Dental implants and bridges are both means to restoring lost teeth, but how do you know which one to choose? It all depends on your mouth, your gums, and your other teeth. Sometimes a doctor will recommend that you one or the other – dental implants or bridges, but what’s the difference?
Crown lengthening is a procedure to remove part of your gums or bone and reveal more of your tooth structure. There are several cosmetic and restorative reasons why crown lengthening is performed. When will you need crown lengthening? What exactly does the procedure involve?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically come in throughout our late teens and early 20’s. In some cases, these extra teeth won’t cause any problems for you because they come in properly aligned and you won’t have to remove them. However, in most cases, they can crowd your other teeth, damage your jaw bone, and (in rare cases) cause infection or tooth decay. Do you need to get your wisdom teeth removed?
If you’re finished brushing your teeth and notice that your gums have begun bleeding, you may be in trouble. Contrary to popular belief, bleeding gums is usually not caused by brushing too hard. Rather, that you are brushing or flossing incorrectly. Bleeding gums indicate that something more serious, such as gum disease, is right around the corner. We all know what happens with gum disease – lost teeth. If you notice that your gums are even inflamed or red, you’ll want to start taking precautionary steps.
Do you exhibit many of the common warning signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or soreness? If so, then you need to seek treatment to reverse the damage of the disease and to ensure your smile remains healthy. Do you need periodontal therapy? With a non-invasive approach, we can use a deep cleaning to improve your oral health.
Did you know that in some cases a tooth or teeth may not erupt completely? When this occurs, the teeth become impacted, leading to a number of serious and uncomfortable consequences for your smile. Do your impacted teeth need extraction? What if they can be recovered? In some cases, a simple procedure may be able to save the partially erupted teeth. Other times, removal may be your best option.
At High Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we like to remind our patients about everything happening in our community. With fall weather descending on us and Halloween just a couple weeks away, there are a not of holiday activities happening in our city. You and the entire family can enjoy the cooler weather and the spooky sights!