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By Blue Ridge Dental
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   periodontics  

Periodontal disease is a dental problem that affects a large percentage of American adults. Many patients are surprised to learn that it gum diseaseaffects up to half of adults over the age of 30 and up to 70% of seniors who are 65 or older (CDC statistics). Without proper dental care, periodontitis can lead to serious oral care and even general health issues. Find out the periodontal treatment options that are available at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Poor dental hygiene is the main reason why people develop periodontal disease. You must brush and floss regularly to keep the levels of good versus bad bacteria in your mouth in balance. When there's an imbalance and bad bacteria overwhelms the gums, that bacteria begins to attack the bone tissue causing periodontal disease. The gums become visibly inflamed, painful and may begin to separate from the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal Treatment Options
Here are the most common solutions for periodontitis that are available at your Mount Airy dentist office:

  • Deep cleaning beneath the gum line.
  • Antibiotic therapy to eliminate bad bacteria.
  • Bone grafting to rebuild bone tissue.
  • Bite adjustment if there is stress on your teeth, causing them to move or loosen.

Avoiding Gum Disease in the Future
Periodontal disease is avoidable. Take these important steps to ensure that you never have a problem with gum disease again after it's treated:

  • Be meticulous about your brushing and flossing habits. Flossing in particular is important because it removes plaque from around the gumline.
  • Reduce your consumption of sugar and eat a diet that's richer in green leafy vegetables, calcium to strengthen bone tissue and crunchy fruits like apples and pears.
  • Quit smoking because the tar can accelerate the growth of bad bacteria.
  • See your dentist at least once every three months for check ups and maintenance after you have had periodontal treatment.

Get Treatment Right Away
If you have any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, it's important that you get treatment as soon as possible. Call Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC at (336) 789-5306 today to set a time and date for an exam.

By Blue Ridge Dental
December 22, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement with their life-like appearance, high success rate and durability. If you have significant dental issues, they may seem like the perfect answer. But before you choose to replace a problem tooth with an implant, it might be to your benefit — financially and health-wise — to consider saving the tooth first.

Tooth decay can be a formidable enemy, destroying both tooth structure and the tooth’s connectivity to the jaw. But there are treatment options even for heavily decayed teeth, including cavity filling with composite resins or porcelain that look and function like natural teeth. For decay deep within a tooth’s interior, root canal therapy can rid the pulp chamber and root canals of decay and seal them from future occurrences. The treatment’s success rate is comparable to and less expensive than implants.

While decay damage can be significant, adult teeth are more at risk from periodontal (gum) disease, a gum infection caused by bacterial plaque on tooth surfaces. This disease can weaken gum tissues until they eventually detach from the teeth and lead to loss. Gum disease, though, can often be brought under control by techniques called scaling and root planing that deep clean tooth and root surfaces of plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits).

Scaling may require multiple sessions and will require a greater effort from the patient in performing daily oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly to closely monitor gum health. And more advanced cases may require surgery to access deep pockets of infection or repair damaged tissues. But even with this effort, treating gum disease rather than replacing a tooth could be much less costly — and you’ll be able to preserve your own teeth.

On the other hand, the disease process may have gone on too long and caused too much damage for the tooth to be saved. In these cases, the best option is to remove it and install a restoration like an implant. By first completing a complete dental examination, we’ll be better able to advise you whether your best course is a “tooth rescue” or a replacement.

If you would like more information on dental repair or replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.