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4611 E Shea Blvd, Ste 250
Phoenix , AZ 85028 | Direction

Phoenix residents have many options in periodontal treatments

Healthy gums complement your smile and support whole body wellness. Yet, gum disease is extremely prevalent in this country, and easily ignored. Patients from Phoenix and far beyond come to Life Smiles Dental Care for options in periodontal treatments.

Importance of periodontal care

Gum disease is a leading cause of adult tooth loss, and it can start at any age. It causes chronic bad breath and receding soft tissues that contribute to tooth decay at the gum line. Gum disease triggers inflammation and infection that deteriorates connective tissues that anchor teeth. As gums are compromised, harmful bacteria enter the body. These organisms are linked to systemic inflammation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (increased risk of stroke and heart attack), Alzheimer’s disease, preterm births, and more.

An excellent routine of daily oral hygiene, regular cleaning and exam appointments, and professional periodontal care, as needed, is essential.

Treatment options

  • Ultrasonic scaling and root planing – With this nonsurgical technique, we gently remove plaque and hardened tartar beneath the gum line. Smoothing rough root surfaces helps gums re-establish a healthy seal. This treatment may reverse gingivitis, early stage gum disease.
  • When the condition has advanced, pockets develop between gum tissue and teeth. A pocket depth reduction procedure may be needed. The doctor retracts gum tissue to eliminate bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Diseased tissue is removed, and incisions are sutured for faster healing.
  • Bone graft – When periodontal disease shrinks bone mass, it can be supplemented with grafting. New bone growth supports facial features and may make dental implants possible in the future.
  • Guided bone and tissue regeneration – This technique uses a fibrin membrane to stimulate regrowth of bone tissue (ridge augmentation), or improvement in gingival (soft) tissue.
  • Soft tissue graft – For severe cases of gum recession, tissue is taken from a healthy area of the mouth and stitched to gums. It covers exposed root structure, reducing sensitivity and the risk of decay.

Gum disease is a quality of life issue. The doctors at Life Smiles Dental Care are here to help with personalized periodontal treatments. Call (602) 786-5484 for an appointment in Phoenix.

Dr. Paul Nielson, DDS, MAGD earned a zoology degree from Brigham Young University before completing dental studies at University of Washington, Seattle. He has practiced dentistry for over a decade, and has followed continuing education to exceed the state’s licensing requirements. He’s a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and holds membership in many professional associations. He’s especially interested in implant, cosmetic and sedation dentistry; and full mouth rehabilitation.
Dr. Timothy Schmidt, DMD, FAGD studied in Utah and Oregon, before serving at University of Washington School of Dentistry as an affiliate instructor. Then he returned to Arizona to serve his local community. As a member of several prestigious dental organizations, he aims to provide comfortable treatments delivering natural-looking and long-lasting results. He aims to raise dental healthcare standards through ongoing education, new technologies and by listening to patients’ concerns.

Success Story

Karen R.

Dr. Nielson is the best. I had to call him over the weekend with a dental emergency and he gladly helped me out. Also, I live 3 1/2 hours away and he is soooo worth the drive. Thank you Dr. Nielson!!!

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