Kevin Lee, DMD

Dr. Kevin Lee is our highly-skilled on-staff periodontal specialist. Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontists specialize in the treatment and surgery of this area, which is often characterized by gum disease. Plaque is the most common element causing gum disease.

Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental check-ups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodintitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease.

Common problems associated with gum disease:

  • “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
  • Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
  • Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
  • Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
  • Tooth loss or tooth movement

The effects of gum disease can be detrimental to your dental health, especially if you lose a tooth. However, if a tooth is lost due to gum disease, Dr. Lee can provide a dental implant as a permanent solution. With proper preventive care and regular oral hygiene, you can avoid the many problems associated with gum disease.

Dr. Lee also places dental implants for patients who have more than one missing tooth or if their dentures are ill-fitting. Dentures can slide around in the mouth and be uncomfortable, while dental implants are more permanent. When you have few or no teeth, your body will begin to reabsorb your jawbone. This reabsorption will cause your facial structure to diminish, resulting in facial collapse. Once you have lost a significant amount of jawbone, you dentures will not fit properly and can fall out at inopportune times. If you get dental implants, you can prevent the jawbone reabsorption. The implants can also be used to secure your dentures so they will stay in place.

Please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation with Dr. Kevin Lee.