The areas examined include head/neck, jaws, mouth, teeth, gums, intra-oral/extra-oral soft tissues, and oral cancer screening. We use the latest technology for your oral examination. We will also discuss home care techniques.
Tooth Scaling and Root Planing:
Scaling is necessary when plaque and tartar are detected at or below the gum line. Plaque and tartar are then scraped off the tooth’s crown and root. In many cases after scaling, the tooth’s surface is smoothed by root planing.
Periodontal Disease & Your Health:
Gum disease does not only affect the gums and inside of your mouth, but also affects your entire body! If you have gum disease you are also running the risk of many other much worse problems such as: stroke; heart disease; lung disease; diabetes; gastric ulcers; osteoporosis and; pre-term babies. The only way to prevent problems like these from occurring is to care for your gums!
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. Gums become tender, swollen and likely to bleed. This generally can be stopped with proper oral hygiene and treatment from your dentist. Periodontitis (moderate) is where the gums deteriorate and begin detaching themselves from the teeth forming gum pockets, which allows plaque to collect below the gum line. This causes tooth roots to become susceptible to decay. Periodontitis (advanced) is where a radical amount of gum tissue and bone tissue is lost. Teeth become loose and may even need to be extracted. This causes difficulties in normal everyday chewing and biting habits. If advanced periodontal disease is left untreated, patients run the risk of other serious health problems.
Brushing & Flossing: Step 1: Place bristles along the gum line at a 45 degree angle. Gently brush using a circular motion along tooth surfaces. Step 2: Brush each tooth individually! Tilt brush vertically behind the front teeth. Using the front half of the brush use the same circular motion. Step 3: Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back and forth motion. Brush the tongue to remove odor producing bacteria, or use a tongue scraper. Flossing: Wind 18″ of floss around middle fingers. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving 1″-2″ length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth and index fingers for lower teeth.
A gum lift may be performed to create a more even gum line. Patients with a gummy smile can quickly and safely have unwanted tissue removed, thus exposing more tooth to shape a more attractive smile.
Often gum tissues around the necks of the teeth recede due to periodontal disease, genetically thin tissue, or aggressive oral hygiene. As a result of recession, tooth roots often become sensitive to cold. We can perform a variety of augmentation procedures which can cover sensitive or unaesthetic root exposures. In addition to improving aesthetics, tissue grafting procedures provide a thicker band of tissue around the necks of treated teeth which improves long-term prognosis.