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How a Ridge Augmentation Can Restore the Gum Line
Posted on 8/23/2018 by Andrew Weber
A ridge augmentation is a dental procedure usually performed following a tooth extraction to help create a natural contour of the gums and jaw. A tooth extraction can result in bone loss and ridge augmentation can help. What is Ridge Augmentation?When a tooth needs to be removed, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone – the bone that surrounds the roots of the teeth. When the bone surrounding the socket breaks during removal and it's unable to heal on its own, which will cause the height and width of the socket to deteriorate further. If you are getting an implant after a tooth removal, you may need ridge augmentation because dental implants require bone structure to support them. The ridge augmentation helps rebuild the bone to allow for the implant. How is Ridge Augmentation Performed?This surgery consists of placing bone graft material in the empty tooth socket to keep its height and width. Our periodontist will do this immediately after the tooth removal to avoid another surgery later on. The gum tissue is placed over the socket and closed with stitches. Once the socket has healed completely, the ridge can be ready for an implant. Ridge augmentation surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia. How Can Ridge Augmentation Restore the Gum Line?If the empty socket is not filled, the gum tissue will have no support and it will start receding affecting the look of your gum line and facial structure. Ridge augmentation is not only used in preparation for implant surgery, but it can also be used for cosmetic reasons to improve the look of your face. We can discuss with you more details about ridge augmentation and why it can help restore your gum line after tooth loss....

Do You Need to Take Time Off After Scaling and Root Planing?
Posted on 8/13/2018 by Andrew Weber
Patients with gum disease or gingivitis may need to have a treatment called deep cleaning, scaling or root planning to remove plaque and bacteria that is growing under the gum line and damaging their teeth. This is a relatively simple procedure that usually takes two visits. One for each side of the mouth. How Does Root Planing Works?Scaling and root planing are usually recommended when gum disease is present, and they can prevent the more damaging effects to the gums and teeth, such as loosened teeth and eventually tooth loss. They can also halt a mild case of gum disease from turning into periodontal disease. Using a special ultrasonic scaling device that removes tartar, plaque, and biofilm, our hygienist cleans the tooth surface and under the gum line. Is Root Planing and Scaling the Same Thing?No, root planing and scaling are not the same thing, though they are part of the procedure known as deep cleaning. Root planing is when the root surface is smoothed, and infected tissue is removed. Scaling is the removal of dental plaque from the tooth's surface. What to Expect Local anesthesia is used on the area to be treated to make you comfortable and avoid pain. After scaling and root planing there will be some discomfort or soreness in the gums. Our hygienist will recommend that you use an antiseptic mouthwash or simply warm, salty water to swish around your mouth when you get home and avoid eating hard foods immediately after. There should be no down time required, though the numbing feeling will last for a few hours after the procedure is completed, but you could return to work and can drive as you normally do. You will need to ask for time off for the scaling and root planing. Depending on how much plaque is found, it can take about an hour to do one side of the mouth....

How Do You Manage Bleeding Gums?
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Andrew Weber
Do your gums bleed excessively when you brush or floss them? When you come back from the dentist's office, does your mouth look raw and wounded? We see many patients who are dealing with bleeding gums. There can be a few different causes for this, but the most common by far is gingivitis. The initial stages of gum disease involve gum tissue that is inflamed and bleeds easily. Regular Dental HygieneThe first thing you should focus on is making sure that you engage in regular dental hygiene. This simple step can help ward off gum disease and can even reverse it when it is only in the beginning stages. By brushing after every meal and flossing every day, you can help keep your gums from bleeding. If they have already started bleeding, these regular practices will help them to heal. Come See UsYou should also be sure that you come see us right away. We can take a look at your gum tissue and tell you whether it is something that is serious or not. What's more, we can help give you pointers on keeping your teeth and gums clean, and we can answer any questions that you might have. In some cases of advanced gum disease, you should be aware that it is not enough to just start brushing and flossing regularly. If your gum disease has passed a certain point, you will have to have professional intervention to stop it. If this sounds like you, it is imperative that you come see us as quickly as you can. The longer you wait, the worse things will get. We're here to help you, and we look forward to helping you get a healthy, happy smile back. So give us a call, or drop by the office. We are here to help you!...

All Posts:

How a Ridge Augmentation Can Restore the Gum Line
Do You Need to Take Time Off After Scaling and Root Planing?
How Do You Manage Bleeding Gums?
Can Oil Pulling Give Your Gum Health a Boost?
Ways of Removing Bacteria from Below Your Gum Line
Understanding the Process of Scaling and Root Planing
How Tooth Loss Follows Receding Gums
How to Rebuild Gums After You Lose a Tooth
Foods to Consume Regularly for the Healthiest Gums
Can Losing Weight Give You Better Oral Health?
Early Treatment is Essential for Reversing the Damage of Gum Disease
Calling for Help Is Important When You Experience Gum Pain
What Can Cause Your Gums to Get Darker?
Stopping Your Gums from Receding More
Who Needs to Consider Crown Lengthening?
Where the Pain Comes from When You Have an Abscess
How Smoking Impacts Dental Implants
Is Using the Wrong Toothbrush Decreasing Your Gum Health?
Ways of Keeping the Jaw Bone Strong During Gum Disease Treatment
Top Things to Do to Help with Bleeding Gums
What Are the Benefits of Getting Your Crowns Lengthened?
What Alcohol Does to the Mouth
Times Where a Ridge Augmentation May Become Necessary
Juice Has an Effect on Gum Disease, Too
What to Rinse Your Mouth with When Your Gums Start to Bleed
What a Missing Tooth Does to Your Leftover Gum Tissue
How Your Weight and Your Gums are Connected
Diagnosing Gum Disease
How Young is Too Young for Dental Implants?

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