Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Visit a Periodontist if Your Dentures Are Loose

As a periodontist, we treat patients suffering from gum disease. If you are currently wearing a partial set of dentures or even a full set of dentures, it is important that you pay attention to your health. In both cases, the health of your gums is going to directly impact how comfortable your dentures are to wear and whether or not they will fit securely. If you suddenly have loose-fitting dentures, this could be a sign that you have gum disease or that you are suffering from resorption. In either case, we encourage you to visit our dental office so that we can examine you and determine if there are any health conditions that need to be addressed right away.

A Periodontist Can Inspect Your Gums

If you are demonstrating signs of gum disease, we encourage you to call our office and schedule an examination. This is necessary for ensuring that we can catch gum disease in its early stages and provide you with fast treatment. Doing so will ensure that your teeth are not at risk of becoming infected as well.
Here are some signs that you can watch for:
  • Bleeding gums. When you brush your gums at night look for signs of bleeding. A little blood on your toothbrush is nothing to be alarmed about as long as it happens infrequently. However, if your gums are bleeding every night or they are bleeding significantly, this is a clear sign of gum disease that demands attention and you should schedule an appointment.
  • Red and swollen gums. If your gums are red and swollen they could simply be irritated by your dentures or you could be suffering from gum disease. Again, it is best if we catch gum disease before it causes a serious infection so schedule an appointment for your examination.
  • Teeth that look long or larger than normal.   If you have noticed that your remaining natural teeth are looking significantly longer than they used to, it could be a sign of gum recession. This happens when gum disease has advanced and your gums begin to pull away from your tooth structure exposing more of your actual tooth, and sometimes your roots. At first, your teeth will appear larger or longer than they used to so this is an important sign to watch for.
  • Loose teeth or dentures.  If your dentures or any remaining teeth are loose this could be indicative of you having gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss so this is nothing that should be ignored.

Non-Invasive Treatments from a Periodontist

We can treat gum disease using lasers. This is a non-invasive way to treat your gums and restore them to good health. Laser dentistry allows us to produce incredible results by improving your health without causing irritation or discomfort.

Schedule an Examination Today

We will be happy to assist you, so give us a call anytime that you notice your gums are irritated or if you are concerned that you are showing any signs of gum disease. We can examine you and discuss the treatment options that are available to you.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Laser Dentistry Is At The Forefront of Technology

Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry is at the forefront of emerging technologies that are making dentistry far more palatable for people who are immensely afraid of visiting the dentist. For a large portion of the population, the idea of visiting the dentist makes them break out in a cold sweat. Over the years, these numbers have accumulated to where significant portions of the American adult population would rather live with cavities, dental decay, and even more serious conditions than visit the dentist. Laser dentistry is effectively working to change the perception of a dental visit and also the fears of these kinds of people so they can get the treatment they need and deserve.

Dental Drills Contribute to Dental Anxiety and Fear

In studies conducted across the nation, specifically addressing the idea of dental fear, it has been revealed that the dental drill is one of the leading causes of dental fear in patients. In one specific study conducted at a dental university in Japan, it was found that the brains of people who have intense anxiety about a dental visit react uniquely to the sound of dental drills. These people responded just as strongly as if they were actually in the chair waiting for treatment, even though they were not in a dental chair and a dental drill was nowhere near them at the time of the study. The amazing thing about laser dentistry is that it virtually eliminates the need for the use of a dental drill. This is good news for people who have intense anxiety about dental visits, tied specifically to the dental drill and other equipment used in dental procedures. If a laser dentistry procedure can be done completely in the absence of a drill, there is a good chance we can help eliminate the phobias of a large percentage of the population.

Laser Dentistry is Pain-Free

Another significant advantage of laser dentistry is the fact that it has virtually no discomfort associated with it. Ironically, in studies, it has been shown that 75 percent of patients claimed to experience no pain at all when undergoing regular dental treatment. This is not surprising given the range of modern tools available that are used to ensure that the patient experiences no discomfort. And yet the majority of patients who do not want to visit the dentist or procrastinate about making an appointment state that as the major reason why they do not want to visit the dentist. With laser dentistry, there is virtually no discomfort associated with the treatment at all. This is because laser dentistry uses a laser light beam and water, which fuse together to remove decay, tissue, old fillings, and other things that need to be removed without causing damage to the tissues itself. This revolutionary technology can be used to try to whiten discolored teeth, alleviate the symptoms of gum disease, fight gum recession, and use the laser to remove the decay from a bad tooth so it can be properly prepared for a filling.

Visit Us for Laser Dentistry to Treat Gum Disease

We can treat your gum disease using laser technology. This is a comfortable and convenient way for us to restore your gums to excellent health and since it is non-invasive, you do not need to worry about discomfort.