Gum disease can affect the health and appearance of your gums and even be detrimental to your overall health and well-being.

At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., our specialists provide advanced periodontal care to address gum disease and related conditions at every stage.

Seeking timely treatment is essential...
 



We can perform a full range of treatments but strive to use the most conservative methods...
 


If you need periodontal care, you are not alone...

A Common Issue Amongst Adults



You should trust your periodontal health to experts...
 



At our Jackson periodontal practice, we have been helping our patients achieve excellent oral health for more than 30 years. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, or have concerns about your periodontal health, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with us.

Periodontal Disease Basics

The specialists at Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., explain the basics of periodontal disease at their Jackson, MS, office. Their wide variety of periodontal treatments can help eliminate common conditions, as well as prevent more serious ones. As a result of their proven expertise and leadership, they have helped many patients achieve a truly healthy smile.

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About Periodontal Disease

Gum disease can damage the teeth and underlying bone structure. Bacteria and plaque below the gum line are the primary causes of gum disease. In the early stages of the condition, known as gingivitis, the gums become red and inflamed, and they can bleed easily. As the condition progresses into periodontitis, the bacteria and plaque cause pockets to form between the gums and tooth roots. As the pockets grow and periodontal disease advances, the teeth can become loose.

Illustration of the stages of gum disease

Gum Disease and Overall Health

Studies have found that gum disease can also increase your risk of several other medical conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Premature birth

We believe it is very important for patients to have a comprehensive understanding of how to prevent gum disease, so provide patient education videos and brochures in our waiting room.

Periodontal Disease Risk Factors

Periodontal disease can affect anyone with poor oral health habits. Other risk factors associated with a higher incidence of gum disease include:

  • Tobacco use - Those who smoke or use chewing tobacco are at a much greater risk of developing periodontal disease. They also tend to develop more serious forms of gum disease, and have much lower chances of successful treatment.
  • Diabetes - Like other conditions that compromise your immune system (AIDS, leukemia, high stress), patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing infections, including periodontal disease.
  • Certain medications - Many medications cause side effects such as dry mouth, which reduces the flow of saliva. Without adequate saliva production, plaque is more likely to accumulate, making the patient more vulnerable to gum disease. 
  • Hormonal changes - Changes in body hormones, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can increase the risk of periodontal disease.
  • Genetics - Patients who have a family history of gum disease are at a much higher risk of developing the condition themselves.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., we can treat all stages of gum disease. We can teach you how to properly care for your teeth and gums so you can minimize your risk of developing periodontal disease and other conditions. Patients in the early stages of gum disease are generally good candidates for more conservative treatments, while advanced cases will require a more aggressive approach.

Treatment Options

We offer a complete range of gum disease treatments:

  • Antibiotics - We may prescribe antibiotics to eliminate infection. Medication could be administered as pills, medicated toothpaste, or mouthwash.
  • Scaling and root planing - This deep cleaning procedure is effective in cleaning the teeth below the gum line, and reducing the pockets that can develop between the teeth and gums. 
  • LANAP® - The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) uses light energy to eradicate bacteria in the pockets that form between the gums and teeth in advanced stages of gum disease. In addition to eliminating infection, the light energy also fosters reattachment of the gums to the teeth, and can stimulate bone growth. 
  • Flap procedure - The flap procedure allows your dentist to clean the root of the tooth and repair bone damage. A small flap will be created in the gum tissue to allow access to the root, and then stitched back into place following the procedure.


 

Laser Gum Therapy

Using advanced laser technology, our team can identify and eliminate bacteria below the gum line to effectively treat periodontal disease. As this technique is less invasive than traditional methods, patients can experience reduced bleeding and recovery time following the procedure.

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Periodontal Surgery Procedure

Following LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) protocol, our team can perform all stages of gum surgery without creating incisions. Using a dental laser, we can remove tartar and bacteria from the pockets between your teeth and gums, and seamlessly reattach the gums to the tooth surface.

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Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® Grafting

Our team is pleased to provide the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® to our patients. This method of gum grafting requires only a pinhole sized incision, through which the soft tissues can be moved into the proper alignment. No sutures are required, and recovery time is significantly reduced.

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LANAP Laser vs Traditional Gum Surgery

Traditional periodontal surgery involves the use of a scalpel to remove diseased gum tissue. Using the LANAP technique, our team can eliminate infected tissue with an advanced dental laser. This process reduces pain and recovery time and encourages smooth gum reattachment and bone regeneration.

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Other Periodontal Procedures

Gummy Smiles

Cosmetic gum contouring can remove excess gum tissue, giving your smile an attractive frame.  Using our specially designed lasers, we can reshape the gums for a more uniform and refined smile. There is no significant downtime, and patients can enjoy the aesthetic benefits immediately after treatment.

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Cosmetic Gum Contouring

For patients with asymmetrical gums or excessive gum tissue, our team can contour your gum line to create a beautiful, even smile. This treatment is virtually painless and can be performed in a single appointment. Gum contouring can enhance your smile and your self-confidence.

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Correcting Gum Recession

Patients with receding gums can undergo soft tissue grafting to protect the tooth roots. During this procedure, healthy gum tissue is harvested from the roof of your mouth or other areas of your smile. This treatment can reduce your risk of dental decay and improve the appearance of elongated teeth.

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Bad Breath

Embarrassing at best, bad breath can often be a sign of more severe health conditions like periodontal disease or even diabetes. A professional diagnosis can determine the cause and lay the foundations for effective treatment.

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Pocket Reduction

By shrinking down the size of the pockets formed by periodontal disease, this procedure can eliminate bacteria and reduce your risk of long-term damage to the gums. 

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After Periodontal Treatment

After your treatment, it is important to adopt improved oral hygiene techniques to ensure that the mouth remains healthy. You may be prescribed additional medications, such as special toothpaste or mouthwash, to aid in recovery and healing. 

Unparalleled Periodontal Care

With a Team of Dedicated Specialists

Drs. Parkes and Stewart are highly qualified to provide exceptional periodontal care, including:

- Over 35 years in practice
- Access to the latest tools and technology
- Extensive training in periodontics and related treatments
- Membership in prestigious organizations in the field

Our doctors take immense pride in helping patients maintain a healthy, functional smile. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (601) 956-1230.

Drs. Parkes and Stewart are highly qualified to provide exceptional periodontal care, including: - Over 35 years in practice - Access to the latest tools and technology - Extensive training in periodontics and related treatments - Membership in prestigious organizations in the field  Our doctors take immense pride in helping patients maintain a healthy, functional smile. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (601) 956-1230.

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Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff. Alex S.

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406 Briarwood Dr
Ste 101
Jackson, MS 39206

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Jackson Office

406 Briarwood Dr
Ste 101
Jackson, MS 39206

More Info Directions (601) 956-1230