Menopause And Gum Health

Menopause And Gum HealthChanges in hormone levels can affect your mouth, including the health of your teeth and gums. Menopause marks the end of fertility for women, and it causes some of the most drastic fluctuation in hormone levels. These hormone levels can affect the jawbone; changes that can ultimately increase the risk of gum disease. Along with effecting the health of the gums, menopause can cause several changes in a woman’s mouth, including dry mouth and burning sensations. The changes in the bone and gums can be the most significant changes.  (more…)

Reasons To Choose Soft-Tissue Gum Grafting

Reasons To Choose Soft-Tissue Gum GraftingSoft-tissue gum grafting is a procedure used to treat the recession of gum tissue. The treatment involves surgically grafting similar tissues onto recessed gum tissue in an effort to rebuild the area. The similar tissue may come from another area of your own mouth, such as your palate or from a healthy area of your gums. The material may come from donor tissue. Depending on the reason for gum recession, it is unlikely that gum tissue will heal itself without treatment. Once the healthy material has been grafted to the gums, the gums will likely begin to heal. Gum grafting can be done for health or cosmetic reasons.  (more…)

Uncover An Impacted Tooth

Uncover An Impacted Tooth Crooked, misaligned teeth may make you feel less confident. Your smile should boost your confidence and leave you feeling ready for the world. Your misaligned smile can also lead to tooth decay and health issues. Correcting a misaligned bite may be made more difficult by impacted teeth. Impacted teeth are ones that never fully erupted through the gum line. The tooth itself may not be properly positioned in the jaw or it can have an irregular shape or length. Your periodontist can safely address an impacted tooth prior to any orthodontic or restorative work on your smile.  (more…)

The Problem With Receding Gums

The Problem With Receding GumsGum recession can be scary and intimidating when you notice it. The gums will start to pull away exposing the roots of your teeth. It can be caused by gum disease, injury, intense tooth brushing, or even just genetics. Certain lifestyle choices like tobacco smoking or excessive alcohol consumption can cause your gums to recede, as well. Gum recession happens gradually and it is likely that it will happen for a long time before you even notice it. It can be painless until it reaches a point of discomfort. Hot and cold food may cause pain. Even a gust of air on the gums can be uncomfortable. If you look at your gums, they may no longer look pink and healthy. These types of changes should be discussed with your dentist or periodontist when you notice them.  (more…)

Periodontal Disease And Your Systemic Health

Periodontal Disease And Your Systemic HealthPeriodontal health is the health of your gums and dental health is the health of your teeth. As your teeth and gums are literally connected, it may be easy to determine that they have a very symbiotic relationship. Dental issues can impact your gums and issues with the gums can impact your teeth. The link that may be less obvious is the link between your periodontal health and your overall wellness. Periodontal disease has been linked to serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some forms of cancers. Maintaining the health of your gums can mean maintaining the health of your whole body.  (more…)

Early Signs Of Gum Disease

Early Signs Of Gum DiseaseGum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is incredibly common among adult Americans. Gum disease is hard to spot in its early stages. It often causes no pain and shows very few visible symptoms. As gum disease worsens, it can cause severe problems to both your oral and overall health. Gum disease can be treated and even reversed, but early treatment is important. So, how do you get around this catch-22 of needing early treatment of something that is hard to detect in the early stages?  (more…)

A Dental Implant Can Prevent Bone Loss

A Dental Implant Can Prevent Bone LossLosing a tooth as an adult can be stressful. It usually comes with from some sort of pain instead of a visit from the tooth fairy. Replacing a tooth that has been lost is important to restore function in appearance, chewing, and speaking. But replacing a tooth is also important for the health of your mouth and the health of your remaining teeth. Your tooth and its roots play a vital role for the underlying jawbone and surrounding teeth. A dental implant can prevent bone loss in the jaw.  (more…)