Gum disease is a silent enemy to our health, the danger is in not treating it early enough!
Bleeding while flossing indicates the presence of under the gum ulcerated tissue! By being proactive, you save your teeth and your health because bacteria in the gums travel in the bloodstream and affect you brain, heart and general health!
The process of loosing teeth goes as follows:
Slight inflammation due to illness or hormonal imbalance or not effective oral hygiene causes the gum to swell, which provides a shelter for food to hide, and a pantry for the bacteria to grow, causing acute inflammation and loss of the gum attachment to the teeth, causing the early stages of Periodontitis.
Loss of the attachment causes deeper pockets, which causes degradation of the teeth surfaces and loss of bone around the teeth and that is what we call Chronic Periodontal Disease, and that how people lose their teeth. At this stage, we try to continue non surgical therapy, by using laser treatment, local antibiotic placed under the gums and systemic antibiotics. But, if that fails, we have no choice but to refer you to the Periodontist (gum surgeon) after the Gum Therapy. Surgery is painful, but it saves the teeth.
We can start by doing a DNA testing of your saliva to find out what kind of unwanted bacteria is lingering in your mouth to cause the generalized bleeding and 4mm pockets that we saw while cleaning your teeth. The fact that the gums in your front teeth were bleeding easily means there is elevated bacterial counts in your gums. The DNA testing that we do may help us diagnose your gum disease better and possibly prescribe you antibiotics that target the correct bacteria in your mouth to take in addition to the deep cleaning. Here is the link to the website from Oral DNA (the company who we send the saliva sample to): https://www.oraldna.com/
The deep cleaning procedure is usually done in 1 appointment but sometimes 2 appointments are needed due to insurance plan restrictions. 1 appointment allows us to clean your whole mouth at once without residual buildup when you leave. The gums will need to be numb for comfort and in most cases, we only need to use a topical gel rather than an injection.
Below is a link for a detailed explanation of what Gum disease is and why and how it is treated at each stage:
With CEREC crowns you can get your restoration designed, created and placed in just one visit.
What goes into getting same day crowns?
A dental crown is recommended to protect a tooth that is weak or damaged by old metal fillings, decay, cracks or infection. Dental crowns may also be used if the tooth is severely misshapen or discolored and you would just like to improve the appearance of your tooth.
This quick one-day treatment will include these simple steps:
Impressions: With this amazing CEREC technology, we can easily take these measurements with a small handheld camera. No annoying molds to deal with. It only takes a couple minutes to snap the images we need.
Design and Fabricate: After we scan photos of your tooth, these photos will be uploaded to the computer and made into 3D images. Once the crown is designed the next step is to fabricate it in our milling machine. We only recommend ceramic crowns, as they are biological and holistic materials that are gentle on the gum tissues, in addition to looking very life-like.
Bonding the Crown: Once the crown is complete, we check the fit of the crown before we bond it into place. Once bonded, we will give it one good, final polish and you leave our office with a permanent crown! No more temporaries that feel rough or fall out, making you take time off from work or life to go back to get them re-cemented.
Same day crowns make it possible to get the dentistry you need in one visit so you can get back to your life.
Watch this clip of David Letterman as he discusses the hassle of having a temporary crown and suggests having crowns made in a single visit:
Bad breath plagues us all, but for many different reasons, read below to see how you can prevent bad breath from affecting your work and personal relationships!
- See your dentist at least every 6 months, or possibly every 3 months if you get tartar buildup easily. The bacteria that cause tartar buildup and gum disease make it hard to keep your breath fresh. If it has been a while since you have seen the dentist, untreated gum disease produces gum infections that need more aggressive cleanings.
- Brush and floss daily then brush your tongue. Bacteria are also present on your tongue. If it is coated, it needs to be clean. You can use your toothbrush (no toothpaste needed) or a tongue scraper found at any drug store.
- Prevent or control acid reflux or GERD. Acid backs up into your mouth and causes bad breath. It may have an acidic smell to it. Check with your physician about treatment options as it can develop into more serious conditions or be caused by untreated sleep apnea.
- Prevent or control dry mouth. Certain medications cause dry mouth and sometimes a combination of many medications heighten the effects of dry mouth. Mouth breathing can also cause dry mouth and you may need to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to see if you have any allergies, sinus issues or sleep apnea. Without sufficient saliva to wash the mouth after you eat to breakdown the foods and neutralize the acid created, the mouth becomes a hot spot for bacteria to thrive.
- Quit smoking. No matter how hard you try to mask the smoke in your breath, either by chewing gum, eating breath mints or using mouthwash, it is only temporary.
- Clean your mouthguards, retainers, partial dentures and dentures daily with warm water and soap. If you see white buildup on them, they are covered in plaque and cannot be removed without our dental tools. Discontinue wearing them as they are doing more harm than good at this point. Make sure to bring them in so we can clean them for you or recommend replacement if there is too much growth on them.
- If you have had a cold recently, nasal drainage in the back of your throat can also cause bad breath. Control congestion with a nasal spray, Sudafed, a Neti pot (with distilled water only!) or a combination of these to keep the nasal cavity clean.
What your dentists in Roseville want you to know
Your smile is one of your most important assets. Your teeth are one of the most important factors in helping your digestion. If your self-esteem suffers or your chewing ability is compromised due to lost teeth, your entire life may be changed.
Fortunately, a well-fitting, beautiful denture can give you back your smile and enhance your life. Your dentists at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA, want to share how dentures can help you.
If you have severely damaged and painful teeth, tooth extraction is one of the treatments to give you pain relief and eliminate infection. Once your teeth are removed, you are faced with either living without teeth or replacing your teeth with a dental appliance.
Dental appliances like removable partial dentures and conventional dentures can restore your smile and give you back your self-esteem. Modern dentures also fit securely and comfortably, enabling you to eat the foods you love.
Your dentists at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry offer a full range of dentures to choose from. Consider:
- A conventional denture which replaces a full arch of teeth; conventional dentures are created after your tissue has healed completely, usually at 6 to 8 weeks.
- An immediate denture also replaces a full arch of teeth; immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction so you don’t have to live without teeth. A more permanent, conventional denture is made after your tissue has healed.
- An implant-supported denture has the added support of either dental implants or tooth roots; the denture, called an overdenture, is then snapped into place over the implants or roots. Overdentures help you retain more bone in your jaw, which gives you a firm jawline and a more youthful look.
- A partial denture replaces a few missing teeth, not the entire arch; partials are held in place by clasps which attach to the teeth next to the open space.
Dentures can help restore your smile, your health, and your sense of well-being. You deserve to be able to show off a beautiful smile, and now you can with dentures. To find out more about what dentures can do for you, call your dentists at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA. Don’t wait for your great smile, call today!
Some of us need more attention in order to maintain stable oral health and keep the bacteria levels down. Most Insurance plans cover only 2 cleanings a year but it is not up to them to decide how your teeth and gums are maintained. We measure your gums annually to look for stability or changes over the year. Compare the number of cleanings you need in a year to the average 5,000-mile oil change that most cars need. Depending on how fast it takes to get to 5,000 miles, some cars need more oil changes in a year than others. The same holds for your oral health; if your bacteria levels get high and tartar builds up around your teeth quickly, you need more professional cleanings than the standard 6 month intervals. Your medical health serves as another indicator of how many cleanings you need. Patients who have heart disease, diabetes, infections in organs or who are pregnant require a disease-free mouth in order for the rest of the body to stay healthy, as bacteria in the mouth spread to the rest of the body and prevent healing. Remember, we only get one set of permanent teeth so be true to your teeth or they will be false to you!
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