Success with LANAP

In the past, patients who had gum disease that progressed to periodontitis may have faced a traditional surgical procedure involving scalpels and sutures. While that intervention typically was effective, it also required a certain recovery period and sometimes resulted in post-operative pain. Now, a laser periodontist can offer a better alternative. A procedure known as…

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What are “periodontal pockets”?

As one of the biggest threats to oral health, untreated gum (periodontal) disease is capable of destroying soft tissues and bone in its advanced stages. This oral condition is also the chief cause of permanent tooth loss. Gum disease is quite common, too. Research indicates that about 80% of the adult population in the United…

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What is Bone Resorption?

Tooth loss has far-reaching effects on a patient’s oral health. In addition to a lack of confidence in one’s smile and the difficulty that tooth loss presents with speaking and eating, missing one or more teeth has negative effects on the entire oral health system, far beyond what’s visible to the naked eye. One of…

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Will I Need Recovery Time if I Use Sedation During My Dental Procedure?

Sedation dentistry is becoming a popular service for patients that feel anxiety about going to the dentist; have difficulty sitting or reclining for extended periods; patients suffering from any disability that makes going the dentist a hardship … for many circumstances the availability of sedation allows patients to maintain dental health. Patients afflicted with gum…

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Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can have a major impact on your life, affecting what you eat and other aspects of your daily routine. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including gum disease. As periodontal disease progresses, it leads to gum recession, in which the gum tissue shrinks and exposes the roots. The teeth’s…

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How Menopause Affects Your Oral Health

Menopause can be associated with numerous symptoms—hot flashes, night sweats and excessive irritability, to name a few. Many women don’t recognize, however, that the hormonal upheaval of menopause can also do a number on your oral health. For example, there appears to be a link between hormonal changes in women and periodontal disease. The hormones…

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Aesthetic Dental Transformations

In addition to treating periodontal conditions such as gum disease, did you know that your periodontist can improve and enhance the appearance of your smile with cosmetic procedures and dental surgery? Using a variety of tools and techniques, including soft tissue lasers, your periodontist can remove excessive gingival tissue, contour the shape of soft oral…

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