Periodontics At Elko Dental Specialists

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Periodontics is the dental specialty focused on the health of your gums. If you think about it, the health of your gum tissue has a profound impact on your quality of life. Healthy gums can help you avoid a myriad of invasive and expensive dental procedures, tooth loss and bad breath. In fact, there’s really no way to have a healthy smile without healthy gums and Dr. McKeown can help you keep your gums healthy, keep you from losing any additional bone and, ultimately, help you keep your teeth for a healthy, beautiful, Elko Dental Specialists Smile.

Sean McKeown, DDS, DAPB

Dr. Sean McKeown was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Utah and graduated from dental school at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco in 2007.
After receiving his DDS, Dr. McKeown moved to Portland, Oregon and completed a general practice residency at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he practiced surgical and restorative dentistry, and gained valuable experience in the treatment of medically compromised patients. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in continuing his training in periodontics.

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He stayed in Portland to complete his specialty training, earning a Certificate of Advanced Education in Periodontics and Implantology at Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry. In addition to the treatment of periodontal disease, his residency program was heavily focused on oral implantology, periodontal plastic surgery procedures, and regenerative periodontal therapies.

Periodontology is a field that is constantly developing through research and technological innovations. Dr. McKeown enjoys staying on the cutting edge of therapy through a commitment to continual professional education. By incorporating the newest advances to proven therapies, Dr. McKeown is able to provide optimal treatment results to his patients. Dr. McKeown is excited for the opportunity to work with the Elko Dental Specialists, and he looks forward to improving his patient’s oral health in Elko for many years.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. McKeown dedicates one day a week to teaching periodontics at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. He currently serves as the president of the Intermountain Society of Periodontists, as well as sitting on the board of the Western Society of Periodontology.

In his free time, Dr. McKeown enjoys traveling, and spending time outdoors during warm weather and hibernating in the winter. His greatest joy is spending time with his wife and two sons.

An Ounce of Prevention

Is Worth A Pound of Cure

You've probably heard the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and there's no place where that's truer than with regard to your oral health. The good news is, if you or any member of your family has lost the floss for a little too long, has an issue with puffy or bleeding gums or just needs a little extra TLC to maintain bone structure and tooth anchorage, Elko Dental Specialists Periodontist is here to help. And you don't need a referral to see him - just schedule an initial exam.

Periodontic Frequently Asked Questions

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Common Problems

What We See the Most

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the soft-tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's why dental professionals try so hard to get their patients to brush and floss well (and regularly). When patients don't do that, it allows plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) to build up on the teeth and harden. Periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; bone loss - and tooth loss.

According to the National Institutes for Health, plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar and, in many cases, a visit to the periodontist is required.

There are a number of risk factors for gum disease, but smoking is the most significant. Smoking also can make treatment for gum disease less successful. Other risk factors include diabetes; hormonal changes in girls and women; diabetes; medications that lessen the flow of saliva; certain illnesses, and their medications; and genetic susceptibility.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

•  Bad breath that won’t go away
•  Red or swollen gums
•  Tender or bleeding gums
•  Painful chewing
•  Loose teeth
•  Sensitive teeth
•  Receding gums or longer appearing teeth


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