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Can Your Regular Dentist Treat Your Gum Disease?

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Ronald Watkins
If you have gum disease, a regular dentist can spot it and stave off further development. However, you need to contact our periodontal team to treat the disease. With the care of a periodontal specialist, you can attack the problem and treat it more effectively. What a Regular Dentist Can Do If you suspect gum disease, a regular dentist can usually diagnose it and give you a professional cleaning. However, he or she will usually recommend that you see a periodontist for further treatment. Whether you have gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease) or a more advanced form of gum disease (periodontitis), our team of periodontal professionals can assess the condition and give you customized care. How We Can Help When you receive our periodontal services, we will measure the pocket depth of your gums. This assessment shows us the health of the gingival tissue so we can make the proper diagnosis. We also provide deep cleanings, such as scaling and root planing. When we clean the teeth using this technique, we use a special tool to get rid of the hard plaque (tartar) and newly formed plaque, reaching down to the bottom of the periodontal pocket. This is done to remove both plaque and tartar as well as harmful bacteria. We also plane the roots to smooth them so the gum can reattach itself to the tooth. By visiting our office, all your periodontal needs can be met in one place. You can receive total periodontal care, including bone grafts, gum flap surgery, or gum grafts, depending on the severity of your gum disease. Have you had your gum health checked? Are your gums bleeding? If so, now is a good time to schedule a complete periodontal exam (CPE) with our professional periodontal staff. Contact us to receive direct specialty services. That is the best way to ensure the future health of your teeth and gums. Call our periodontal team now for an appointment....
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Ways of Treating Gums that Do Not Stay Tight Against Your Teeth

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Ronald Watkins
While a loose tooth may signal a special time in the life of a child, it cannot be celebrated as an adult. If your gums are loose or do not fit snugly, you need to find a way to treat the problem now. Why the Gum Recedes or Pulls Away? According to dental research, about 50% of adults have some form of periodontal disease. Therefore, it is not uncommon for gum recession to occur or for adults to have tartar build-up. This usually happens because adults do not follow a regular routine of dental care. To combat the problem, you have several treatment options available to you. By taking measures now, you can improve the health of your gums and teeth and change your habits with respect to oral hygiene. How to Treat Gum Recession or Gums that Do Not Stay Tight For at-home care, mix some salt with warm water and swish it in the mouth. Doing so will remove the bacteria that sits below the gum line. You should also see about scheduling a deep professional cleaning called a scaling and root planing. While scaling is done to remove the hardened plaque or tartar below the gum and at the gum line, planing is performed to smooth the roots so the gum can reattach itself to the tooth. In extreme cases, we can perform surgery to remove inflamed gum tissue and bone, which have been damaged by periodontal disease. Bone grafts may also be performed to rebuild the bone lost to dental disease. In some cases, soft tissue grafts, also known as gum grafts, may be suggested to promote healing. Mouth rinses or medicines may be used as well to reduce the bacteria in the mouth and reverse the signs of infection. You do have options if your gum is not attaching itself tightly against a tooth. Contact our team of periodontal professionals to arrange a consultation and an exam....
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Can You Eat Right After a Gum Graft?

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Ronald Watkins
Gum grafts are an important tool in the fight against progressive disease. If you are scheduled for a gum graft, you may have a lot of questions about it. One of your questions may be about your diet moving forward after the gum graft is done. Do you know what foods to eat, and what foods to avoid after a gum graft? We have some answers for you. What Is A Gum Graft, and Why Would I Need One? Gum grafts are used to build gum tissue. Usually, the tissue for the gum graft is taken from the roof of your mouth. The tissue is then placed along the gum line. Gum grafts are used to cover nerves or tooth roots that may have been exposed due to a receding gum line. They can also be used to strengthen the existing gum tissue. Eating After A Gum Graft We recommend you wait to eat after a gum graft until the anesthesia has worn off. After your mouth stops feeling numb, you can think about eating. For the first day after you have the surgery done, you need to stick to cold, soft foods. These foods might include ice cream, jello, cold soups, and pudding. After a couple of days, you can try warmer foods. Don't put anything in your mouth that is too hot- such as that amazing pepperoni pizza you always burn your mouth on. You need to eat soft foods for at least a week after a gum graft. Don't chew on the side of your mouth where the graft occurred. Eating or drinking foods rich in Vitamin D, A, and C will also help your mouth to heal more quickly. You need to avoid hard or crunchy food. You also need to avoid spicy, acidic foods as well, because they may be painful. Do you need a gum graft? Are you not sure how to prepare? Why not give us a call, and let us give you more information about caring for your mouth after a gum graft?...
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