Top Periodontist Northeast Louisiana

Board Certified Periodontist
Periodontal Procedures, Options & Details

Dr. Jeffrey Anzalone has the experience and credentials you should look for when seeking periodontal treatment.

Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology

Only approximately 380 out of 196,000+ dentists in the USA hold Diplomate credentials from the American Board of Periodontology.

american-board-periodontology-certification louisiana-state-university-school-dentistry
american-academy-periodontology-certification north-american-society-periodontists-certification
american-dental-association-certification southern-academy-periodontology-certification
Dr. Anzalone is also one of only a few Periodontists in Louisiana with In-House Sedation.
Be relaxed and comfortable throughout your appointment.

Dr. Anzalone teams with our hygienist Rebekah Anzalone in treating periodontal disease. Rebekah is a highly trained hygienist who has worked exclusively for periodontists since graduating Louisiana State University. She is a past president of the Louisiana Dental Hygiene Association. She provides thorough deep cleanings and excellent oral hygiene education.

Because of Dr. Anzalone’s and Rebekah’s in-depth specialization in gum disease, many patients can eliminate their gum disease without having to experience any surgery.

14+ Years Clinical Experience in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Anzalone has averaged 35 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Louisiana are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period.

Periodontal Screening

Dr. Jeffrey Anzalone, with high-tech dental practice offices located in Monroe and Ruston, has been serving patients from Northeast Louisiana, Arkansas & Mississippi since 2006.

periodontal-consultation

Dr. Anzalone and Rebekah, our hygienist, specialize in treating gum disease.

Request Consultation

OR CALL (318) 998-3027 TO GET STARTED.

Aesthetic Gum Recontouring

Aesthetic Gum Recontouring

When gums cover too much of your teeth, it can make them look unnaturally short and give the appearance of a “gummy smile.” There can also be situations where the gum line is uneven or there is excessive gum tissue making the gums look too thick and bulky.

These conditions are not only a cosmetic concern, they can also make it more difficult to clean your teeth properly to prevent decay and gum disease. As a periodontist, Dr. Anzalone is a specialist in treatment of the gums, and he can correct any instances of excess gum tissue.

Expert Treatment for Gummy Smiles and Uneven Gum Lines

Gummy Smile Treatment

Dr. Anzalone can fix any gum issues so that your gums are healthy and aesthetically pleasing.

Click Open to Read More About Gum Recontouring

Fixing a Gummy Smile

People with “gummy smiles” often become very self-conscious about their appearance, and have been known to cover their smile with their hand or refuse to smile at all. A gummy smile, however, is not exclusively a cosmetic problem – it can also be an oral health liability.

Teeth that are covered by too much bone and gum tissue are harder to clean thoroughly, making them more susceptible to decay and gum disease. It is also harder to treat such teeth in the event of a cavity or fracture.

Dr. Anzalone corrects the gummy smile by gently removing the excess gum and bone tissue and exposing the proper amount of the crown. He then secures the gums in their proper position and shape around your teeth for an aesthetic, natural-looking smile.

Cosmetic Gum Recontouring

Your teeth can be white, straight and healthy, yet an uneven gum line around your teeth can make them appear to have odd shapes or make your smile look lopsided. Dr. Anzalone can gently and precisely reshape your gums around your teeth so that your entire gum line is properly proportioned, symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing.

Correcting Thick Gums

Sometimes there can be an overgrowth of gum tissue which makes the gums (and your smile) look excessively bulky. The overgrowth may cover some of your teeth, but it can also simply make the gum tissue look too thick. Dr. Anzalone can gently remove the excess gum tissue and restore proper thickness.

Request Consultation

OR CALL (318) 998-3027 TO GET STARTED.

Expert Gum Recession Treatment Specialist

As a periodontist, Dr. Anzalone is a dental specialist in the treatment of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth, and can expertly restore the natural gumline around your teeth with precise, minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Anzalone uses advanced materials and technologies to make gum recession treatments comfortable and fast-healing. He is one of the few practitioners in the United States who can deliver the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for Gum Recession, a breakthrough procedure that restores proper gum coverage without the need for grafts.

Gum Recession Treatment

gum-recession

Healthy gums that properly cover the teeth protect them from bacteria, erosive substances, injury and wear. When your gums recede from their natural position, they leave the tooth roots exposed and unprotected. They also make the teeth appear unnaturally long and can make you look older than you are. Gum recession is both a cosmetic and an oral health problem, and it is important to correct it as soon as it is discovered.

