Can Gum Disease Affect How My Smile Looks?

Can Gum Disease Affect How My Smile Looks?The short answer is yes, gum disease can take a toll on your smile’s appearance. Gum disease can also have very negative effects on your health. Managing gum disease not only decreases the risks of the negative health effects, but it can also help to maintain your smile’s appearance. If gum disease is allowed to progress and affect your appearance, there are specialized treatments to help give you back your smile. Preventing gum disease is the best way to negate the effects on your health and appearance, but there are certainly ways to deal with gum disease after it has affected your smile. (more…)

Treatments To Aid Orthodontics

Treatments To Aid OrthodonticsAdjusting the alignment of your smile can be important for your oral health. There are various methods and orthodontic treatments to help straighten misalignment. Unfortunately, there are some smile issues that may come in between you and straightening your smile. Improper eruption of at least one of your teeth can interfere with orthodontic treatment. There also may be needs for orthodontic assistance, which consists of different treatments that prepare your smile for a more efficient orthodontic experience. Your periodontist can help work with your orthodontist to make sure that you get the most beneficial plan for your smile.  (more…)

What Is Ridge Preservation?

What Is Ridge Preservation?There are certain situations (childhood, overcrowd teeth, or a wisdom tooth extraction) where a lost tooth needs to be replaced for the health of your smile. In any other situation, a missing tooth can have negative effects on your smile. Replacing a lost tooth can restore your smile’s appearance, along with your abilities to speak, chew, and bite. Replacing a tooth can also help to defend against a loss of bone density in the jaw that losing a tooth can cause. Because your tooth provides important stimulation to your jaw bone, losing a tooth can make your body stop sending necessary minerals to the bone. It can also cause your body to take essential minerals away from the bone. This process is called bone resorption and it can leave your jaw ridge weak and unable to support implants or the rest of your natural teeth. Ridge preservation is a way to strengthen that bone(more…)

Early Detection Of Oral Cancer Saves Lives

Early Detection Of Oral Cancer Saves LivesWhen you think of early detection for your smile, the issues may come to your mind are tooth decay and gum disease. However, early detection is vitally important when it comes to oral cancer.  Oral cancer is one of the most dangerous types of cancer. Fortunately though the disease can often be successfully treated when it is detected early and treated fast. Because it is deadly when left unnoticed or untreated, regular oral cancer screenings can be a way to notice issues before they progress. Using technology like advanced OralID™ early-detection system can help detect oral cancer early. (more…)

Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Who? What? Why?

Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Who? What? Why?When you are a child through your adolescence and into adulthood, your teeth will erupt in stages. First to erupt are your incisors, then canines, then premolars and molars, and lastly your third molars, which are also known as wisdom teeth. This last set of teeth emerge in the very back of the mouth. There are usually four teeth with one on the top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right.  While some people will have no problems with their wisdom teeth, it is common for wisdom teeth to cause pain, swelling, and infection. When these types of complications occur, wisdom tooth extraction can be the best course of action.  (more…)

Stages Of Gum Disease

Stages Of Gum Disease In most areas of your body, once your system senses a threat like an infection or injury,  it responds by trying to fight off bacteria or help to speed healing. Unfortunately, when it comes to the tissues in your mouth, things can be a little more complicated. Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection that colonizes in the gingival tissue. If treated promptly, the effects of mild inflammation can be reversed.  However, if the bacterial infection is allowed to progress, it can destroy the gums and the underlying jawbone, which can eventually cause tooth loss. Allowing gum disease to progress can also lead to higher risks of overall health problems. There are different treatments for different stages of gum disease(more…)

Why Should I Deal With My Periodontal Pockets?

Why Should I Deal With My Periodontal Pockets?When your gums are healthy, they should fit snugly around each tooth. The distance between the gum tissue and its attachment to the tooth in a healthy smile will measure only one to three millimeters in depth. In a smile affected by gum disease, periodontal pockets can form between the teeth and gums. Left untreated, these pockets can grow in depth and eventually lead to tooth loss. Dealing with periodontal pockets can mean different things depending on the depth of the pockets. In some cases, pocket reduction surgery may be required to close the pockets and prevent a worsening of the situation. (more…)