Many people don't realize that oral health impacts total health and wellness. As a general dentist, Dr. Alani is concerned about preserving your overall health with preventive and restorative dental care. Regular checkups and good home care will keep your smile healthy and strong.
Your comprehensive checkup will include digital x-rays, a periodontal assessment, bite analysis, and a tooth-by-tooth exam. Once we understand your oral health status, Dr. Alani will take immediate steps to correct general problems, such as decay or periodontal disease. We will create an individualized treatment course to restore the health of your teeth and gums. Before commencing an extensive restorative or cosmetic treatment plan, the dentist will always address underlying concerns. Integrity dictates that we build your smile on a solid, healthy foundation.
To prevent dental problems, we often suggest:
Because gum disease can wreak havoc on your mouth and lead to other serious health concerns, such as heart disease and diabetes complications, we provide periodontal therapy for gingivitis and periodontitis. At Dr. Alani's general dentistry office, we utilize different types of gum treatment, depending on the severity of the condition. Treatment can range from a debridement for gingivitis, which is a two-appointment procedure, to scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, and treatment with an antibiotic. Scaling and root planing, combined with a strict home hygiene routine and more frequent periodontal cleanings, will address gum disease and increase your potential for keeping your natural smile for life.
In addition to scaling and root planing, Dr. Alani offers gum treatment with Atridox, a locally applied antibiotic that lets us offer targeted care to the pockets below your gum line. Once applied, Atridox’s medicated gel will go to work against the harmful bacteria in your gum pockets, and it will continue to work for 21 days after your appointment.
There is also research suggesting that a daily probiotic supplement may help manage the inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease. Probiotics are known primarily for their role in building up the immune system and replenishing the intestine’s supply of friendly bacteria, but patients with gum disease may also benefit from regular treatment with a probiotic.
When you come to us for a checkup or consultation, we want you to leave with the clearest possible picture of your oral health. That’s why we use an intraoral camera during appointments. Using a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand, we can easily capture detailed video of your mouth and display it on a monitor for you to look at with Dr. Alani. With your smile on the monitor, we can point out areas in need of help and explain your treatment options. We can also use our camera to talk with you about improving your homecare routine, so that you better enjoy oral health in between appointments.
Expert care for extraordinary smiles. Call our Houston dental office to schedule a checkup, consultation, or second opinion visit with Dr. Alani. Located near the Galleria, we serve patients from the greater Houston area with top-notch dentistry.