Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Treatments

Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Treatments

Dental Implants
A dental Implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are the answer for many people with missing or damaged teeth, and they are a long-term solution that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

Root Coverage
Root coverage procedures are often used to treat gums that have receded to the point that the roots of a tooth are exposed. During the procedure, your periodontist will take gum tissue from the roof of your mouth to cover the root and develop tissue where needed.

Ridge Augmentation
Ridge augmentation procedures are often performed to correct irregularities in the gums and jaw after tooth extraction. A periodontist may also perform a ridge augmentation to prevent the jawbone from collapsing after a tooth extraction.

Pocket-Depth Reduction
Bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around the teeth.  In cases of advanced periodontal disease, deep pockets can form in the spaces between the gum and tooth, providing a space for additional bacteria to fester and cause further damage to gum and bone. Your periodontist clears the pockets of any bacteria and infection and retightens the gum tissue around the tooth.

Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is a procedure where excess gum tissue is removed to expose more of the “crown,” the white enamel-covered part of the tooth. This procedure is performed on patients who have a “gummy smile” in which teeth appear too short or gum seems uneven. This can be administered to one tooth or to enhance the entire smile.

Combination Procedures
Sometimes, you may need a few of these procedures to build the framework for the perfect smile. A combination of periodontal procedures can result in a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health!

Preventing Childhood Periodontal Disease

Preventing Childhood Periodontal Disease
Consider these tips:

*When your child is 12 months old, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing his or her teeth. It is important to start flossing when the gaps between your child’s teeth close.

*Serve as a good role model by practicing good dental hygiene habits yourself.

*Schedule regular dental visits for family checkups, comprehensive periodontal evaluations, and bi-annual cleanings.

*Check your child’s mouth for signs of periodontal disease. Symptoms include bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding from the teeth and bad breath.

*Early diagnosis ensures the greatest chance for successful treatment in people of all ages. Children should receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits.

*Hormonal changes in teenagers can put them at risk for periodontal disease. During puberty, an increased level of hormones can cause a surge in blood circulation to the gums. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

About the Conditions
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., affecting nearly 26 million Americans. Diabetes causes the body not to produce or properly supply insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar (or glucose) into energy.

People with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than those without diabetes. Additionally, people with diabetes tend to experience more severe levels of bone loss and more aggressive disease activity.

The tooth loss seen as a result of severe untreated periodontal disease can make chewing and digesting food difficult, having a negative impact on a diabetic’s ability to maintain proper nutrition and control his or her blood sugar levels. Periodontal disease also raises a person’s systemic inflammatory signals, which increases blood sugar.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Although a regular oral hygiene routine is important for everyone to follow, people with diabetes should be particularly diligent about how they care for their gums and teeth. People with diabetes should undergo a yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluation.
If periodontal disease is detected, a periodontist can provide treatment that can stop the disease and bring the gums back to a state of health, preventing additional bone or tooth loss. In fact, periodontal treatment has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes!

Tip
People with diabetes may want to schedule their dental appointments early in the morning after they have eaten a normal breakfast in order to stabilize blood sugar and prevent a severe or sudden drop in blood sugar levels.

Periodontal Disease and Reducing Inflammation

Periodontal Disease and Reducing Inflammation

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a chronic inflammatory condition in which plaque bacteria accumulate below the gum line. Over time, the inflammatory response to the bacteria can cause the erosion of the gum tissue and supporting bone. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
The good news is that through such treatments as scaling and root planing, Dr. Bass and Dr. Hall can help you reduce the inflammation in your gums. There are a few things you can do at home to help reduce inflammation in your mouth and body.
Diet
Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant-rich green tea!
Exercise
Regular moderate exercise may help reduce inflammation and stress.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing twice a day and floss daily.
If periodontal disease does develop, Dr. Hall and Dr. Bass can develop an effective treatment plan for your unique needs.

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