Gum or periodontal disease is a serious condition that affects many dental patients. The actual disease infects the tissue that helps to hold your teeth securely in the proper position. Advanced stages of gum disease can lead to tissue inflammation, bleeding, soreness, pain while chewing, and tooth loss. It is important to intervene in these situations to avoid serious consequences. The earlier that you catch the disease, the more easily it can be treated. We have compiled a list of some common signs that you have advanced gum disease below, but it is also important to understand what gum disease is. If you believe that you have gum disease, schedule an appointment with our dentist today.
Many patients experience some level of anxiety about visits to medical professionals, especially dentists. This may be tied to our perception of dentists that is fueled through movies and negative stigmas associated everywhere. While dentistry does not resemble anything from the Wild West, our fears can persist. Fortunately, there are several options that patients can utilize depending on their level of anxiety about an upcoming dental visit.
If you have a tooth that is so severely decayed that it is beyond what a regular cavity filling can repair or has been so severely damaged that it needs to be held together, our dentist will probably recommend that you have a dental crown. This is a tooth-shaped ‘hat’ that sits over the top of the affected tooth, covering it entirely so that it is protected inside the artificial structure. The crown looks, feels and acts just like a regular tooth and so your smile and the function of your teeth will be fully restored.
If in-office teeth whitening is beyond your budget, there is a fantastic alternative. An increasing number of dentists are now offering take-home teeth whitening trays and gels. These offer patients all of the benefits of professional-grade bleaching agents and tools, but since you undertake the application yourself at home, these come at less cost.
We all want to keep our natural teeth as long as possible. However, studies show that tooth loss is virtually inevitable as we age. By 50 years old, the average American has already lost 12 teeth, and more are almost certainly on their way out. Diets high in sugar, poor brushing techniques, bruxism and other problems can all attribute to tooth loss.