Frequently Asked Periodontal Questions – Fort Worth, TX
All Your Questions About Periodontal Care, Answered
At Periodontal Associates of Fort Worth, patients appreciate that we’re never in a rush to get them in and out of our practice doors. Dr. Almasri and our team always take the time to answer any questions or concerns you may have, helping you feel positive and comfortable moving forward with our treatment recommendations. For your convenience, we’ve included some of the most common questions we receive from patients below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please feel free to call us.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease exhibits a variety of symptoms depending on the stage the infection is in. These include:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Sore and tender gums
- Gum recession that makes your teeth appear longer
- Deep pockets that form between your gums and teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose or missing teeth
If you notice one or more of these signs, please call our office to schedule an evaluation.
Do you see emergency dental patients?
Yes! We try to schedule all of our patients who call with emergency situations either the same or next day.
What’s the difference between traditional and laser gum disease treatment?
While traditional gum disease treatment utilizes basic dental instruments like a scaler, scalpel, and sutures, laser gum disease treatment uses a leading-edge soft tissue laser. This device emits a concentrated beam of light that’s able to kill harmful oral bacteria and remove severely damaged gum tissue without affecting the healthy tissue. It also improves recovery time and post-operative comfort due to its ability to cauterize the area on-contact.
What’s the difference between a general dentist and periodontist?
While a general dentist isn’t required to complete additional training after they earn their dental degree, a periodontist is. Dr. Almasri is a board-certified periodontist and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. This means he has demonstrated his expertise on treating the foundational gum and bone structures within the mouth by completing peer-reviewed case studies as well as additional written exams. He has also completed a post-graduate residency program where he studied periodontology specifically, which includes specialized treatments that involve the supportive soft and hard tissues of the mouth.
Why do I need a bone graft to get dental implants?
It’s not uncommon for patients who have been missing teeth for awhile that want to invest in dental implants to need a bone graft. This is because without the support of the roots of teeth, the jawbone will begin to erode, leaving little support for dental implants to fuse with, which is crucial for the success of the treatment. Dr. Almasri can complete a bone graft to help fortify the support system of your dental implants, improving their success rate and allowing you to enjoy them to their fullest.