When most of us think about our smiles, we make the common mistake of only thinking of our teeth. However, our gums play a critical role in preserving our smiles. Sadly, the leading causes of tooth loss happen to be gum disease and tooth decay. Here at My Time Dental Centers, Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter and his team are committed to providing the best tooth bone loss treatment to help patients save their smiles before it’s too late.
When harmful bacteria inflame your gums, the diseased inflammation can spread to the supportive attachments between your gums and teeth, breaking them down to cause severe damage.
The best way to prevent or combat gum disease and tooth decay is with good dental hygiene habits at home and visits to our office, where Dr. Schmelter and his team can clean your gums, teeth, and other surfaces prone to attracting bacteria and plaque. The recommended visitation frequency is every six months for most patients, or more often, depending on the severity of your dental situation.
Here are a few ways Dr. Schmelter and his team can resolve periodontal issues and restore your gums to total health.
Deep cleaning involves root planing and scaling, alternatives to the standard professional cleaning most patients undergo every six months. Scaling involves removing hardened bacteria and plaque from underneath your gum tissue. As for the “planing” part, Dr. Schmelter then smoothes out the root surfaces, which are areas where sticky bacterial plaque collects.
Dr. Schmelter not only can replace hard tissue (teeth), but he can also rebuild or replace your soft tissue (gums). Often, our gums will start to recede during periodontal disease and the aging process. Dr. Schmelter can use a special material to regenerate soft tissue at the gum line.
Gums are the framing that gives our smile its appearance. An attractive smile consists of a balanced tooth to gum ratio. However, if too much gum tissue shows, it often leads to a “gummy smile.” Likewise, most folks don’t want their smile to look too “toothy” either, which gum recession can do, making you seem more “long in the tooth.” Dr. Schmelter can help you achieve a healthy balance with appealing promotions by gently and precisely reshaping your gums.
Dr. Schmelter may use the Soft Tissue Management Plan (STM) to customize your ideal treatment strategy, which combines several elements from various periodontal techniques and procedures.
STM includes a periodontal exam that measures the “pockets” between your gums and teeth that develop as gum disease advances. Then these areas are thoroughly cleaned. Bacteria-destroying medicine is then applied to these pockets. Afterward, the doctor will continue to monitor how your gums are healing, which will call for more frequent visits to our office.
Please start the process of restoring your smile to its full glory or helping it reach its maximum potential by contacting My Time Dental Centers to schedule your appointment with Dr. Schmelter today. Our number is (623) 777-6456. And we are located at 1941 W Guadalupe Rd STE 120, Mesa, AZ.
Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter and his dedicated team welcome you to experience dentistry with a difference at My Time Dental Centers in Meza, Arizona. We believe in quality services over quantity of patients, and your comfort and wellbeing is our top priority.
Dr. Schmelter graduated at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and obtained his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree at Midwestern University-Illinois. He is a Fellow of both the California Implant Institute and the International Dental Implant Association, a Master of the International Dental Implant Association and a Diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association.