Posts for: August, 2017
What your dentist in Norwich, Connecticut, wants you to know
You’ve probably already heard about dental implants. The truth is dental implants are the best solution available to replace missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, you may have become used to an incomplete smile, and that may be a mistake.
Living without teeth causes your jaws to lose bone, resulting in you looking older than you actually are. Your face may begin to sag and lose youthful fullness and contours. Dr. Edward Yates at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, Connecticut, wants to share why dental implants are an important choice for you.
A younger-looking face isn’t the only reason why dental implants are a great choice. When you choose dental implants, you will experience:
- Natural-looking tooth replacement because implants look just like your natural teeth
- Stable tooth replacement because implants are placed in bone and the bone fills in around the implant, locking it in place
- Healthy tooth replacement because you can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth, keeping your teeth and gums healthy
- Worry-free tooth replacement because your new dental implants will never decay and they are stain resistant too
- Successful tooth replacement because dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Your dental implants will be placed during a simple procedure done right in the office. During the healing period, the bone will grow around and fuse with the dental implant, securing it firmly in place. After the area has healed, Dr. Yates will cap the implant with a sparkling implant crown.
You can choose dental implants to replace a single, or multiple missing teeth, or to provide support for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants. For more detailed information about dental implants, please visit the dental implants page on the website at http://www.norwichaestheticdentistry.com/dental-implants.html
If you want a complete, beautiful new smile, it’s time for you to discover the importance of dental implants. It’s time for you to call Dr. Edward Yates at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, Connecticut. Call him today and get started on a new smile and a new you!
Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.
First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.
How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of allÂ Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.
What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.
Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.” Â If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.
Although your smile wouldn't be the same without them, there's more to your gums than their looks. Besides helping to hold your teeth in place, they're also an important protective barrier for their roots.
Unfortunately, gums aren't immune to disease, especially periodontal (gum) disease. This bacterial infection, triggered by built-up dental plaque on teeth due to insufficient oral hygiene, can cause the gum tissues to detach from teeth and shrink back (recede). This can make your teeth more sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages, as well as put them at even greater risk for tooth decay.
To treat gum recession, our first priority is to stop any ongoing gum disease through aggressive plaque removal. Depending on severity, this could require clinical procedures like scaling or root planing to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque deposits) at or below the gum line. This is especially crucial for improving gum tissue healing and stimulating potential reattachment.
Revitalizing gum tissues this way naturally has a better chance of occurring if we're able to prevent recession before it reaches the roots. If that does happen and we have sufficient gum tissue attachment remaining, we may need to give the gum tissue a helping hand through gum grafting surgery. There are a number of techniques depending on the circumstances, but they all use either tissue from another location in the patient's mouth or prepared tissue from another human donor. This type of surgery requires great skill and expertise, not to mention an aesthetic sense, to achieve a result that's both functional and attractive.
Other than daily brushing and flossing, the most important thing you can do for gum health is to see us as soon as you notice any signs of gum problems like swelling, bleeding or tooth sensitivity. The sooner we can diagnose and begin treating the problem, the less likely any gum recession will have a long-term impact on your health.
If you would like more information on gum health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gum Recession.”