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Dec
28

Is Gum Surgery Necessary to Save My Teeth?

Posted in Gum Disease

Do you have moderate to severe gum disease (periodontal disease)? If you do, you may be worried that gum surgery is the only way for you to save your smile. In some situations, yes. But there are also now many other options that can help you keep your teeth, when steps are taken quickly.

Deep Cleanings

Periodontal scaling and root planing, also known as “deep cleanings,” are the first step in erasing gum disease and saving your smile. These cleanings focus on the deep pockets and root surfaces of periodontally compromised teeth.

Locally Placed Antibiotics

Locally delivered antibiotic capsules can improve area-specific infections, like severely infected gums. The medication is usually placed after a deep cleaning and dramatically improves the response rate in most treatments.

Bone and Tissue Grafting

Adding support around your tooth can help you keep it stable. Some of the best ways to do that are adding bone or gum tissue around your tooth, so that the tooth can be better secured. Grafting can be done using several different methods – some of which require no surgery at all.

Laser Treatments

Non-surgical laser periodontal therapy is quickly becoming one of the most efficient and successful ways for dentists to treat gum disease. Dental lasers remove diseased tissues, eliminate bacteria, and aid your healthy gum tissues in reattaching to the clean tooth surface.

Traditional Surgery

When no other options are available, traditional periodontal surgery may be the final step to preserving your natural teeth. However, this method is used far less frequently than it has in years past. And if you do need it, your dentist will ensure optimal comfort throughout the entire procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Nov
22

What Is Arestin? How Does It Help You Combat Gum Disease?

Posted in Periodontics

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease happens when some particularly aggressive bacteria infect gum tissue around teeth and result in the breakdown of supporting bone and ligament structures. This action causes pockets to form around teeth. If allowed to progress untreated, these pockets can grow to the point that teeth become loose.

How does Arestin, a locally-applied antibiotic, help you in your fight against gum disease?

Micro Molecules Are a Mega Medicine

Arestin is made up of microscopic extended-release capsules of the antibiotic minocycline. This antibiotic looks like a tiny dose of powder. The Arestin dose is placed right at the base of a periodontal pocket immediately following a scaling and root planing procedure. The medication is prescription-strength and is administered by one of our qualified dental professionals.

Arestin Gives You an Edge Over Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection. When the disease-causing bacteria create and populate a periodontal pocket, they need to be removed to prevent more damage. Scaling and root planing removes much of the bacteria that is embedded in the tooth root and in tartar stuck on the tooth root. Placing some antibiotic right after scaling will prevent bacteria from growing back as quickly and treats the bacteria that hides out in gum tissue or floats around in pockets.

Because Arestin is slow-release, it can have an effect on the numbers of bacteria in a periodontal pocket for up to three weeks. This is great news for you because Arestin promotes long-term healing and attacks gum disease at its source. Have your gums regularly examined  by your dentist for signs of disease.  Talk your dentist to learn more about the effective therapies we use to battle gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Sep
9

4 Keys to the Perfect Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Investing in a dental crown is a smart way to keep your smile healthy for years. With the right care and maintenance, most crowns last for over a decade. You want your crown to feel great, look great and blend in with the rest of your smile. Here are 4 ways you can make sure your new crown will be perfect:

See the Right Dentist

Choosing the best cosmetic dentist will make a huge difference in the type of dental crown you receive. Having someone complete your crown that doesn’t focus on cosmetic procedures may be hit-or-miss when it comes to the best results.

Choose the Right Dental Lab

Ask your dentist about which dental lab they use. How long have they been working together, and what extra steps does the lab tech make to ensure the most natural looking restoration possible? 

Take Care of Your Gums (Before the Treatment)

If you have any type of gum disease – including gingivitis – then you need to get rid of it before beginning your crown treatment. Otherwise your crown will be made to fit your gums as they currently are – including any inflammation. Swollen, bleeding gums often equate to poorer impressions. The margin of your new crown may not be as flush with your healthy gumlines as you expect it to be. Getting rid of your gingivitis after the crown will make this evident. 

Whiten Your Teeth First

For a white crown that looks great, whiten your entire smile at least two weeks before your crown prep. Your new crown will be made to match your current smile, and stay white for years!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Jul
24

How Gum Disease Impacts Your Health

Posted in Gum Disease

If you didn’t already know that gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss – that’s not the only problem that it causes. Gum disease is actually linked with many different health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, infertility, obesity, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction…just to name a few!

How is that something in your mouth impacts the other parts of your body? It’s simple: bacteria and inflammation. When bacterial plaque is present under your gumlines, it creates swelling and infection that can spread directly into the bloodstream. The bloodstream then carries the bacteria throughout the rest of the body, sometimes lodging it within the heart and blood vessels. Victims of heart attacks and strokes have been found to have oral bacterial deposits build up within their circulatory system when gum disease was present inside of their mouths.

