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Gum Disease: Is Periodontal Therapy Necessary?

Tooth loss is not necessarily a natural part of the aging process. Many times, it is a symptom of advanced gum disease. Periodontal disease is not partial to any age or gender. It can affect children, adolescents, and adults with poor oral hygiene being the leading cause. However, smokers and people with systemic diseases are also at a high risk to develop this condition. Once gum disease is diagnosed, the dentist typically recommends periodontal therapy to treat it.

What is Periodontal Therapy?

There are many forms of periodontal therapy, but the goal is always to restore the diseased gum tissue to a healthy state. Most forms of the therapy include deep cleaning ...

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What Is A Smile Makeover?

Is it time to enhance your appearance? You know it’s your teeth that mar your smile, but you’re not sure what you can do to make a change. A consultation with our dentist will afford you many different options that will give you the smile makeover that you’ve been thinking about for a long time.

Dental stain can occur for a multitude of reasons including neglect, food and beverage choices, medications, and tobacco use. Teeth whitening can eradicate much of that stain and brighten your teeth multiple shades in one brief dental appointment.

Your dentist may recommend you have your teeth professionally cleaned before undergoing teeth whitening to remove any plaque buildup ...

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What Causes Dulling and Discoloration of Teeth?

Have you ever wondered how and why teeth become discolored? Our teeth become dull, discolored, and yellow with age and with exposure to things we eat and drink that stain our teeth. The reason our teeth stain is that they are porous. Once stains develop, they have penetrated the enamel surface of teeth and can only be lightened with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Until professional teeth whitening occurs, teeth will remain discolored and stained, even if one brushes thoroughly or uses over the counter whitening products.

Our dentist offers two teeth whitening options, Zoom and Boost, as well as other cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Do Store-Bought Products Produce the Same Results?

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Do Dental Implants Mimic Natural Tooth Structure?

Dental implants are the most structurally complete tooth replacement devices currently available to patients who have suffered tooth loss. Only dental implants consist of a root-like structure, which is the small titanium cylinder inserted into the patient’s jaw, and a prosthetic crown in the form of a single crown, bridge or denture.

Because of the osseointegration process by which bone fuses with titanium, the dental implants become a fixture in the jaw several months after the dentist places them. This allows them to function like artificial tooth roots.

Although we can’t see them, the roots of our teeth play an important role in our oral health and our smile’s stability. For example, ...

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Professional Dental Cleaning May Help Decrease Heart Disease

We all know that inadequate dental care can lead to problems like cavities and gum disease, but it can also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown links between inflammation in the gums and inflammation in the circulatory system, as well as a stronger risk of heart disease among people who suffer from chronic gum disease.

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Although researchers are not entirely sure of the connection, many studies have shown that people who experience chronic gum disease are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease are found in the cardiovascular system, causing inflammation.

Similar results have been found ...

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Why Do Dentures Lose Their Fit?

For many years, dentures have been a popular method of replacing missing teeth, and even though newer treatments, such as dental implants have grown in popularity, dentures remain hugely popular.

However, one drawback of dentures when compared to dental implants is in the way they fit into the patient’s mouth. While dental implants are inserted directly into the patient’s jaw bone and do not become loose, the pressure exerted on the gum tissues by dentures can often lead to the gum tissue becoming more pliable, while the jaw bone can shrink and erode.

When this occurs, dentures lose their once-snug fit and begin to feel loose in the mouth, even in ...

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Subtle Straightening with Invisalign

Do you wish you could straighten your teeth without having to wear noticeable wire braces? Invisalign is an alternative to fixed orthodontia made from clear plastic. Since this orthodontic system doesn’t rely on fixed, metal appliances, patients enjoy very discreet treatment. The aesthetic benefits of Invisalign appeal to the image-conscious patient such as a working professional. Invisalign is discreet and effective. This treatment option is beneficial for patients with gapped, crowded, and rotated teeth.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign works similarly to conventional braces by placing gentle but consistent pressure on teeth. Pressure generates tooth movement. Instead of relying on fixed oral appliances that are bonded to teeth, Invisalign fits over teeth like ...

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