BC Perio is one of three offices in Texas that has the technology for minimally invasive periodontal surgery (termed VMIS). Dr. John Tunnell has done extensive research on this new periodontal technique.
Minimally Invasive Treatment
Minimally invasive periodontal surgery (termed VMIS) is an innovative approach to periodontal treatment that only uses very small incisions in the areas requiring treatment, reducing or eliminating the need to flap the gum tissue back on multiple surrounding teeth like in traditional periodontal surgery. A camera is inserted under the gum tissue through these small incisions for visualization during the procedure and infected tissue and root surface debris can be removed without trauma to neighboring healthy sites. A bone graft mixed with growth factors is then placed around the teeth to aid in regeneration of the surrounding bone and gum tissue. These small surgical sites are typically closed with only a single suture that will dissolve on its own after a few days. Using VMIS, the depth of gum pockets can be reduced, allowing for a return to periodontal health. As a minimally invasive approach to periodontal treatment, VMIS has been shown to result in superior regeneration of the periodontium with less gum recession and less post-operative pain compared to traditional periodontal surgery.
While traditional periodontal surgery, which involves reflecting the gum tissue to allow for removal of infected tissue, cleaning of the tooth roots, and smoothing of the bone to reduce gum pocket depths is still an effective and in some cases more appropriate procedure, VMIS can serve as an alternative treatment under certain circumstances.
As the Governor’s office is issuing more guidance to relax restrictions around healthcare facilities, all of us at BC Perio are proud to start reopening our practice with enhanced measures to protect your health and the health of those around you.
Although we are in the beginning and very promising stages of re-opening our practice, we do want to reiterate that our staff will continue to strictly follow all governmental directives, and take extra precautions to help keep both our patients and staff safe. That includes:
All employees and patients are required to wear masks at all times. This is a preventative measure and is not indicative of anyone having or carrying the virus. Also, all staff members will be wearing CDC recommended PPE specific to their job duties during all patient appointments, including risk level exposure masks, face shields/ head covers, disposable gowns, and gloves.
Appointments are limited to the patient only; unless assistance is required or patient is a minor. At that time 1 additional visitor is accepted.
Frequent sanitation according to CDC protocol of common areas including reception and exam rooms and we will have hand sanitizer available for your use when in our office.
Advanced patient screenings including verbal questionnaire and temperature reading for any patient who requires an in-office visit and/or surgical procedure.
Alternative reception room processes are in place at BC Perio. These new processes may include, but are not limited to: Patients waiting in the car, patient immediately placed in the exam room after check-in and additional creative ways to ensure we respect social distancing restrictions and removal of all magazines and common items touched by multiple patients.
Please also make sure you are monitoring your health for flu-like symptoms. If you are experiencing cough, fever, and shortness of breath, please call to reschedule your appointment.
We are so grateful to once again be able to provide in-person care to our well-deserving patients, and we can’t wait to see you. To schedule your appointment please call 214-443-0876 during our normal office hours. Thank you for your patience with us as we move forward together during these uncertain times. We will continue to communicate with you as more updates become available.