NORTHEAST TEXAS PERIODONTAL SPECIALISTS
Nathan E. Hodges, DDS, MS
Kimberly D. Sheppard, DDS, MS

Periodontal Examinations for Oral health

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists - Periodontal Exam Rockwall Paris TX

Periodontal Examinations for Oral health

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

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Periodontal Examination
Rockwall & Paris, Texas

We encourage all of our patients to schedule regular periodontal exams at least every six months, or with greater frequency for patients who have developed or are at an increased risk of developing gum disease. As gum disease progresses, the pocket between the gum and tooth root will deepen, which allows for a greater amount of calculus and bacterial plaque to accumulate, attach, and harden to the surface of your teeth below the gum line. Over time, this calculus and bacteria will grow, which in turn will cause further deterioration of the supporting bone and recession of your gums.

To determine the overall health of your gums and teeth, we will take digital X-rays and measure the depth of your gum pockets using a thin probe. Healthy pockets should be under 4mm in depth. Pockets that are between 4-6mm in depth indicate periodontitis, which is the mildest form of gum disease. Pockets between 6-8 mm indicate moderate periodontitis, and pockets that are deeper than 8mm indicate severe periodontitis.

Scheduling regular periodontal exams is important because it allows us to address gum disease as quickly as possible, and because gum disease can impact more than just your oral health. Individuals with gum disease are also at increased risk of other diseases and systemic problems, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health issues.

Periodontal Examinations
Costs Associated

If you are not currently a patient of ours, we are offering a special deal for a comprehensive periodontal exam that includes an oral exam, consultation, oral cancer screening, review of treatment options, digital X-rays and a written treatment plan for only $96. To make an appointment.

When considering the cost of periodontal exams, remember that scheduling these exams not only reduces your risk of developing periodontal disease, it also saves you money in the long run by avoiding the need for more costly procedures to correct issues that could have otherwise been avoided.

For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-monty payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.

Comprehensive Exams
& Diagnosis

During your periodontal exam, we will review your medical and dental health history, make sure your list of medications is up to date, and listen to and address any questions or concerns you may have.  When you are ready, we will perform a thorough examination to determine the overall state of your oral health. If necessary, an oral cancer screening may be performed and/or digital x-rays may be taken.

Once the examination is complete, we will share our findings, and if necessary, discuss treatment options and offer recommendations on the best path forward. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment options during this time.

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Treatment Options
Following Periodonatal Exam

One treatment option we will often pursue for patients who have moderate to severe gum disease is called scaling and root planning or a “deep cleaning”. The deep cleaning begins with removal of bacterial plaque and calculus from the root surfaces of your teeth below your gum line, as well as correcting rough areas, abrasions, and/or pits in order to inhibit plaque accumulation on root surfaces and then allowing your gums the ability to reattach to the cleaned root surface.

Quite often we will use perioscope technology (Perioscopy), which is a small video camera that allows us to see down into the gum pockets and well below the gumline, with the deep cleaning procedure.  A traditional deep cleaning may not always be sufficient in treating your gum disease, but we are able to correct many periodontal issues that would typically require surgery with a specialized deep cleaning, in large part because we utilize advanced technology, such as a perioscope. Because we are able to identify and remove these deposits on the root surfaces by using the perioscope, we can effectively treat and correct moderate and even severe cases of periodontal disease that would otherwise require surgical intervention. In fact, the perioscope frequently allows us to achieve even better results than surgery since it is so minimally invasive and we are able to provide such a thorough cleaning of the areas of gum disease.

Although we have great success in correcting periodontal issues with a deep cleaning, particularly when using the perioscope, more extensive procedures may be necessary depending on the underlying issue and the severity of your case. All available treatment options will be explained in great detail at your periodontal exam.

Dr. Hodges has been practicing periodontics since 2003. His patient treatment philosophy is to provide the most optimal care possible, utilizing the most advanced techniques in a personal and caring environment.

Dr. Sheppard has been practicing periodontics since 2003. Dr. Sheppard takes pride in providing her patients with the highest quality care with a patient-centered philosophy. Dr. Sheppard offers her patients a special type of non-narcotic virtual sedation to ease dental pain and anxiety.

Contact Northeast Texas Perio

At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we are committed to providing you with the periodontal care you need to enjoy good oral health and maintain a smile that you can be confident in. In addition to providing services like periodontal exams to ensure you enjoy good oral health, we are also committed to making your experience at our office as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Blankets and pillows are provided in the treatment room and oral and IV sedation options are available to ensure you experience minimal discomfort and are as relaxed as possible while your procedure is being performed. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your periodontal exam, please contact our office today. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with the care you need!

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Revolutionary
Non-surgical gum treatment using the Perioscope

We treat most cases of moderate to severe gum disease completely non-surgically by using the Perioscope. The Perioscope is a revolutionary, tiny camera that enables us to see deeply buried plaque and calculus deposits, that before the Perioscope would have required exploratory surgery to see. Using the Perioscope, we thoroughly remove these deposits with our scaling instruments.
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Dental implant placement is a delicate, precise procedure that requires thorough diagnostics and planning. We use the latest advances in technology to make your implant treatment accurate, efficient, minimally invasive and comfortable.

TRAINING IN
PERIODONTICS

There’s been discussion about the connection between heart disease and periodontitis. While research to clarify these connections are still on-going, the potential link between the two makes for a reason why maintaining good oral hygiene is important.

ADVANCED
TECHNOLOGIES

We use advanced technology to ensure your treatments get optimal results and are minimally invasive. Our technology and procedures also make your treatment far more comfortable and with faster healing time than with less advanced techniques.

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