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Thomas A. Copulos, DDS

Periodontist | Periodontics

1000 Nw 9th Ct Suite 106 Boca Raton FL, 33486

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Dr. Thomas Copulos practices Periodontics in Boca Raton, FL. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Dr. Copulos has expertise in the treatment of oral inflammation and often treats problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Some treatments that Dr. Copulos provides are scaling and root planing and root surface debridement.

Education and Training

Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry D.D.S.

Provider Details

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Thomas A. Copulos, DDS's Expert Contributions
  • How can I get rid of my gum infection?

    A gum infection should only be treated by a dentist or periodontist. They will do an evaluation including an X-ray to determine the cause of the infection. Then the appropriate treatment will be rendered. Please contact your dentist as soon as possible. READ MORE

  • Do they put you to sleep for gum graft surgery?

    Yes you can be put to sleep for a gum graft surgery. Sedation comes in many forms. Nitrous oxide or more commonly known as laughing gas will reduce your anxiety. Oral sedation requires prescription sleeping medication to be taken the day of surgery. You are still awake but are sedated. IV sedation is the highest level. The level of sedation should be discussed with your surgeon before the scheduled surgery date. READ MORE

  • Is pinhole gum surgery painful?

    No. Pinhole is a minimally invasive procedure to correct receding gums. Most patients only take ibuprofen for a day or two and report soreness but not pain. READ MORE

  • How long do stitches stay in after tooth extraction and bone graft?

    Depends on the sutures used. Gut sutures, usually brown in color, will eventually dissolve after 5-7 days. All other types of sutures are not dissolvable and will be removed by your surgeon when he feels the soft tissue has healed enough for the sutures to be removed. This is usually after 14 days. Speak with your surgeon to discuss when he feels it is appropriate to remove your sutures. READ MORE

  • Does gingivitis go away?

    Gingivitis, or bleeding gums, must be treated by you and your dentist for it to go away. The treatment will include scaling and root planing performed by your dental hygienist, dentist or periodontist. It also requires the patient improve their home care with better brushing techniques, flossing and mouthwash. It is reversible and a warning sign of a more severe disease called periodontitis or bone loss which is not reversible and can lead to tooth loss. Please discuss your gum health with your dentist for the best treatment for you. READ MORE

  • Is it safe to remove all 4 wisdom teeth at once?

    Yea it is safe to remove the third molars commonly known as wisdom teeth all at once. Most patients prefer this because sedation may be involved and recovering from surgery only is done once. Speak with your surgeon to determine which is best for you. READ MORE

  • Is periodontitis reversible?

    Unfortunately if you have lost bone from periodontitis this is not reversible. However the disease can be managed to prevent further bone loss and establish a healthier mouth through non surgical and surgical procedures. If untreated it can lead to tooth loss. Please speak with your dentist or periodontist for the best treatment for you. READ MORE

  • Can dental implants cause neck pain?

    Neck muscular pain is not directly attributed to your dental implants but could be attributed to having to open wider than normal during the procedure. If you clench or grind your teeth, your mouth is not comfortable opening very wide for an extended period of time. During the surgery your mouth was open and strained the neck muscles. This will take time to return to normal. If you are having jaw bone pain near the surgery this is related to the surgery. In either case, call your surgeon to evaluate your condition. READ MORE

  • How long does it take gums to heal after deep cleaning?

    Each patient is different and how advanced your disease has progressed determined how deep your dentist or hygienist had to clean can affect healing time. It is my experience that within the first few hours after the procedure there is minimal to moderate pain. The few patients who do have pain take a Tylenol or Advil to control it. By nightfall or the next day, the gums throb but no pain. Prolonged discomfort could be caused by other conditions including grinding or clenching of teeth, receded gums, poor tissue condition. Please contact your dentist or periodontist to follow up with you and evaluate why you are in discomfort. READ MORE

  • When can I brush my dental implant?

    Typically a medicated mouthwash is prescribed to clean the surgical area for two weeks after surgery. The first two weeks are critical in the initial stages of healing. After the two weeks, an extra soft toothbrush can be used or a gauze wipe around the healing cap to keep the area clean. After a few weeks of more healing routine brushing and flossing can begin. Discuss this with your surgeon for more details. READ MORE

  • Can an oral surgeon remove an infected tooth?

    Yes that is their specialty. READ MORE

  • What happens if you get decay under a crown?

    If you have a cavity under an existing crown, it is typically a new cavity. The crown will need to be replaced. Sometimes the new cavity infects the pulp, and a root canal will need to be done as well. This cannot be seen on an X-ray and the dentist will not know until he takes off your crown. If you have further questions, please contact your general dentist. READ MORE

  • What hurts more a tooth extraction or root canal?

    A root canal removes the nerve from an infected tooth. The extraction removes a tooth from your mouth. Both can cause mild moderate discomfort which can be relieved with Motrin. Ask your dentist for more information. READ MORE

  • Can I save my teeth with periodontal disease?

    Yes you can save your teeth. At your age gum disease is in its earliest stage, gingivitis. This is reversible with deeper cleanings performed by your dentist, hygienist or periodontist. This disease can also cause bone loss which is not reversible. If you lose too much bone, you will lose teeth. Seek out treatment athe earlier stage to prevent tooth loss. READ MORE

  • Does a tooth infection always require a root canal?

