“When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles at you.” This popular song lyric, written in the 1920s, still holds true today. An attractive smile is your most important asset — especially when you have a full set of pearly white teeth, and the right amount of healthy pink gum tissue to show them off. But when your gums need some extra help, that’s when a periodontist’s skills can help. At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, our team of highly-skilled professionals includes periodontic specialists, offering you the convenience of complete dental care under one roof.
Periodontists, sometimes called “the plastic surgeons of dentistry,” focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the gums. They can recognize and treat the early stages of gum inflammation before it becomes more advanced, perform minor surgery to resolve complicated cases of periodontitis (severe gum disease), use lasers or gum grafting techniques to restore the appearance of a smile, and even place dental implants in the jaw, when a tooth can’t be saved.
During the initial exam at our office, our first goal is to ensure you are comfortable while we carefully explain every step of our evaluation. We will check for gumline recession, jaw alignment issues and loose teeth. We may also use a small measuring instrument to measure the depth of the spaces – known as periodontal pockets – between your teeth and gums. Like conventional plastic surgeons, we use various techniques to remodel soft tissue, and even reshape bone in the jaw — to so that the underlying structures of your teeth and gums are in the best possible shape, with a great-looking smile to follow!
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate dental care. For more information on our endodontic services as well as the other dental services we provide, give us a call today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
November 10, 2019
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