Gum Disease’s Effects On Your Appearance

Gum Disease's Effects On Your AppearancePeriodontal disease can have detrimental effects on both your oral health and on your overall health. Along with the effects on your health, gum disease can also have some very negative effects on the appearance of your smile. Managing your gum disease not only decreases the risk of the negative health impacts, but it can also improve the look of your smile. Some of the effects on your appearance may require specialized or extensive treatment, but the outcome will give you a smile that you can feel more confident about showing off. You and your periodontist can work together to get your smile back to looking and feeling healthy.  (more…)

FAQ: Soft-Tissue Gum Grafting

FAQ: Soft-Tissue Gum Grafting Soft-tissue gum grafting is a procedure typically used to treat the recession of gum tissue. Though, gum grafting can be done for either health issues or cosmetic reasons.  The procedure often involves surgically grafting tissues onto recessed gum tissue in an effort to stimulate new growth. The grafting tissue should be similar to the gums and it may come from another area of the mouth, such as the palate or from a healthy area of gum tissue. The tissue may also come from donor tissue or created using tissue-stimulating proteins. Soft-tissue gum grafting is seen as an efficient way to heal gum tissue. Some commonly asked questions about soft-tissue gum grafting are below along with the answers(more…)

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…)