Don Ratliff, DDS
1303 Sunset Dr. Suite 1
Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
(423) 282-5208
 

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1303 Sunset Drive, #1
Johnson City, TN 37604



Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available.  Also, ADA has a website that you may also be of help to you: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/       If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

 

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming "pockets" around the teeth. Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to thrive and wreak havoc.

As bacteria accumulate and advance under the gum tissue in these deep pockets, additional bone and tissue loss follows. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.

Flap surgery is sometimes performed to remove tartar deposits in deep pockets or to reduce the periodontal pocket and make it easier for you or your dental professional to keep the area clean. This common surgery involves lifting back the gums and removing the tartar. The gums are then sutured back in place so that the tissue fits snugly around the tooth again.

A pocket reduction procedure is recommended if daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional care routine cannot effectively reach these deep pockets.

In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.


Johnson City, TN Dentist Don Ratliff, DDS

Dr. Don Ratliff is a general dentist providing dental procedures such as teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers in Johnson City. Dr. Don Ratliff is licensed as a general dentist in the state of TN.

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