General PeriodonticsLubbock, TX
Dental Crown LengtheningDo You Feel Like You Have Short, Squatty Teeth or a Gummy Smile?
Dr. Everett and Dr. Morgan can perform a crown lengthening procedure to make teeth appear longer by adjusting the bone and gingiva levels under local anesthesia. You can discuss options with Dr. Everett and Dr. Morgan if you also feel the need for an additional sedation.
Why Did My Referring Dentist Send Me Here?
Sometimes, a tooth will have decay or a fracture that comes in close proximity to the bone. For a successful restoration, the bone levels need adjusting to accommodate the health of the soft tissue in the space between the bone and the edge of the crown. This space or “biologic width” is typically 3 millimeters. If the space between the crown and bone is less than 3 millimeters, the gingiva can become irritated and prone to bleed easily, since the gum tissue doesn’t have enough space to heal properly. Imagine wearing a shoe two sizes too small and running around the block a few times; there is not enough space for comfort and health. After the tissues heal properly around the new bone levels, your dentist can complete the crown.
Having studied under Dr. Terry Rees at the Stomatology Center at University of Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Everett has experience managing disorders of the mouth that can cause ulcers or white patches. Biopsies of these oral lesions or tissue masses are submitted to and evaluated by an oral pathologist. With a diagnosis in hand, treatment can then be administered appropriately.Defeat Oral Disease With Help From a Specialist
Get an early advantage over oral disease with specialized oral medicine, diagnostic biopsies, and more. Schedule an appointment by emailing [email protected], or calling our office in Lubbock, TX at 806-686-1262. We offer a free consultation (typically valued at $400) that includes any radiographs Dr. Everett or Dr. Morgan may need for proper diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires.
Saving Teeth From Tooth ExtractionSaving Teeth From Periodontal Disease
Untreated periodontal disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. However, not everyone who develops periodontal disease needs to lose one or more teeth because of it. Saving teeth is an important role of your periodontist, and through advanced techniques and technology, Dr. Everett and Dr. Morgan can do so effectively and comfortably.Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)
The connection between periodontal disease and tooth loss lies in the damage that the disease causes to the tissues, ligaments, and bone structure supporting your roots. As periodontal tissues and jawbone mass are lost, there is little left to support your teeth, which will eventually require extraction (if they do not fall out on their own first).
In many cases, Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR,) and Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) can help rebuild those supportive structures to prevent tooth extraction or loss. Dr. Everett and Dr. Morgan will utilize biocompatible barrier membranes to guide the growth of new bone and tissue, restoring the deep pockets that have formed around your roots. With Videoscope-aided Minimally Invasive Surgery (VMIS), bone and tissue regeneration (as well as other oral surgery procedures) can be performed with minuscule incisions, reducing recovery time as well as discomfort during your procedure.GTR With V-MIS
With the utilization of Videoscope-aided Minimally Invasive Surgery (VMIS), only minute incisions are required to perform bone and tissue regeneration (as well as other oral surgery procedures). Recovery time and discomfort are also reduced during the procedure. Dr. Everett is one of only a handful of periodontists in the United States utilizing this technology and trained directly under the technique’s innovator, Dr. Steve Harrel. High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry is proud to be only the fourth office worldwide to offer this technique.
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