Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants
Harrison L. Parks, DDS
Periodontics & Dental Implants located in Waco, TX
A highly trained and experienced periodontist is the number-one person that you need when it’s time for dental implants or advanced periodontal disease treatment. You can rely upon periodontist Harrison Parks, DDS, MS, at Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants in Waco, Texas, for the best in attentive and supportive care. Book your appointment using the online scheduler or by calling the office today.
What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who has specialized training in the areas of periodontal disease and dental implants. As a periodontal specialist, Dr. Parks diagnoses and treats all stages of periodontal disease.
His work also encompasses advanced dental cleanings, tooth extractions, gum grafting, bone grafting, and replacing lost teeth through dental implants.
When should I see a periodontist rather than a dentist?
Dentists often refer patients to Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants for help with advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis), missing teeth, bone loss, or gum tissue loss. For problems like advanced periodontal disease, you need more than just the standard dental cleaning offered by your general dentist.
Periodontists offer in-depth dental cleanings, called scaling and root planing, that focus on removing bacteria from the difficult-to-reach areas below your gums and even on your tooth roots. Only after your periodontal disease is addressed can you get the help you need in the form of dental implants or another type of teeth replacement.
How often should I see the periodontist?
It depends on your individual needs. Dr. Parks recommends a schedule that works well for you. On average, most patients have a checkup with their periodontist between one and four times annually. Your checkups are separate from procedures, so if you're getting new dental implants you may need additional appointments at Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants.
What if I'm scared of dental procedures?
As a periodontist, Dr. Parks offers sedation dentistry to alleviate your anxiety while ensuring safe and effective procedures. There are several options available for sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide (inhaled sedation), oral sedation (oral medication), and IV sedation.
If you experience dental fear or anxiety, Dr. Parks can discuss all of the options with you to help you determine which kind of sedation is best for you.
How long will my periodontics procedure take?
It depends on your needs. Dr. Parks uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment, supplies, and techniques to ensure the most effective, comfortable procedures in the shortest period of time possible. If you need dental implants, you'll typically need two or more appointments.
For the best care from an expert periodontist, click the online scheduler or call Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants for an appointment today.