Where your dental health is concerned, wisdom teeth (the informal name for your third set of permanent molars) are a bit of an anomaly. Unlike your other teeth, wisdom teeth are frequently removed for the benefit of the rest of your oral health. Also unlike other teeth, they typically don’t need to be replaced after extraction, since their removal helps restore your bite’s harmony rather than detracting from it. To help you better understand your wisdom teeth and the possible need to extract them, we answer a few important questions about your third molars and their role in your long-term dental health. (more…)
Are you suffering from periodontal disease but you feel strongly about maintaining a healthy smile? You may find yourself in limbo, not quite sure whether you need to schedule regular six-month visits that you once relied on for dental cleanings – or if your gums are still too unhealthy for this option. Patients who recognize that they are not ready for traditional cleanings (but require another type of treatment to keep their smiles in excellent condition) will find that supportive periodontal maintenance will provide preventive care as a way to enjoy excellent oral health.
Gum disease affects over 64.7 million adults over the age of 30. Without treatment, the disease can increase the risk tooth loss in adults, hurting both their appearance and overall health. However, there are options for treating the disease in the early stages and managing it if the disease has progressed to later stages. Treating gum disease is possible with the right procedures.
Many of us assume losing your teeth means few options for enjoying a whole and healthy smile again. However, there is a tooth replacement option that mimics the stability and appearance of natural teeth in ways dental bridges and dentures simply cannot. The benefits of dental implants include a lifelike esthetic and the ability to eat and smile with confidence.
How often do you see a dentist or periodontist for a thorough dental cleaning? Many people wonder why we need dental cleanings if we already brush and floss. However, routine maintenance from a dental professional is crucial for strengthening gums and avoiding the potential onset of periodontal disease.
Have you noticed your gums receding? Do they often appear red, feel sore, or even bleed when you brush or floss? These may be the common warning signs of periodontal disease, a serious dental issue that can eventually lead to adult tooth loss. With a gum grafting procedure, we can restore receding gums and improve your oral health. What are pinhole gum grafts?
Adult tooth loss can be frightening and embarrassing, but it does not have to be final. In fact, there are a number of effective restoration options to help complete your smile. Dental bridges and dentures are popular choices, but dental implants are actually one of the most effective and most secure forms of restorative dentistry. That is because the implants take advantage of both the esthetic benefits of porcelain crowns, and the strength and stability of metal, in the form of a titanium post that anchors your replacement tooth. These implants enable patients to get back to their lives, confident that their smiles will serve them well and look beautiful for many years. (more…)
Many people struggle with dental anxiety, whether it is over an unfamiliar procedure or simply regular preventive care. It is okay to be nervous about visiting the dentist, but you should not let your fears stop you from seeking the treatment you need to maintain a lovely, healthy smile. Sedation dentistry can help to put you at ease while you seek the dental care you need. (more…)
According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of all adults in the United States over the age of 30 experience the symptoms of gum disease. In addition to bad breath and bleeding, periodontal disease can progress and eventually lead to adult tooth loss. In order to protect the beauty and overall health of your smile you should take steps to avoid the issue altogether. There are a number of tips for avoiding gum disease completely.
Do you have one or more missing teeth? Do you wonder, “Should I consider dental implants?” Replacing a lost tooth can restore health, function, and beauty to your smile. Otherwise, you may continue to encounter problems eating or speaking. Fortunately, dental implants provide a secure and long lasting method of achieving a complete smile.