Gum Disease (Periodontitis)
At University Periodontal Associates in Houston, you are in the hands of someone who is trained, knowledgeable and here to improve the health of your gums and teeth. We will work together to improve your dental health, and strengthen your teeth.
Our Approach Periodontal Therapy
What Is a Periodontist?
Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that specifically works with the treatment of gum disease, including gingivitis. Periodontists treat patients who are in various stages of gum disease or are experiencing bone loss or missing teeth due to active periodontitis.
Dr. David K. Dennison is a Periodontist in the Houston, TX area. He has completed a University post-graduate specialty program in periodontics. Part of this training required Dr. Dennison to also specialize in Implant Dentistry, which is the placement and care of dental implants. By choosing a Periodontal dentist, you are getting dentist who additional two to three years in duration following graduation from the four year dental school program.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. Teeth are supported by the gums, or gingiva. A tooth's root is anchored to its socket by fibers called periodontal ligaments. The gums do not attach to the teeth as firmly as one might think. A shallow, V-shaped gap called a sulcus exists between the teeth and the gums. Periodontal disease affects this gap.
Eventually, in periodontal disease, the tissues supporting the tooth break down. If only the gums are involved in this breakdown, the disease is called gingivitis. If only the connecting tissues and bone are involved, it is called periodontitis.
What Is Gum Disease
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease prevention is an integral part of our practice. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly.
Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Promoting health through preventative dentistry and educating our patients on good oral hygiene is the heart of our Houston, TX practice. Thorough examinations and professional cleanings allow us to identify problem areas and stop periodontal disease.
Self-care at home is vital to protect the investment on your overall health and to prevent further infection. it is important to brush and floss routinely in order to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and tissue. Eating a well- balanced diet and keeping your doctor informed of your overall health will ensure a long-lasting, healthy smile.
Why Come to a Periodontist to Treat my Gum Disease?
At University Periodontal Associates in Houston TX, we want you to work with both your general dentist incongruence with a periodontist like Dr. Dennison. This allows all of us to be actively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of your periodontal disease.
By using a team approach, you have both your general dentist, who is familiar with your dental and medical history, and Dr. Dennison, as your Periodontist, who has the extensive education and experience in treating periodontal disease. Together, we will collaborate to tailor a treatment plan for you.
Why Come to a Periodontist to place my Dental Implants?
Many general dentists are willing to place dental implants, but to significantly improve the long term success rate when placing a dental implant, consider having your implant placed by Dr Dennison, a Periodontist. Dr. Dennison, along with his training in Periodontics, was required to participate in surgical training for the placement of Dental Implants.
For you, the patient, that means higher success, less down time, and a strong secure implant that you can forget about. Unless your general dentist has participated in oral surgery training, it would be very difficult to learn how to manage the cases that don't go very well. We want you to have the best care possible.
For more information on Periodontists versus General Dentists, or dental implants, contact David Dennison, DDS at our Houston, TX 77098 office: (832) 975-0990.