What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing twice daily is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. Keeping a daily routine and making regular trips to the dentist will help greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria and plaque sit on the teeth, causing irritation and inflammation to the gums. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits and quality home care are highly recommended.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by bacteria and plaque in gums and the bone that hold your teeth in place. About 50% of cases of gingivitis progress into periodontal disease. This infection makes teeth more liable to become loose and fall out. Periodontal disease can lead to bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and gum and bone loss. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. It is also associated with other systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This is why taking care of your mouth is so important when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Noticeable symptoms will start to appear, including:
- Bad Breath
- Gum Recession
- Gum Sensitivity
- Bleeding Gums
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Loss
How do you treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. There are several treatment options available, you can find listed under the Periodontal Disease tab. Often, several forms of treatment will be used in a sequential process to help you fight this disease.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth is a common condition caused by the exposure of root surfaces. Recession of the gum line causes the underlying softer root of your tooth to show through. This allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can help. If you’d like more information about treating sensitivity, give us a call.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jawbone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a few months, the dental implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth (the crown and abutment) to be placed onto the dental implant.
How are Dental Implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a partial or complete set of artificial teeth that are removable and require daily cleaning. They can often feel bulky and take time to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent option that provide better retention for single or multiple teeth.
Who can place a Dental Implant?
A specialist is the best source for placement of dental implants, mainly due to the large number of complex cases. The skill and qualifications of the person placing your implant will determine the strength, stability, and function of your final restoration – a huge consideration in a procedure so complex and important.
How much do Implants cost?
The price of dental implants vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, how many implants you are having placed, and the amount of insurance coverage you receive. Implants generally cost between $1,500-3,500 for the screw itself. The price per tooth averages between $3,500-6,000.
How long do Implants last?
When cared for properly, implants last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.
Who is a candidate for sedation?
If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help overcome your anxiety. Some people have physical reasons, such as a sensitive gag reflex or sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well.
Will I be unconscious?
No, but you will be in a state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you are relaxed enough to not realize what is being done. Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure lasts.
Will I be monitored?
Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Your safety is our very top priority.
Are there any long term effects of sedation?
No. You will feel a little groggy and befuddled after some forms of sedation, but these effects wear off gradually throughout the day. However, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from your appointment.
What procedures can be performed under sedation?
Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not necessary for most of the procedures, but for the anxiety that some patients have regarding the procedure.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth.
- Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Dental implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
- Dental implants decrease the possibility of bone loss around the neighboring teeth.
- Dental implants replace the need for a removable full or partial denture.
- Dental implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing; a traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.