How to Prevent Gum Disease from Worsening

There’s something about gum disease you might not know. Ready?

It’s sneaky.

Aggressive yes. But sneaky too. Gum disease begins on the surface of your teeth and gums. Bacteria contained in dental plaque multiply and harden into dental calculus or tartar on your teeth and gum tissue.

Over time plaque begins to go stealth and hide. Where it hides is the primary concern.

What’s in your pockets?

Think of the spaces between your gum tissue and your tooth surface as a “pocket.” It’s the perfect place for plaque bacteria to hide and do damage to your teeth and gums.

You’re limited in what you can do to remove the build-up. Once it invades your tissue pockets you’ll need help.

Essential help

Dental calculus (tartar) is difficult to remove. You’ll require an appointment with your dentist or dental hygienist to eliminate the build-up in your gum pockets.

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure. It uses ultra-sonic technology to vibrate and scrape away the hardened calculus from your teeth beneath your gum tissue.

Scaling scrapes the tartar build-up from your tooth surfaces. Your tooth’s root is smoothed during the planing portion of the procedure.

A clean, smooth surface helps prevent dental plaque from attacking your tooth root. Scaling and root planing are effective for maintaining your tooth and gum health.

Stay in the “fight”

Preventive dentistry is vital for keeping your gums healthy. Gum disease cannot be cured but your oral health routine can prevent its progression.

Brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups and teeth cleanings are effective. Scaling and root planing can improve the health of your gum tissue when gum disease is present.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your gum health. Schedule a dental examination and teeth cleaning to help maintain healthy teeth and gum tissue.

An All-Important Yet Not-So-Obvious Benefit of Invisalign

Orthodontics have a default benefit. Your interest is most often peaked by how the treatment changes your appearance.

Invisalign®️, for example, provides more than cosmetic appeal. In fact, the treatment has a substantial impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

Your most common orthodontic problem

Straight teeth is one goal of orthodontic treatment. Another goal is correcting your bite.

Invisalign solves your common bite related problems. When your teeth are misaligned you can experience an overbite or in some instances, an underbite.

Properly aligned teeth fit together. Healthy alignment prevents unnecessary wear and other harmful conditions from impacting your teeth and gums.

Your teeth will not fit together perfectly. Dental problems including missing teeth, mouth trauma, crowded teeth, or habits early in your tooth development can produce misalignment.

Strange name – treatable condition

Allow me to get technical for a moment before giving you some hope. The clinical name for a bad or improper bite is malocclusion.

There are various phases or types of malocclusion including:

  • A normal bite but having teeth that are crowded or crooked.
  • An overbite that causes your top/upper teeth to extend out and over your lower/bottom teeth.
  • An underbite that causes your lower teeth to overlap your upper teeth.

Each phase or type of malocclusion can affect your daily oral hygiene such as making it difficult to brush or floss effectively, cause damage to your jawbone, and lead to unhealthy gums.

Invisalign can effectively treat your malocclusion issues. Bite correction is easier in children but you can also benefit as an adult.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your misaligned teeth and bite issues. Schedule an examination to discuss how Invisalign can straighten your teeth and correct your bite.

Why You Hear A Lot About Gingivitis

Can you trust advertising media? You will want to when the topic of gingivitis is mentioned.

Toothpaste or mouthwash commercials often toss the word around. Gingivitis is worth your attention because it’s the most common form of periodontal (gum) disease.

Millions of people, like you, deal with this earliest phase of gum disease. Worse, you might not know it’s attacking your teeth and gums.

But we’re about to change that by giving you the scoop.

First…

Cause and effect

Your gum health is essential to your dental health and your overall health. Gum disease can be irreversible when it reaches the periodontitis stage.

Neglect or poor oral health care starts your downward spiral. Plaque and tartar are to blame.

This sticky substance forms and hardens on your tooth surfaces. The major issue is that it harbors harmful oral bacteria.

Thriving bacteria feed on the acids left behind on your teeth. The result is tooth and gum tissue damage.

Your gums become irritated. Untreated they can become infected, lead to more aggressive gum issues, and ultimately tooth loss.

Loss prevention

Want some good news? Gingivitis is treatable in its early stages.

It’s vital that you keep your teeth and gums clean and free from plaque and tartar build up. Brushing, flossing, and routine dental care are your power-trio.

