John T. Shen, D.D.S.
Oral Hygiene - Gum disease is caused by bacteria living in the plaque that's on your teeth. If the plaque is not removed in a timely manner, it will harden to become tartar and trap even more bacteria causing further damage. Our focus is to help you reduce the bacterial load in your plaque in order to prevent and treat periodontal disease. We believe that oral hygiene has more to do with your gum health than anything that can be done for you in the office, therefore, our top priority when treating gum disease is to help you improve your oral hygiene at home with specialized tools and techniques that will help keep that plaque off for good!
Periodontal Surgery - For those with more severe gum disease, where more damage has been done and a deep cleaning simply does not sufficiently remove all deposits on your teeth, periodontal surgery is a way to "get to the root of the problem". In this procedure, your gums are pushed away from the teeth so we can visualize the deposits and remove them for good.
Dental Implants - Sometimes despite our best efforts some teeth succumb to either cavities or gum disease. For the teeth that are lost, dental implants is by far the most ideal way to replace those teeth, given that there is enough bone to support the implant. A dental implant is basically a screw in the bone (underneath the gums) which will hold an artificial tooth (above the gums) in order to restore your chewing functions. Ask whether dental implants are right for you!
Bone Grafting - When there's an indication for an implant to be placed to replace a missing tooth but there isn't enough bone, we use bone grafts to grow back some bone in order to stabilize the implant.
Soft Tissue Grafting - We use soft tissue grafting procedures to cover up recessed gum tissue to treat sensitivity or simply create a better smile!
Dental Cleaning / Deep Cleaning - If you don't have gum disease, great! We will help you maintain your gum health by examining your oral hygiene skills and cleaning off any plaque that you could not get at home. If you have signs of tartar build up either above the gums or deep below the gums, a deep cleaning procedure will help you get your gums back to a clean slate in order for you to maintain at home.