When the immune system is bogged down with managing inflammation in areas of gum disease, it makes it more difficult to ward off other types of infections. For instance, diabetics often have a difficult (if not impossible) time managing their blood sugar levels when periodontal disease isn’t controlled. This is just one example of many when it comes to being unable to control systemic health problems if you have uncontrolled gum disease.

The first step toward better health is to eliminate your oral infection. See a dentist for a thorough cleaning (or periodontal treatment) to eliminate all bacteria from your mouth. Then, start an efficient oral hygiene program at home and stick to it. It may take up to two weeks before you see improvement in bleeding or tenderness.

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

Jul
24

Laser Therapy for Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

At present, lasers have a variety of useful applications in dental procedures including: removing decayed tooth, setting restorative materials, gum surgery, some tooth-whitening procedures, and more recently, in the treatment of gum disease.

About Lasers

There are different kinds of lasers with different settings which are very specific to individual procedures. When set to the safe and proper wavelength by a trained professional, lasers are not harmful to healthy gum tissue. Lasers can be used in place of metal instruments to remove small growths to test them for cancer. Even if the growths had already been judged as harmless, they can still be removed this way if they were a source of irritation to the patient. Lasers have also been used as a means of disinfecting the pockets around teeth that develop as a result of the action of the bacteria involved in periodontal disease (advanced gum disease).

How Can Lasers Help in Treating Gum Disease?

Some recent research suggests that the use of lasers after non-surgical treatment with mechanical instrumentation can both promote healing of the tissues and reduce the amount of bacteria in sites affected by periodontal disease.

According to data reported by the American Dental Association (ADA), the near future of periodontal treatment could see the introduction of a laser as a replacement for scaling and root planing procedures presently completed by hand.

As an alternative to traditional gum surgery, laser therapy results in quicker healing time, and less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.

At your next dental visit, ask your dentist about the laser technology utilized in the office and how it can improve your next dental procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

Jul
9

Why Seeing a Dentist Can Improve Your Health

Posted in Periodontics

Taking care of your smile will give you a lifetime of healthy teeth. A mouth free of infection and disease can also boost your immune system and help you live longer. Several systemic health conditions are directly linked with gum disease and can worsen the more infected the mouth is. Some examples of conditions linked with oral health include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Premature labor / low birth weight infants
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Psoriasis

If you’re already at risk for one of these conditions, its more important than ever before to keep your mouth healthy.

Seeing a dentist on a regular basis can prevent infections from becoming severe, as well as keep dental treatments to a minimum. The earlier a condition such as gum disease is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome will be. It’s recommended that most people have a preventive cleaning at least every 6 months. This will allow your hygienist to remove calcified tartar on the teeth that contributes to infections inside of the mouth. For people that have active gum infections as well as health problems, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning to treat the periodontal disease.

Active tooth decay and abscesses can also cause complications that include infection draining into areas throughout the head. In very rare circumstances, tooth abscesses have even been known to spread to the brain, resulting in hospitalization.

It’s a good idea to have your oral health care needs taken care of as early as possible. Regular exams and x-rays can identify conditions when they first begin to develop. If you haven’t seen your dentist recently, schedule a comprehensive exam and take charge of your smile, and your health.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Jun
19

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Treat Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

You’ve most likely heard a lot of people talk about gum disease, whether it was a toothpaste commercial or your hygienist begging you to floss. If one thing is for certain though, your dentist doesn’t want you to take gum disease lightly. Here are 3 reasons why you should seek treatment as soon as symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath, and swollen gum tissue are evident.

#1 – Gum Disease Can Cause You to Lose Your Teeth

It’s true – periodontal disease is the #1 reason why adults in America lose their teeth. The disease cause even more tooth loss than tooth decay. You might think that treating cavities is important, and if you do, then you need to take gum disease seriously as well. Advanced periodontitis will cause bone loss so severe that teeth will become mobile and fall out.

#2 – Gum Disease Effects More than Just Your Smile

If you have gum disease, it can complicate other health conditions as well. From diabetes and cardiovascular disease to erectile dysfunction, dozens of different health conditions are found to be more advanced or difficult to manage when active gum disease is present. Part of the reason is because of the increased levels of bacteria that suppress the immune system and create inflammation throughout the body.

#3 – It Will Make Your Breath Smell

Not only do tartar and plaque hide odorous bacteria, but it can also reside in the deep pockets around teeth infected with gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing can’t reach down this far, and covering it up with mints will actually make it worse. A deep cleaning is necessary to remove this bacteria and help create a disease-free environment.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers

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Jul
4

4 Ways Hormones Affect a Woman’s Teeth

Posted in Gum Disease

It’s true that women can blame some things on hormones. Even dental patients with exceptional oral hygiene can have some effects on their gums and teeth due to hormonal levels, medications or conditions. Let’s talk about some of the major hormonal changes that many women experience, and how those may induce oral symptoms of conditions such as gingivitis.