    When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected there are two treatment options; root canal or extraction. Speak to your dentist for advice on which option is best for you. READ MORE

  • How long does jaw pain last after dental implants?

    If this is a delayed implant, placement discomfort after surgery usually lasts one to two days. If there’s additional treatment at the time of implant placement including extraction, a bone graft, or soft tissue surgery in the pink, it lasts 7 to 10 days. Please check with your surgeon to determine the cause of your prolonged discomfort. READ MORE

  • At what point can a tooth not be saved?

    There are many points at which a tooth is not salvageable. There could be a fracture in the tooth, there could be decay or cavity down to level the bone, there could be bone loss from periodontal disease, the tooth could be extremely loose and no longer usable to support function, there could be pain with a tooth and a root canal may or may not save it. Please check with your dentist to determine if these are the factors that are causing you to lose a tooth. READ MORE

  • How do you fix inflamed gums?

    Inflamed gums is known as gingivitis. Depending on how severe it is will determine the best treatment. The more severe cases will require a procedure called scaling and root planing which is a nonsurgical therapy. More moderate cases can be treated with more professional cleaning during the year. All cases including milder ones require improved care at home which involves proper brushing techniques, flossing and an antibacterial rinse. For more information speak to your dentist or periodontist who specializes in diseases of the gums. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for gums to heal after scaling?

    It usually takes less than 24 hours to heal after scaling and root planing. You may feel tenderness, a throbbing sensation or just an overall feeling that you received a really great dental cleaning. Some do experience bleeding after the procedure but this should subside quickly. The teeth may also be sensitive to cold for a prolonged period of time which differs for each person but one day to three months is normal. If you are not experiencing anything other than this or have questions please contact your dentist or periodontist. READ MORE

  • How do you know if your gum is infected after a tooth extraction?

    Infection after an extraction is a known complication and should be evaluated by your surgeon as soon as possible. The classic signs of infection are redness, pain, swelling, fever and pus or suppuration. If you notice a yellow ooze draining from the extraction site or a bad taste or smell it could mean an infection. The best way to know for sure is to return to your dental surgeon for an evaluation. READ MORE

Treatments

  • Flap Surgery
  • Bone Grafts
  • Gum Grafts
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Scaling And Root Planing
  • Periodontal Maintenance
  • Laser Therapy
  • Protective Dental Sealants
  • Cone Beam X-rays
  • Dental Implants
  • Bridges & Dentures

Professional Memberships

  • Board Certified American Board of Periodontology 
  • Professional Member Florida Association of Periodontists 
  • Professional Member American Academy of Periodontology 
  • Professional Member American Dental Association 

Thomas A. Copulos, DDS's Practice location

1000 Nw 9th Ct Suite 106 -
Boca Raton, FL 33486
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Get to know Periodontist Dr. Thomas A. Copulos, who serves patients in Boca Raton, Florida.

Combining expert training and a high level of dedication, Dr. Copulos is a skilled periodontist offering the very best dental care at his private dental practice – Thomas A. Copulos, D.D.S., P.A. – in Boca Raton, Florida. He takes a holistic approach to patient care and designs custom comprehensive treatment plans for his patients. His clinical interests include dental implants, surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy, and bone grafting for dental implants.

With dental health as a top priority, he and his staff are dedicated to staying up to date with the latest technologies and ensuring a clean and calming environment. In doing so, they strive to help each patient achieve the smile they have always wanted with surgical and non-surgical procedures, as necessary. Patients have excellent things to say about them, one stating “Dr. Copulous and his office staff are top-notch. The appointment was scheduled within a day with a prompt and courteous follow-up from the receptionist. After a thorough cleaning, consultation on my overall oral health, also a referral to a general dentist, I was all set. Very well done, all of you. I am very grateful for your service.”

Trained to perform everything from dental implants to soft tissue grafting, Dr. Copulos can also be found on staff at Jupiter Dental Group. Recognized as one of the pillars of the dental practice since 1992, he has been repairing smiles and restoring hope for more than 20 years. 

A past president of the Florida Association of Periodontists, he remains a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Since the eighth grade, Dr. Copulos wanted to be a dentist. His personal experience with orthodontics and oral surgery sparked his interest. He focused his education, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, towards going to the Case School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

In dental school, he was at the top of his class and received many honors for research. One of his professors approached him and suggested that he would make a great periodontist. Dr. Copulos worked as a general dentist in his hometown of Miami for two years, and then applied for a Periodontal Residency program. He was accepted at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and completed his residency in 1992. He started practicing in Boca Raton and opened his own office in 1995. 

That same year, he earned board certification in periodontics and dental implants through the American Board of Periodontology, an organization that serves the public and the dental profession by administering the board certification process for experts in the dental specialty of periodontics. Additionally, he was voted as one of the Top Periodontists in Boca Raton by Boca Life Magazine in 2011 and nominated as one of the Top Dentists in Boca Raton by the Sun-Sentinel.

Periodontology is the specialty of dentistry that studies supporting structures of teeth, as well as diseases and conditions that affect them. A periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and are trained in cosmetic periodontal procedures and grafting procedures to rebuild lost bone and gum tissue.

An enthusiastic amateur photographer who is fluent in Greek, Dr. Copulos enjoys nothing more than spending time with his wife and four children when he is not practicing dentistry. 

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