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23Jun

The same harmful oral bacteria that cause cavities can, over time, infect oral tissues as well. These infections are classified as either gum disease or periodontal disease, depending on the severity of the infection. Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale dentists

The Basics of Gum Disease

When bacteria are able to infiltrate your oral tissues, the resulting infection is referred to as gum disease. If gum disease is left unchecked, it will intensify into periodontal disease. Both early-stage gum disease and periodontal disease can create unwanted symptoms like bad breath, sore gum tissue, and bleeding gums.

Related Dental Damage

If you are dealing with gum disease, then the harmful oral bacteria in your mouth are already starting to undermine the health of your smile. Gum disease can spread to the connective tissues that keep your teeth in place, and even to your jawbone tissue. Once the infection spreads, you may find that your teeth feel somewhat loose and are shifting along your gumline. In serious cases, gum disease results in tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. That is why it is so important to treat gum disease as promptly as possible

Improve Oral Hygiene For Gum Health

The primary thing that we need to do in order to treat gum disease is to minimize oral bacteria. The process begins with a through professional cleaning so that our team can clean plaque and tartar from your smile. Our Glendale dentists may also recommend that you tweak your at-home oral hygiene routine to maximize its efficacy; using a Waterpik or incorporating a mouth rinse into your daily schedule, can make a big difference.

If you are dealing with a severe, entrenched infection, our team will remove the diseased tissue in order to give your mouth a chance to heal. You may also benefit from gum grafts to build-up lost tissue.

No matter what kind of shape your smile is in today, we can help you maintain oral health for years to come!

09Jun

As your teeth age, you may notice some differences in the way that your smile look and the way it feels. Many people, for example, find that their teeth are more sensitive than they used to be. Unfortunately, this can keep sensitivity sufferers from eating and drinking their favorite things, and from effectively cleaning their smiles.

What causes dental sensitivity?

There are a couple of key issues that can result in you experiencing discomfort when you eat, drink, or clean your smile. If your enamel has become thin, irritants will be able to reach the tooth layer under your enamel, which is called dentin. Another cause of sensitivity is receding gum tissue. This occurs primarily when gum tissue is infected. As the tissue pulls away from the enamel, there are “pockets” formed that may leave your sensitive tooth roots too exposed. Finally, if you have any existing dental decay, this can serve as a kind of super highway to the dentin or the dental pulp.

How can I minimize sensitivity?

There are a few ways of attacking chronic sensitivity. The number one thing to do is to treat any existing infections that may potentially cause more problems down the road. After that, there are toothpastes and mouth rinses that can help to desensitize the nerves in your teeth. Our Glendale dental team can also build up diminished enamel using treatments like dental bonding and restorations.

What happens when this issue is left untreated?

Generally speaking, dental sensitivity doesn’t just resolve on its own. Sensitivity is usually a sign of degrading enamel or gum tissue, both of which need to remain healthy in order to maintain your oral health. As your smile continues to break down, you’ll notice increased instances of dental damage, like chips and cracks, as well as cavities.

Dental sensitivity is never fun, but the good news is that you don’t have to live with forever. If you are dealing with discomfort or sensitivity, our Glendale dentists are here to help you minimize sensitivity and protect your oral health. Call our team to get started with a personal consultation!

26May

Modern dental patients have access to more restorative and tooth replacement treatments than ever before. Our Glendale dentists are here to help you learn about your options, and, ultimately, choose the type of replacement tooth that works for you.

Tooth loss can occur a number of reasons, including:

  • Accident or trauma

Vehicular and sporting accidents can both cause sudden tooth loss. That is why it is so important that you wear any recommended protective mouth guards while playing contact sports.

  • Periodontal disease

Infected gum tissue can become so severe that it starts to deteriorate the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place.

  • Jawbone deterioration

Tooth and gum infections can even spread to the patient’s jawbone. As the tissue wears away, the sockets that hold your tooth root become weak.

Tooth replacement options, generally speaking, fall into one of two categories:

  • Sit on top of the tissue

Traditional tooth replacement treatments are removable and they are designed to sit on the gums. Bridges, for example, are placed on top of the gums and then held in place with brackets that attach to adjacent teeth. An upper or lower denture replaces a full complement of missing teeth. Your stays in place because the base of the denture is molded to fit your gum tissue, specifically. Sometimes patients use dental adhesives to achieve a better fit.

  • Permanently embedded in the jawbone

Thanks to the advent of dental implant technology, our dental team is able to replace the tooth root in addition to the visible crown. A small titanium screw that extends into your jawbone will be the replacement root. Then, we attach your restoration, which is shaded, shaped, and sized to look natural for you. Excitingly, implant screws can also be used in conjunction with dentures, to make them permanent.

It is crucial that you seek prompt treatment for tooth loss; doing so will greatly decrease your likelihood of developing secondary oral health problems. Give our Glendale dental implant dentists a call to schedule a personal consultation!