Why Are Receding Gums A Problem?

Why Are Receding Gums A Problem?Receding gums can be scary and shocking when you first notice it. You will see that the gums have started to pull away, which may expose the roots of your teeth. Gum recession can be caused by gum disease, injury, intense tooth brushing, or even just genetics. Lifestyle factors like tobacco smoking or excessive alcohol consumption can lead to gum recession. Gums will recede gradually and it is likely that it will happen for a long time before you first notice it. Gum recession is often painless for a long time until it finally reaches a point of discomfort. Once it hits that point, hot and cold food may cause pain. Even a gust of wind touching the gums can be uncomfortable. If you examine your own gums and notice changes, you should discuss them with your dentist or periodontist as soon as you notice them.  (more…)

Do You Have Deep Periodontal Pockets?

Do You Have Deep Periodontal Pockets?Your gingival tissue known as your gums, are attached to the necks of your teeth. The attachment should be snug to help keep the teeth in place. Healthy gum tissue is pink and firm. Dentists can measure the distance between your gum tissue and the attachment to your teeth, which is referred to as the periodontal pockets. The measurement should only be one to three millimeters in depth for healthy gums. Once your periodontal pockets become deeper than that healthy amount, it could be a sign that you are developing gum disease. The pockets can deepen causing your gingival tissue to loose, which will eventually lead to tooth loss.  (more…)

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Get Extracted?

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Get Extracted?Not everyone grows wisdom teeth, but for the majority of the population, they are the last teeth to erupt. For this reason, they are also known as third molars. Many people must have wisdom teeth extracted to relieve pain and to prevent future issues from occurring. Some patients opt to remove wisdom teeth preemptively before complications, pain, or discomfort even occurs. When and why is wisdom tooth extraction is necessary? How does extraction help you prevent issues from developing in the future? (more…)

Can PAOO™ Help My Smile?

Can PAOO™ Help My Smile? A crooked, uneven smile can make you feel insecure about your appearance. It can also negatively impact your health. Many people avoid straightening their teeth for fear about the length of time they will need to spend in traditional braces. Traditional metal braces are typically worn for about two years to provide effective treatment of misalignment. PAOO™ can drastically decrease that treatment time, so that your smile is straightened in a much shorter amount of time. PAOO™ is an acronymn for Peridontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics. PAOO™ can help your smile in a shorter amount of time.  (more…)

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Over The Holidays

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Over The HolidaysChristmas is just a few days away and Hanukkah just ended, which means you have probably been deep in the holiday season for over a month now. Some people get into the holiday spirit by giving up on health goals until the new year begins. While no one wants you to give up candy canes and cookies, it is important to keep your mouth healthy during the holidays. There are a few things to remember that can help make it a little easier. We have three tips that might help your smile stay healthy despite the sugar plum fairies dancing in your head.  (more…)

Preserving The Bone After Tooth Loss

Preserving The Bone After Tooth Loss Except in cases of childhood primary teeth, overcrowded teeth, or wisdom teeth, a lost adult tooth typically needs to be replaced. Replacing a lost tooth can restore your abilities to speak, chew, and bite, your appearance, and it is also important to prevent bone loss in your jaw. Your tooth provides important stimulation to the bone that supports your teeth. When the tooth is lost, that stimulation is lost, which can make your body believe that the jaw bone unnecessary. Your body will also demineralize the bone by no longer supporting it with important minerals, which can lead to loss of bone density. Bone loss leaves the ridge holding your teeth and any future implants with an unstable foundation. Ridge preservation preserves the jaw bone after tooth loss(more…)

Treatments For Orthodontic Assistance

Treatments For Orthodontic AssistanceOrthodontics is the practice that focuses on the alignment of your teeth. Orthodontic treatments can vary to offer several different methods for correcting a misaligned bite. However, certain issues with your teeth may complicate this process. One of your teeth may have failed or had an improper eruption that could interfere with your orthodontic treatment. There may be need for additional support for your braces to ensure that your adjustment moves as planned. Orthodontic assistance consists of different treatments that prepare you for a better orthodontic experience. A consultation with your periodontist can help you determine if your smile needs extra help from orthodontic assistance.  (more…)