, using the Periscope to guide us and ensure complete removal.
Friendly, caring service
Our patients remark that our doctors and staff are very friendly and easy to talk to. We are always interested in what you have to say and will take the time to listen and understand your concerns. We will also take the time to explain everything to you so you understand what is happening.
We make your treatment comfortable
Our advanced technology and minimally invasive procedures make your treatment comfortable and efficient.
We provide blankets and pillows for your physical comfort in the treatment room. We use a topical anesthetic first on all injections and then administer the anesthetic very gently.
We have sedation options for patients with heightened anxiety.
Dr. Hodges is a volunteer practitioner for several non-profit organizations that provide free dental services to the underprivileged. Dr. Hodges has been active in charity dental work since he was in dental school. He has continued and expanded his charitable activities since he started in practice.
Dr. Hodges will help with emergency dental care for local residents referred to by Helping Hands, a charity that provides food, medical services, and shelter to the needy. They are also part of R.A.W. (Rebuilding America’s Warriors), a non-profit foundation for wounded and disfigured servicemen.
Dr. Hodges performs charity dental services for the less fortunate in the East Dallas area who would not otherwise have access to adequate dental care. He is part of a team of practitioners who participate at a special event known as “Dentistry with a Heart.” He has also been a volunteer practitioner on charity dental mission teams since 2000. On these teams, he has serviced the underprivileged in the local community and in remote areas of Mexico and Guatemala.