It’s also necessary to call in the professionals. Teeth cleanings and dental examinations handle what at-home care cannot, especially when plaque and tartar have hardened on your tooth surfaces.

Signs and solutions

Gingivitis leaves clues. Your symptoms are a timely reminder to seek treatment.

Look for swollen, red, or bleeding gums. And notice any color changes in your gum tissue – pink to bright red.

Schedule a dental examination when you spot these signs. We will diagnose the condition of your gums and inform you about a treatment plan to stop the spread of gingivitis.

Contact your Roswell dentist about any concerns you have about your gum tissue. Schedule a dental examination and teeth cleaning to improve your oral health and help prevent tooth loss.

Don’t Rush This if You Want a Successful Dental Implant Treatment

There’s a reason dental implants remain a top tooth replacement solution. It’s also associated with a common question about the treatment.

Implant placement requires oral surgery. It would make sense for you to want to know how long the healing period lasts.

Your dental implant procedure is primarily about allowing necessary time for the implant to adapt to your bone and gum tissue.

That period of time is essentially what makes the treatment effective. Dental implants exceed mere cosmetic benefits by creating a solid, fully functional tooth.

Your healing time will vary. But it’s among the most important phases of implant dentistry.

Your primary healing factor

The health of your jawbone and surrounding gum tissue has a significant impact on speed and duration of healing. You must also extend the time frame if you require a bone graft.

Your healing period will last from two to four months on average. The vital part of this season is allowing your new implant to adapt to your surrounding bone tissue.

Post-treatment instructions help assure that your implant is adapting properly. It’s important to avoid stress on the treatment site such as biting and chewing aggressively.

The surprising benefits of your dental implant (and a few risks)

Restored tooth function is a key benefit of dental implant treatment. This is due to the implant forming a solid, new tooth root.

A dental crown creates the surface, visible tooth portion. The crown is not vulnerable to cavities or decay but it does require as your implant does.

And about those risks…

Be aware of any gum issues post implant placement. Inflammation can lead to a gum infection and eventually bone loss around your dental implant.

Periodontal (gum) disease affects your gum tissue. The same can impact the tissue that surrounds your implant also.

Keep your implant, crown, bone tissue, and gum tissue healthy. Routine follow-up, examinations, and teeth cleanings help maintain the health of your gums.

Healthy gums naturally produce a healthy dental implant. This leads to long-lasting treatment results.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your tooth loss or tooth damage. Schedule an examination to discuss dental implant treatment as a missing tooth solution.

How a Toothache Can Lead to a Solution

No one likes it. But pain can be your health ally if you respond to it in a timely way.

Toothaches, for example, can indicate a deeper oral health issue. Your tooth or mouth pain can range from mild irritation to severe, throbbing pain.

Pain is there for a reason

A dental cavity or tooth decay might initially happen under-the-radar. Pain stays hidden for a period of time and then one day it surfaces.

This confirms the necessity of routine dental examinations. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce your risk of pain caused by a cavity or decay.

Oral bacteria consistently threaten the health of your teeth and gums. They break down your tooth enamel by feeding on the sugars and acids on the surface of your teeth.

Eventually the enamel wears down. This can lead to the dull or progressive ache you feel.

You might have suffered an injury to your teeth or gums. Without an examination or treatment your tooth damage can lead to an abscessed tooth, gum disease, or other problems associated with a chipped or broken tooth.

In-the-meantime relief

Your ultimate relief from a toothache should involve a scheduled appointment in our Roswell dental office. Before your appointment you can achieve some temporary relief.

Rinse your mouth with warm water or gently floss to dislodge any food trapped between your teeth or below your gum line. Also take an over-the-counter pain reliever and avoid hot or cold foods that heighten tooth sensitivity.

Source and solution

Your dental examination will locate the source of your toothache. Once we know the cause your toothache can be properly treated.

It’s important to your comprehensive oral and physical health that you keep your gums and teeth healthy. Again, a toothache or mouth pain is an indication that something potentially unhealthy is occurring.

Daily at-home care that includes brushing and flossing, in-office, routine examinations and teeth cleanings with a dental hygienist two times per year, and following through on recommended treatment will help you avoid future pain and care costs.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your toothache or mouth pain. Schedule a dental examination to determine the cause and the treatment that can provide you relief.