Preventive Services

v-perfectSmileDid you know that 80% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease? Someone may experience bleeding, puffy or inflamed gums, and yet not recognize this “silent” disease because bone loss is completely painless! In addition, significantly more Americans are unaware that diseases of the mouth can directly impact their overall health. Recent research indicates that gum infections may have a direct relationship to cardiovascular disease. Additionally, gum disease has been shown to be related to premature deliveries, pre-term, low birth weight babies, and diabetes.

As board certified periodontists, Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway seek to treat the disease that destroys gum and supporting bone in order to promote your total health. Beautiful smiles begin with healthy gums and bone. Both Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway are committed to your overall health. With their expertise, combined with state-of-the-art technology, you can expect excellent results.

Comprehensive Periodontal Examination

During a thorough examination of the gum tissues, Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway collect data related to bone levels, pocket depths, bleeding points, and overall gum and bone health. This examination enables Dr. Humphreys, Dr. Galloway and your referring dentist help provide you with the appropriate diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan for your specific needs.

Oral Cancer Screening

If you are a tobacco or smokeless tobacco user, you are at higher risk for oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to early detection. Please note that we provide oral cancer screenings at each preventive care appointment.

Periodontal Maintenance

After periodontal therapy, it is extremely important that you maintain your dental health. To achieve this, it is important that you return on a regular basis for routine examination, x-rays, scaling and root planing. We generally request that you alternate periodontal maintenance visits between our office and your referring dentist. Regular preventive care is the best assurance of future oral health.

Tooth Desensitization

Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway can help treat tooth sensitivity and the pain associated with sensitive teeth.  Tooth Desensitization can help reduce the level of sensitivity often associated with gum recession.