Comprehensive Exam
This exam is a complete evaluation of the factors pertaining to your oral health. The doctor will assess your oral and facial structures including your teeth, jaws, soft tissues, bite and muscles. A review of your medical and dental history will be done to determine relevant past conditions that may be influencing your present oral health. All new patients receive this exam.

Periodic Oral Exam
Regular evaluations by the doctor insure that changes in your oral health are recognized and treated quickly. Please be sure to advise our staff of any changes in your general health.

Limited Exam
This exam is limited to one area or to a certain problem and is NOT a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health.

Emergency Exam
Time is always made available for treatment of emergency conditions.

Oral Pathology

In addition to periodontal disease, other diseases of the oral and paraoral structures including oral soft tissues, mucous membranes, teeth, jaws and salivary glands can be present.  Recognizing, identifying and treating abnormalities in these tissues is important for the overall wellbeing of our patients and is part of our service.


All is not lost if one or more teeth are lost.  Having dental implants is like getting your teeth back again.  These are titanium prostheses used to replace tooth roots.

Phase I Periodontal Services

Phase I procedures are nonsurgical measures that aim to eliminate oral disease and stabilize teeth.

Oral Hygiene
Effective removal of the bacterial biofilm, (plaque), which builds up daily, is essential for successful outcomes.

Full Mouth Debridement
General removal of plaque and tartar that causes inflammation is the first step in controlling periodontal diseases.

Scaling and Root Planing/Sub Gingival Curettage
This procedure aims to clean out infection and debris from pocket areas and to remove accretions from diseased root surfaces.

Bite Appliances
Bite appliances are used sometimes during active therapy and also during maintenance periods. During active treatment, a bite appliance can help stabilize loose teeth, aid minor tooth movement, relax tense jaw muscles and protect against the effects of clenching and grinding as well as facilitate occlusal adjustment.

Occlusal Guard
This is a specific kind of bite appliance used during or after treatment to offset the effects of clenching and grinding. It is primarily worn at night.

Occlusal Adjustment
An Occlusal adjustment is a procedure that aims to reshape the teeth so that biting forces are distributed evenly and the teeth function smoothly during chewing.

Minor Tooth Movement
MTM is a limited orthodontic procedure designed to position teeth for periodontal purposes. This procedure is sometimes necessary prior to occlusal adjustment, restorative dentistry, or definitive periodontal repair.

Provisional Splinting
This procedure temporarily stabilizes loose teeth. A variety of methods and appliances may be employed.

Phase II Periodontal Services

Phase II procedures are surgical measures designed to repair or regenerate structures damaged by the disease process.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery
This procedure adds or subtracts gum tissue in order to create natural contours and pleasing esthetics and to support restorative dental needs.

Crown Lengthening
This procedure is often necessary to obtain adequate sound tooth structure in preparation for tooth restoration. The procedure, like all other surgical procedures, must be performed in a healthy periodontal environment and is often preceded by periodontal clean-up procedures.

Soft Tissue Graft
This is a graft of keratinized tissue designed to establish a hard fiber attachment over healthy bone and root surfaces for the protection of the underlying structures.

The hard fiber acts as a barrier which helps resist physical, chemical, and biological insults.

Connective Tissue Graft
This type of graft is used primarily to cover exposed root surfaces for esthetic needs. It is also used to build up deficient ridges for esthetic or prosthetic purposes and can also be utilized during regenerative procedures.

Sometimes hopeless teeth need to be removed and the resultant sockets debrided of infection and rebuilt with bone grafting.

Osseous Surgery
This procedure is used to reshape damaged bone for the purpose of eliminating periodontal pockets.

Bone Regeneration
This procedure is designed to regenerate lost biological structures. A variety of techniques and materials are utilized.

Sinus Graft
This graft is a bone augmentation procedure of the floor of the sinus cavity once the sinus membrane has carefully been elevated. Its purpose is to provide adequate bone for the placement of implants.

Ridge Augmentation
This procedure replaces bone in ridge areas that have been resorbed or damaged. The purpose is to improve esthetics or provide bone for implant placement.

Maintenance Phase

The most important therapy for long-term success is periodic maintenance of a successfully-treated patient.  This includes periodontal debridement, evaluation of occlusion (bite, including bite appliances), evaluation of gum attachments, an oral pathology examination, and evaluation of oral hygiene. Please click here to read It’s All About Perio Maintenance article.

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John T. Burdine

Dr. John T. Burdine graduated from the University of Texas in 1966 with a B.S. in chemistry and from the Houston Dental Branch in 1970 with a D.D.S degree.