Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

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Sensitive teeth can prevent you from indulging in countless treats that may be too hot or too cold. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, tooth sensitivity affects around 40 million people in the United States. If you suffer from this condition, it is important to understand its causes and learn how to prevent it. Why are my teeth sensitive? Tooth sensitivity stems from a loss of enamel and an exposing of a tooth’s dentin. […]

Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that […]

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that […]

Maintenance

In only twenty four hours, plaque that has been allowed to remain on your teeth can turn into calculus (tartar)!  It’s important for you to carefully clean your teeth daily to minimize the accumulation of plaque and tartar, but every mouth has hard to reach areas that will need special attention. When your periodontal examination and / or treatment has been completed, your dental hygienist and dentist will recommend that you schedule regular maintenance cleanings […]

Treatment

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Methods of treatment for periodontal disease will depend on the type and severity of the disease.  Your dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums for periodontal disease, and when needed, they will recommend appropriate specialized treatment. Periodontal disease occurs when the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gum becomes filled with plaque, tartar, and bacteria.  This accumulation causes irritation to the tissues surrounding the teeth.  When these irritants are allowed […]

Diagnosis

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A diagnosis of periodontal disease is made by your dentist or dental hygienist in the course of a periodontal examination.  Every regular dental check-up should include this sort of evaluation. To evaluate the health of the gums, a small dental instrument called a periodontal probe is gently utilized to measure the sulcus (the space or “pocket”) between the gum and each tooth.  A healthy sulcus should not measure more than three millimeters, and should not […]

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

The term “periodontal” literally means “around the tooth.”  Periodontal disease (sometimes called periodontitis or just “gum disease”) is an inflammatory condition which attacks the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the gums teeth, and (in advanced cases) even of the jawbones. Periodontal disease is usually preceded by gingivitis. This is a bacterial infection of the gum tissues.  Bacterial infections are able to penetrate the gums when the toxins produced in plaque irritate and cause inflammation […]

Periodontal Disease

The meaning of the word periodontal is “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease occurs when the gums and jaw bone deteriorate, thereby damaging the natural support for the teeth. The most common cause of periodontal disease is plaque—a sticky film composed of food debris, saliva, and bacteria.  If plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, it quickly transforms into calculus (also called “tartar”).  When calculus and plaque remain on the teeth, they can cause destruction […]