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Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS

Periodontist located in Kingwood, TX

An important part of your oral health is the expert treatment you receive under the care of a periodontist. Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS, is a periodontist who serves the Kingwood, Texas, area. He specializes in the prevention and diagnosis of periodontal disease, as well as in advanced technology and methods for dental implants, and nonsurgical and surgical treatments. He is also an associate clinical professional, instructor, and lecturer for doctors worldwide in the field of periodontics. Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Cummings for expert periodontal care.

Periodontist Q & A

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist with advanced training and specialization in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of teeth and their surrounding tissues. These tissues include the gums, bone, palate, and soft tissues of the mouth.

Periodontists are considered the plastic surgeons of dentistry and can perform procedures that help to improve the look of your smile. They are specialists in the placement of dental implants and full arch dental restoration, as well as other oral surgeries, including:

  • Gum grafting
  • Bone grafting
  • Surgical periodontal pocket reduction
  • Cosmetic and functional dental crown lengthening
  • Root planing and scaling, or nonsurgical periodontal pocket reduction

Dr. Cummings is highly skilled in the area of advanced healing techniques, including plasma-rich growth factors, which help to regenerate bone and other oral tissues. He also utilizes advanced technologies in his office, enabling him to offer up-to-date, effective diagnosis and treatments of a variety of periodontal conditions.

What conditions does a periodontist treat?

Periodontists treat disease that affects the teeth and the surrounding structures, such as the gums, bone, and soft tissue. Conditions that Dr. Cummings may diagnose and treat include:

  • Periodontal disease, or gum disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Oral abscess or infection
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss
  • Several oral inflammation

Dr. Cummings uses advanced digital imaging to properly diagnose and plan treatment for periodontal disease, including the 3Shape TRIOS® Intraoral Scanner and the iCAT Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging System.

Should I see a periodontist?

While a general dentist can treat many oral health concerns effectively, periodontists offer a higher, more specialized level of care.

Those who may benefit from seeing a periodontist may include people who have:

  • Severe periodontal disease
  • A high risk for periodontal disease
  • Advanced oral disease
  • Tooth loss or loose teeth
  • Difficult to treat oral health problems
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease

During your initial consultation, Dr. Cummings takes time to get to know you, to understand your medical and dental history, and to properly diagnose your oral health risks and potential problems. He also does a thorough assessment of your teeth, gums, and tissues. He may order X-rays or other diagnostic testing.

Using his extensive knowledge in the field, he creates a plan of care that is personalized and specific to your needs.

To improve your oral health and receive specialized dental care, call or schedule an appointment online with Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS.