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Treating Gum Disease: Why Some Patients Are Being Asked To Come In More Than Twice A Year

Treating Gum Disease: Why Some Patients Are Being Asked To Come In More Than Twice A Year

In the recent past, studies have linked periodontal disease—better known as gum disease—to systemic disorders such as diabetes, depression, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, and pre-mature birth weights. In addition to these systemic disorders, gum disease can also cause bad breath, pain, and tooth loss, and has even been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.  Thankfully, gum disease can be…

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Is It Normal To Have To Have A Deep Cleaning More Than Once?

Is It Normal to Have to Have a Deep Cleaning More Than Once?

Periodontal disease has become the most common reason for tooth loss in the American adult population. Multiple research studies have been conducted during the past thirty years that have proven that, what used to be called "pyorrhea of the gums" and "periodontosis," is an opportunistic infection caused by several different types of bacteria. Recent research has linked periodontal disease to systemic…

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Why It Can’t Wait…

Why It Can’t Wait…

It is simply human nature to procrastinate dental work. There are multiple known reasons for this, including fear of discomfort, time constraints, and fear of the unknown.  Modern dental techniques that make dental care much more comfortable than in days past; technology that makes dental appointments much shorter, and a plethora of free information about dentistry that can be found on the…

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Why Have My Gums Around My New Crown Been Sensitive And Bleed Easily Since It Was Put On?

Why Have My Gums Around My New Crown Been Sensitive and Bleed Easily Since It Was Put On?

Assuming that you have been examined and treated appropriately for gum disease, there are basically two reasons for sensitivity of the gum tissues around the necks of crowns. The type of metal that the crown was made of may be problematic. More often, where the edge of the crown is placed may be infringing on what is called the biologic…

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Is Gingivitis The Same Thing As Gum Disease?

Is Gingivitis the Same Thing as Gum Disease?

Healthy gums do not bleed.  Any amount of bleeding during brushing on on minimal stimulation is, therefore, variation from health.  Both gingivitis and periodontitis are forms of gum disease. Classification of gum diseases is very difficult because they are caused by many different types of germs and are dependent on the overall health of each individual patient.  However, recently it…

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Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need A Reline When I Just Got My Dentures A Year Ago?

Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need a Reline When I Just Got My Dentures a Year Ago?

On average, dentures should be replaced approximately every 7 years, and after approximately 1 year for an immediately placed "treatment denture."  When a patient wears complete dentures, supporting bony ridges are subjected to unnatural forces that contribute to rapid loss of bone.  Therefore, the fit of the denture changes rapidly.  Secondly, ill-fitting dentures cause even more damage to supporting bone as…

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What Is The Sharp Thing Coming Out Of Where I Had A Tooth Extraction?

What is the sharp thing coming out of where I had a tooth extraction?

No one ever likes to have a tooth extraction done.  Unfortunately, there are times when the loss of an adult tooth is unavoidable.  As in any surgery, there are many risks such as infection, lasting numbness of the tongue or lips, etc.  However, this particular question deals with the healing process after a tooth extraction takes place.  Discussing this problem…

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