Click Open to Read More About Gum Recession Treatment

Why Treatment of Receding Gums is Important

Exposed tooth roots have heightened sensitivity to heat, cold and sweets. Tooth roots are also softer than enamel and are thus more subject to damage from aggressive brushing, food acids or bacteria.

Exposed roots are additionally more subject to decay, and can become so worn down that they fracture, break or loosen. Thus restoring full gum coverage is vital to preserving your oral health.

The Minimally Invasive Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for Receding Gums

The latest innovation for treating receding gums is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, a minimally invasive treatment that requires no grafting and can effectively correct gum recession over your entire mouth in as little as two hours. Dr. Anzalone is one of only a few dental practitioners in the United States who is certified to deliver this breakthrough procedure.

No incisions or sutures are required with the pinhole technique. Instead, Dr. Anzalone makes a tiny entrance point in the gums, about the size of a pinhole, and uses tiny specialized instruments to loosen the gum tissue and reposition it over the exposed tooth roots. There is little to no post-operative discomfort and healing time is usually less than a day.

The Chao Pinhole technique is suitable for certain patients. Dr. Anzalone will be able to tell you if you are a candidate after a full oral exam and evaluation.

Expert, Experienced Gum Grafting Treatment

The pinhole technique is an effective solution for many patients, yet there are certain situations that require traditional gum grafting treatment. When performing gum grafts, Dr. Anzalone takes special measures to make the treatment as comfortable and minimally invasive as possible.

Special growth proteins can be used instead of a graft

In certain circumstances, Dr. Anzalone can use a formulation of powerful growth proteins to regenerate new gum tissue, in combination with a gum graft. The proteins help generate strong gum tissue around the tooth roots and make the gums thick enough to provide adequate protection. These proteins also significantly reduce any post-treatment discomfort from the gum graft surgery.

Growth Proteins for Tissue Regeneration

Dissolvable Sutures

Dr. Anzalone uses dissolvable sutures in all surgical procedures. These are biocompatible and dissolve on their own over time, so that you do not need to come back for a second appointment to have your sutures removed.

Natural-looking Results

No matter which procedure is used, your new gums will look completely natural in color, will blend seamlessly with the surrounding tissue and will provide strong protection for your teeth. A restored gumline can also give you a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing smile.

Request Consultation

OR CALL (318) 998-3027 TO GET STARTED.

Chao Pinhole® Technique for Receding Gums

Some of our patients are able to receive a breakthrough, minimally invasive treatment for gum recession known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST). With the PST, gum recession can be effectively corrected without the cutting, suturing and postoperative discomfort that are part of traditional gum surgery.

Dr. Anzalone is one of the few dental practitioners in the United States who is trained and certified to deliver this procedure.

No incisions or sutures are required with the pinhole technique. Instead, Dr. Anzalone makes a tiny entrance point in the gums, about the size of a pinhole, and uses tiny specialized instruments to loosen the gum tissue and reposition it over the exposed tooth roots. There is little to no post-operative discomfort and healing time is usually less than a day.

Gum Recession Consultation

A Fast, Comfortable Procedure

No Incisions, Gum Grafts or Sutures are Needed

With the Pinhole Surgical Technique, Dr. Anzalone is able to treat up to 14 teeth at one time. Only a local anesthetic is required, and the entire procedure can be completed in about two hours. Since no incisions, gum grafts or sutures are needed, there is little to no discomfort and healing is fast. In fact, most patients are able to resume their normal activities the next day.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique was developed in 2006 by Dr. John Chao to provide his patients with an effective method of correcting gum recession that was gentle on the tissues and fast-healing. The treatment has been extensively tested since its introduction and has been shown to produce uniformly stable and long-lasting results.

Gum Disease Treatment

As a periodontist, Dr. Anzalone is a highly trained specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. He treats mild to very severe periodontitis. Dr. Anzalone uses gentle methods that effectively get to the source of the problem and ensure that the gum disease doesn’t return and your teeth remain firmly placed in your gums.

gum-disease-treatment-deep-cleaning

Save Your Teeth With Effective Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease leads to periodontitis, where the bacteria starts infecting the bone. If left untreated, periodontitis can damage the bone and lead to tooth loss. Dr. Anzalone effectively treats periodontitis and repairs any damage so that you can once again have healthy teeth that will stay that way.

How We Treat Gum Disease

Accurate Treatment Plan

To determine the stage and extent of your gum disease, Dr. Anzalone takes a digital panoramic X-ray which gives an overview of the entire mouth, including the teeth and bone. He will gently probe the depth of the spaces between your gums and teeth (known as pockets) to record the level of gum detachment. He will also manually check your teeth to see if any have become loose.

