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Holistic Dentist Midland, TX
Tim W. Tannich, D.D.S., P.A.
Integrated Family Dental Health
Total Body Wellness
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432-242-6771

PERIODONTAL DISEASE

LASER PERIODONTAL TREATMENT FOR MIDLAND & ODESSA, TX

My staff and I have implemented modern methods of treating all areas of dental health including:
  • Periodontal Disease  
  • Laser and Ozone Therapy  
  • Cosmetic Dentistry  
  • Crowns and Dentures for Dental Implants  
  • TMJ, Migraine and Headache Pain Management 
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea    
Exceptional levels of success are our hallmark. We are a mercury-free practice. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to better dental health and improved well-being and Total Body Wellness. Although our multi-faceted program for the treatment of periodontal disease is highly successful, traditional therapy may be necessary. Periodontal disease cannot be eliminated in all patients. Be assured, however, that Dr. Tannich is fully committed to your best dental health. If it is necessary to refer you to a periodontal specialist, they will advise you. Dr. Tannich is not a periodontist, although he has engaged in advanced periodontal education.  

Our health care team is highly skilled, well trained and passionate about providing you with the personalized care you need. We are grateful that you have placed your trust in us. We pledge to listen carefully and respond effectively with your complete health in mind. My staff and I are dedicated to your dental health and general health. We want to provide you with optimal dental care that brings you into total body wellness. Studies continue to show the close connection between dental health and Total Body Wellness. 

We are equipped to help patients improve both. We want to work with you and your other health care providers to achieve your best possible health.
ABOUT GINGIVITIS & PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue. It is the most common form of periodontal disease and 85% of the population has gingivitis. It is completely reversible since there is no destruction of supporting tissue or bone. Swollen and bleeding gums are common and easily recognizable symptoms. Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis or gum disease) involves inflammation and destruction of supporting tissue and bone surrounding the tooth. The gums detach from the tooth causing a space between the tooth and gum. It becomes increasingly difficult to remove bacteria from these deep "pockets." Symptoms can include bleeding, swollen, receding, and painful gums, as well as bad breath. However, these symptoms do not have to be present to have active periodontal disease. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by pathogens (bacteria) that are present in plaque (biofilm) and begin to colonize and produce toxins that infect the tissue and bone. These pathogens don't stay just in the mouth, but enter the bloodstream through inflamed blood vessels in the gums and travel throughout the entire body. Through extensive research it has been found that chronic inflammation and bacteria present in the mouth are linked to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature low birth weight babies. 

TREATMENT

Periodontal disease progresses as the pocket gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to halting this progression of connective tissue and bone loss. Diagnosis requires current x-rays and measurements of the depth of space between the tooth and gum, also known as probings. Treatment can be non- surgical, laser assisted, and surgical. Non-surgical and laser assisted treatments are the most conservative and usually the first recommendation. If desired results are not achieved, then a referral to a specialist will be recommended. Non-surgical treatment is often referred to as scaling and root planing. ILE usually requires local anesthetic and treated one quadrant (quarter of the mouth) at a time. Tartar, bacteria, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line and on root surfaces. Laser assisted non-surgical treatment includes the same scaling and root planing as traditional non-surgical, but also includes the use of laser treatments. The laser will remove diseased and infected tissues from the lining of the pocket in a very conservative method. Homecare instructions are specific to each individual and their needs. Toothbrushes, home irrigators, and specialized products will be recommended and reviewed to help in achieving healing, oral, and total body wellness. 

MAINTENANCE

It only takes 24 hours for the biofilm that is not removed from your teeth and gums to calcify and become tartar. Daily home care and regular maintenance visits to the dentist are essential in maintaining dental and total body wellness. Once periodontal treatment is complete a maintenance schedule will be recommended. This usually includes periodontal cleanings and evaluations 4 times per year. In addition to the periodontal cleanings appointments will include: 

Radiographs (X-rays) — these are essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. 
Oral cancer screening with Oral I.D. — examination of tissue using specialized glasses and light that penetrates to the basal cell layer where cancer usually begins. This technique was designed in conjunction with M.D. Anderson. 
Probing — measuring and recording the pockets, evaluating for stability.
Examination of existing restorations — evaluating fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers for defects or recurrent decay Examination for tooth decay — evaluating tooth surfaces for cavities.
Tooth polishing— removing plaque and stain that is not removed through scaling and tooth brushing.
Oral hygiene and homecare instructions — review and recommendations for oral hygiene aids and products.

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