Pregnancy

High levels of estrogen during pregnancy can cause some women to develop a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Swollen, bleeding gums onset during pregnancy does not respond to typical oral hygiene measures. See your dentist to make sure it’s not actually periodontal disease, as this severe condition is linked with premature labor.

Ovulation

Hormones and steroids fluctuate during a woman’s natural reproductive cycle. At the point of ovulation, sex steroids are their highest. This phase may trigger short-term symptoms of gingivitis such as swollen, or bleeding gums. In some women these symptoms are evident at the time of menstruation, but most research shows it’s more common in women during ovulation.

Infertility Treatments

Women that are undergoing treatments such as ovulation induction or IVF are shown to have a higher risk of poor gum health conditions. Medications used for OI are highly linked with the onset of severe gingivitis symptoms, so oral hygiene habits need to be tediously looked after.

Menopause

Surprisingly, menopause doesn’t typically bring on many oral symptoms. However, some women do experience bone loss, which might trigger resorption in the jawbone. Taking hormone replacement therapies can prevent bone loss, stabilizing the health of teeth so that they can be kept healthier, for years down the road.

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care

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Mar
12

Are Your Teeth Going to Last a Lifetime?

Posted in Gum Disease

Have you ever wondered if your teeth were really designed to last a lifetime?  The fast and simple answer is ‘yes, they are’, but lasting a lifetime requires a bit of work on your part.  Read this article to see if you are at risk for losing your teeth early!

One of the most common reasons adults lose teeth is trauma.  Our teeth do a great job of chewing food.  Our teeth are not designed to open packages, tear string, chew on pencils or pens, tearing off price tags on a piece of clothing or even chewing ice.  Use your teeth wisely;  they appreciate it when you do!  If you do experience a traumatic event to your mouth, see your dentist immediately.  Keep the misplaced tooth moist until you can see the dentist, if possible.

Another common risk factor for early tooth loss is gum or periodontal disease.  To prevent gum disease, brush twice a day, floss at least once, eat a well-balanced diet, and quit smoking.  See your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings, and keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.  A healthy mouth has healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

While this sounds simple, a healthy diet cannot be emphasized enough.  What you feed your body shows up everywhere, including in your mouth.  Avoid sugary drinks, and brush or chew a piece of sugar-free gum after meals.  Drink plenty of water, eat a well-balanced diet, and have good intake of calcium and Vitamin D.  Your plate should be colorful, and you should have servings of fruits and vegetables at each meal.  Eating well keeps all of you healthy, including your teeth!

With just a few simple habits, your teeth can and will last a lifetime.  Start today to make sure that this happens, and do not forget to ask your dentist for additional tips on how to keep your teeth healthy for the rest of your life.

Posted on the behalf of North Point Periodontics

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Mar
12

Oral Surgeries to Treat Periodontal Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Sometimes, receding gums and mild gum disease cannot be treated with deep cleaning and scalings. In these cases, a dentist may recommend oral surgery to help preserve the tooth and keep the gum line healthy.

There are several types of oral surgery that can be done for a receding gum line.  The most common type of oral surgery for mild gum disease is called pocket elimination.  During this procedure, the dentist will remove any plaque, tartar, and other bacteria, and then snugly place the gum tissue back over the tooth.  This procedure helps eliminate the ‘gaps’ at the gum line, and the tooth root is protected as it is no longer exposed.  A local anesthetic is used to make sure that the patient never feels or experiences any pain.

In some cases of gum and periodontal disease, bone is destroyed. This bone helps support your teeth, and replacing the lost bone and tissue is required.  Bone regeneration surgery may be recommended in this case. After appropriate anesthetic agents are given, the gum line is cleaned just as it is in pocket depth reduction.  After the cleaning, the dentist will apply a material that will help your body make new bone and tissue in the affected area.  The gum is then reapplied and fastened securely in place.

In some cases, tissue may need to be replaced.  Usually, this is a connective tissue graft. A connective tissue graft removes part of the connective tissue in your mouth and places it around the exposed tooth line.  There are other types of grafts, but the process is basically the same:  a piece of tissue is removed from another part of the mouth, and placed around the exposed root, and the sutured in place.  In some cases, the graft may be from donors or artificial materials, depending on circumstances.  In all graft cases, the patient receives appropriate anesthetic agents and the procedure is then performed.

Based on the extent of gum disease, gum line recession, and other issues, your dentist will determine the best surgical option for you.  Having the surgical procedure will allow your teeth to remain healthy for the rest of your life!

Posted on the behalf of North Point Periodontics

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