Based on his findings, Dr. Anzalone will formulate a precise, custom treatment plan to effectively eradicate the infection and restore the health of your gums.

Deep Cleaning—Our First Line of Attack!

Generally, our first line of attack in treating gum disease is a thorough deep cleaning (also known as scaling and root planing). Our hygienist has extensive experience in periodontal cleanings and is trained to provide a very thorough deep cleaning. These cleanings are far more thorough than the usual cleanings our patients have experienced.

Ultrasonic Scaler

By using an ultrasonic scaler, our deep cleanings are thorough and gentle.

As a result, in many cases, we can eliminate the gum disease just with the deep cleaning, patient education and correct home care.

Effective home oral care education

Proper home oral care is vital for the long-term success of your treatment. Our hygienist will educate you on how to care for your teeth and gums between visits and how to keep gum disease away once your treatment has been completed.

periodontal-consultation

Our experienced hygienist will educate you in best home care practices.

Using intraoral images, she will show you where your problem areas lie and instruct you on correct brushing and flossing techniques. She will also recommend the proper cleaning tools to use for maximum effectiveness.

Follow-up evaluation

Dr. Anzalone will see you approximately two weeks after your deep cleaning to reexamine your teeth and gums. He will determine if healing has adequately progressed or if further actions are required to achieve proper recovery.

If healing is adequate, Dr. Anzalone will start you on a program of maintenance cleaning appointments to preserve your oral health. If anything further is needed to achieve the desired result, he will explain what needs to be done in easy-to-understand terms, and will answer all your questions.

Why Gum Disease Needs to Be Treated

Gum disease is a bacterial infection combined with inflammation that causes the gums to detach from the teeth and the surrounding bone to be eaten away. It progresses from a mild stage of inflamed and bleeding gums only (gingivitis) to a more severe stage of gradual gum detachment and bone loss (periodontitis).

periodontal-Gum-Disease-graphic

If allowed to continue for too long, periodontitis can result in the loss of teeth. Bone loss in the jaw eventually causes a collapse inwards of the lower face and a prematurely aged look.

It is also important to treat gum disease for reasons beyond its immediate impact on the teeth, gums and jawbone. Gum disease has been linked to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Gum Disease

Thorough and Gentle Removal of the Bacteria That Cause Gum Disease

Rebekah, our highly skilled hygienist, helps Dr. Anzalone with treatment of severe gum disease, and also provides expert deep cleanings for patients with mild to moderate gum disease.

deep-cleaning-4

She is highly trained and experienced in periodontal disease treatment and patient education, and is known by our patients for her friendly, gentle approach and thorough work. Rebekah is a past president of the Louisiana Dental Hygienists’ Association, where she oversaw continuing education classes for fellow hygienists.

How Deep Cleaning Works

Scaling

Scaling is the action of removing plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) and calculus (hardened accumulations of plaque) from the tooth surfaces above and below the gumline. We use an ultrasonic scaler to gently and thoroughly remove these deposits. Ultrasonic scalers generate high-speed vibrations which break up and dislodge deposits while simultaneously shattering the cell walls of the bacteria and killing them. Ultrasonic scalers are gentler on the teeth and more comfortable for patients.

Ultrasonic Scaler

By using an ultrasonic scaler, our deep cleanings are thorough and gentle.

As a result, in many cases, we can eliminate the gum disease just with the deep cleaning, patient education and correct home care.

Root Planing

Root planing is the action of taking a special instrument and smoothening out any rough surfaces, abrasions, small pits and residual calculus on the roots of the teeth. For effective gum disease treatment, it is vital that the root surfaces are made smooth. Smooth surfaces make it easy for the gums to reattach to the tooth, and difficult for new bacteria to lodge.

Effective home oral care education

Proper home oral care is vital for the long-term success of your treatment. Our hygienist will educate you on how to care for your teeth and gums between visits and how to keep gum disease away once your treatment has been completed.

periodontal-consultation

Our experienced hygienist will educate you in best home care practices.

Using intraoral images, she will show you where your problem areas lie and instruct you on correct brushing and flossing techniques. She will also recommend the proper cleaning tools to use for maximum effectiveness.

