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What Can Cause Your Gums to Get Darker?
Posted on 1/20/2018 by Andrew Weber
Have you noticed that your gums went from a bright or even a pale pink, to a dark pink, red, or even brown? This can be a totally natural change as we age, or it can also be a symptom of another issue that your mouth may be facing. If you notice a slow change over the course of a long time, this is likely not much of a concern in most cases. However, if you notice a rapid change where your gums change from one color to another over the course of a month or less, you need to come in and see us. Gum Color Changes Need to Be MonitoredWhen you come in and see us, we make notes about the color of your gums. If they change, we also make notes of that as well. This allows us to track the slower changes that take place, naturally, over time. When you come in and see us and we notice a quick change, we then know that we need to look to see what the problem causing it might be. Sometimes gums get darker when people get gum disease. It adds extra blood right near the surface of your gum tissue, darkening the color. This often brings your gums from a light pink to a dark pink or even red color. If your gums are struggling with something like oral cancer, it can cause changes in the color of your gums, as well. One of the top signs that you have oral cancer is changes in the color of the tissues of your mouth. Sometimes the tissue turns brown, or it can even turn black. Do not hesitate to contact us if your gums change color. We will do whatever we can to help get your mouth back on a healthy track....

Stopping Your Gums from Receding More
Posted on 1/10/2018 by Andrew Weber
Receding gums are common when you have struggled with gum disease. It is when your gums pull back from your teeth, sinking slowly towards your jaw instead of holding on to your teeth tightly. By getting gum disease treatment, you can stop this process before it even begins. However, if you leave your gum disease to keep progressing, it can quickly wreak havoc on your gums that may not be able to be repaired simply. When Gum Disease Has Caused Your Gums to RecedeOnce gum disease gets a firm grasp over your mouth, your gums are going to become affected. There is no way around that if you do not get treatment. The longer you go before getting treatment, the worse these effects will become, and the more pain you are likely going to experience. The best way to avoid this from happening is to come in and see us at the first sign of having any issues with your gums having a problem. Having puffy or bleeding gums are your body's way of telling you that there is a problem in your mouth. This is when you need to come in and see us. It is much easier to treat the problem at this stage than it is once gums have started to recede back towards your jaw. If your gums are already starting to recede, then you need to come in for treatment if you want to prevent further recession. They will keep trying to pull back from the disease if the disease in your mouth is not controlled and treated. Once your gums have started to recede, the only way to keep it from getting worse is getting treatment. Then, if you want the look fixed later on, we will likely need to perform a graft. Call us today to find out more!...

Who Needs to Consider Crown Lengthening?
Posted on 12/23/2017 by Andrew Weber
Crown lengthening is a common dental surgical procedure that involves removing the gum tissue, bone or both so that more of the tooth's structure would be exposed. This minor surgery is often needed if you are about to undergo a dental crown procedure, especially if there is hardly any tooth structure left above your gum line that will support the dental crown. You can also undergo crown lengthening for aesthetic purposes since a "gummy smile" can be easily corrected by this dental procedure. What to Expect Before, After, and During Crown LengtheningBefore we advise a crown lengthening procedure, we need to conduct a thorough assessment and a review of your medical history as well as x-ray results. You will also undergo teeth cleaning. Considering that this is a surgical procedure, you can expect to be put under local anesthesia, the strength of which will largely depend on how many teeth will be "lengthened". Note that even though technically only one of your tooth needs crown lengthening, adjacent teeth will also be worked on so that the tissues can be reshaped gradually. After the crown lengthening procedure is over, you need to cover the affected area with ice for a couple of hours to reduce and prevent further swelling. You will also come back after 7 to 10 days so we can take the stitches out. You can expect your gums to completely heal after three months. By this time, your teeth will be ready for a crown or filling, if necessary. Just like any other medical and dental procedures, crown lengthening can cause discomfort and other complications such as bleeding and infection. To lessen the risks, you should work closely with us during the entire process. If you want to know more about crown lengthening, you can call or visit our office so we can provide you with more information. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (210) 598-8933 today....

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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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