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…)
Orthodontics 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…)
Soft-tissue gum grafting is a procedure often used to treat the recession of gum tissue. Gum grafting can be done for health issues or cosmetic reasons. It usually involves surgically grafting similar tissues onto recessed gum tissue in an effort to stimulate new growth. Similar tissue may come from another area of the mouth, such as the palate or from a healthy area of gum tissue. The similar tissue may come from donor tissue or tissue-stimulating proteins may be used. If soft-tissue gum grafting is recommended, it is because it may be seen as the best way to heal the gum tissue. Once the healthy tissue material has been grafted onto the unhealthy gums, the gums will likely begin to heal. (more…)
Though interesting, wisdom teeth are not an obscure part of your oral health. Not everyone grows them, but for the majority of the human population, the last teeth to erupt are the third molars, known as wisdom teeth. Because of the discomfort often associated with them, many people must have theirs extracted to relieve dental pain and prevent dental issues from occurring as a result of their presence. Even when discomfort has not yet manifested, some patients opt to remove wisdom teeth preemptively, before complications can occur. Today, we examine when wisdom tooth extraction is necessary, and when it might help you prevent issues from developing in the future. (more…)
Gum disease is not a disease that goes away on its own. It is a progressive disease that will worsen and worsen until it is managed. The best defense against gum disease is brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Visiting your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings at least twice a year can also decrease your risk of developing gum disease. Allowing bacteria, plaque, and tartar to stay on your teeth and beneath your gums is what leads to gum disease. Visiting your dentist at least twice a year allows for early detection of gum disease. Early detection is important so that the gum disease can be treated or managed before it is allowed to damage your teeth, gums, and bones. (more…)
In the past, losing a single tooth meant receiving a dental bridge. While effective, a dental bridge has its downsides, such as the need to replace it every 10 to 15 years. Fortunately, we can offer an alternative with dental implants, which can provide natural looking and long-lasting tooth replacement. What does receiving one involve? How do we place a single tooth dental implant?
To straighten their teeth, many people go with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment like traditional metal braces focuses on slowly and gently shifting the teeth. Some teeth need to be anchored to prevent movement. Temporary anchorage devices (or TADs) may used in conjunction with orthodontics to help properly anchor and guide tooth movement. The temporary anchorage devices are implanted into your gum tissue to act as stability points in your mouth. Often rubber bands are used to connect the braces to the device, encouraging movement to get to the desired result. Using TADs has a number of advantages. (more…)