Antibacterial and Antibiotic Therapy for Enhanced Disinfection

As needed, we may use an antibacterial rinse on your teeth and gums as an additional treatment to wipe out any possible bacteria remaining after scaling and root planing. We also have the option of applying a time-released topical antibiotic which works over a ten day period. For severe infections, we may prescribe an appropriate oral antibiotic to attack the disease-causing bacteria through the bloodstream.

What is “Deep Cleaning”?

Deep cleaning is a much more comprehensive procedure than a simple cleaning of the teeth, which mainly removes bacteria on the visible part of the teeth above the gumline. A deep cleaning involves thorough removal of the accumulated bacterial deposits lying both above and well below the gumline. It is the bacteria resting below the gumline that are causing the infection known as periodontal (gum) disease.

Our hygienist performs gentle, thorough deep cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacterial accumulations that cause gum disease. This often eliminates the need for more invasive procedures, such as periodontal surgery.

Who Can Receive a Deep Cleaning?

Our expert deep cleanings are available as a service to anyone with gum disease, even if it is only in a beginning stage. The earlier the infection is caught and reversed, the better. For cases of moderate and sometimes even severe gum disease, Dr. Anzalone will always start with a full deep cleaning. Depending on your individual circumstances, it may be possible to eliminate the disease with this procedure alone.

Gentle and Effective Periodontics for Children and Teens

Although the majority of periodontal treatment is done on adults, there are times when children and teens need periodontal treatment as well.

periodontics-for-children

Children and teens rarely need treatment for gum disease caused by bacterial infection, but they will occasionally need gum or oral soft tissue procedures of various kinds. They also may need procedures that will help with orthodontic correction.

Attentive and Comfortable Care

Dr. Anzalone is highly trained and experienced in the treatment of children and teens, and provides these services in a friendly, gentle and reassuring manner. He knows that kids require a delicate touch and always makes sure they are comfortable. He also makes sure both you and your child understand exactly what is going to be done so your child can relax and you can help reassure them when necessary.

Procedures for Children and Teens

The following are the main procedures Dr. Anzalone performs for children and teens:

Tooth Exposure for Orthodontics

Certain teeth, such as the canines, can sometimes fail to “erupt” (break through the gumline), and thus do not move into their natural position on the dental arch. If your child is receiving orthodontic treatment and this situation exists, the orthodontist will need to have the crown of the non-erupted tooth exposed so that an orthodontic bracket can be placed on it.

Dr. Anzalone can gently expose the crown of a non-erupted tooth and place the necessary bracket so that orthodontic treatment can occur. This procedure is mostly performed on teens and pre-teens, but Dr. Anzalone also provides this service for adults as applicable.

Removal of Excess Gum Tissue

Occasionally, there is an overgrowth of gum tissue which makes the gums appear too thick. Excess gum tissue can also cover parts of the teeth and make them difficult to clean. Dr. Anzalone gently removes the excess gum tissue around the teeth, making it possible to properly clean the teeth and maintain oral health. Having the gums in the proper size and relationship to the teeth can also enhance your child’s smile and boost their self-confidence.

Gum Grafting

Children and teens will sometimes have receding gums around some of their teeth. Receding gums leave the tooth roots exposed and vulnerable to decay, damage and wear, as tooth roots are much softer than tooth enamel. Dr. Anzalone can gently restore a proper, healthy gum line with minimally invasive procedures.

Frenectomies

A frenum is a small fold of soft tissue that connects two parts of the inside of your mouth and limits the motion of one of the parts. There are frena between the lips and the gum, and there is one under the center of the tongue. Sometimes, a frenum is too strong or large and restricts the motion of one of the lips or the tongue too thoroughly.

This can make it difficult to speak or chew properly, and can also result in gum recession and a misaligned bite.

Dr. Anzalone gently reduces the size of the frenum to bring it into the proper proportion.

Featured Patient Experience

“I had an overgrowth of gums due to space closures and braces. Dr. Anzalone and the staff are very patient and open to questions and have the ability to adequately explain the procedure. I had lots of questions and Dr. Anzalone answered them all. He was also very clear about what to expect. The procedure was seamless and I am able to floss again.”

Donzell
Gum Recontouring

Read Reviews & Testimonials From
Actual Patients

vickie-dental-implants-review
cherrie-extraction-dental-implant-review
mickey-extraction-dental-implants-gum-treatment-review
lucia-dental-implants-gum-disease-treatment-review
donzell-gum-recontouring-review
The Anzalone Periodontics Experience
Read more patient experiences with Dr. Anzalone and team.

Request Consultation with Dr. Anzalone
(318) 998-3027
Reach out to us using this simple & secure form.
Text Message OK? YesNo