The Causes of Gum Recession and Your Options for Treatment

Gum recession is a common problem among patients, even those who have typically good hygiene and dental health. In most cases, recession is very gradual and therefore not immediately noticeable. However, if the source is not identified and addressed, ongoing recession can negatively impact a smile and lead to loosening teeth.

Causes Of Gum Recession
• Periodontal disease
• Aggressive brushing and flossing
• Bruxism (teeth grinding)
• Use of tobacco products
• Genetic predispositions
• Changes in hormone levels Continue reading “The Causes of Gum Recession and Your Options for Treatment”

Gingivitis Prevention and Dental Hygiene

Gingivitis is a condition where the gums become inflamed. This most often caused due to the build up of plaque on the teeth, and specifically to the bacteria that grow and live on the plaque. Less commonly, gingivitis can develop for other reasons. These may include hormonal changes, and trauma to the gums, such as chewing on very hard foods, or foods with sharp points. The inflamed gum will often bleed when the teeth are being brushed. Taking steps to help with gingivitis prevention will result in healthier teeth and gums.

It is important to understand that gingivitis is not the same thing as gum disease, but is very often a precursor to it. If one does not try gingivitis prevention techniques, and then fails to seek treatment when the condition arises, that person is prone to develop fully-fledged gum disease, known as periodontitis. Continue reading “Gingivitis Prevention and Dental Hygiene”

Bruxism and the Success of Dental Implant Treatment

Dental implants are a highly effective way to restore lost teeth. Using small titanium screws, dental implants mimic the natural tooth root, offering superior support to dental restorations, as well as continued stimulation to the jaw bone. Dental implants are an excellent option for those patients who are good candidates for the procedure, but there are many factors that can hinder the ultimate success of treatment, including bruxism.

What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical term for the habit of clenching and or grinding the teeth. This is a condition characterized by the unconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth, most often at night while you are asleep. Grinding can be damaging to your natural teeth, wearing them down over time and causing cracks and more serious damage. The constant force and motion of the condition can also cause jaw pain during your waking hours. Continue reading “Bruxism and the Success of Dental Implant Treatment”

The Lowdown on Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing or non-restorable teeth, however, implants can be costly and take a long time from start to finish. Dental implants are a great investment if restoring teeth that are in poor conditions will mean a lifelong round of treatments, bridges or dentures.

Bone grafting may be required to start the implant process. Bone grafting is sometimes needed to increase the amount of bone present to place the implant into, which needs time to heal before the surgery to actually place the implant into the bone. Continue reading “The Lowdown on Dental Implants”

Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants

It is said that an impression is made within the few seconds of meeting a person and invariably a person with a beautiful smile is sure to make a good impression. It is possible that your teeth may get damaged due to an accident, decay or with continuous usage. In case you lose your teeth, there are many options available to get them fixed.

For replacing a broken tooth, dentures were considered the best option until some time back. With advancements in dental care methods, dental implants have taken the place as the preferred method for fixing a missing tooth. Dental implants give a more natural look and feel to the tooth thereby giving a person a boost in their self-confidence. Continue reading “Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants”