Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a chronic infection which affects the supporting tissues surrounding the teeth and results in the progressive loss of the ligament and bone that hold the teeth in place. There are many common types of periodontal disease including aggressive, chronic, necrotizing periodontitis, and periodontitis associated with systemic diseases. Each of these types of periodontal disease has its own distinct characteristics and symptoms, and all require prompt treatment to halt subsequent bone and tissue loss.

Signs Of Gum Disease:
• Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
• Bad breath that does not go away Continue reading “Symptoms of Gum Disease”

Deciding if Bone Regeneration Treatment is Right for You

Bone regeneration is a periodontal surgical procedure that regenerates jaw bone and tissue in order to correct the damage caused by periodontal disease. Bone regeneration is often performed to protect your existing teeth and the soft tissues that keep them in place so that you can experience an enhanced quality of life as a direct result of improved health, function, and appearance.

What Causes Bone Loss?
Bone loss is a common consequence of loss of teeth and chronic periodontitis. In the case of periodontitis, the bacteria gradually eats away at the underlying jawbone and at the periodontal ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone. The most common cause of bone loss is tooth loss, especially multiple teeth. Jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. When that is removed through tooth loss, the bone resorbs into the body. In the first year after tooth extraction 25 percent of bone is lost, and this bone loss continues on. Continue reading “Deciding if Bone Regeneration Treatment is Right for You”

Crown Lengthening: Purpose and Procedure

Crown lengthening is an easy, fast treatment that can make a significant difference in your smile. Crown lengthening is a procedure in which a portion of the gum tissue is removed to expose more of the tooth structure. Sometimes it also involves removing bone that normally surrounds the tooth roots.

Restorative Crown Lengthening
Restorative crown lengthening is recommended is when a tooth requires a crown, but only a small portion of it shows above the gum line. This can occur if the tooth has been broken off due to trauma or if the tooth is naturally very small. In this case, we will remove enough gum tissue and bone tissue if necessary to expose the tooth enough to make room for a permanent crown. Continue reading “Crown Lengthening: Purpose and Procedure”

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”