Posts for tag: Periodontics
Not everyone with gum disease will require surgery. Discover your options!
You’ve just been diagnosed with gum disease. This can be a rather confusing time. After all, you want to do whatever you can to manage your symptoms and improve the health and appearance of your gums but you aren’t exactly sure how to do it. That’s where our Tampa, FL, periodontists, Dr. Maria Torres and Dr. Alberto Ruiz, can help.
For those with more mild to moderate forms of gum disease, you are in luck. Our Tampa gum disease doctors may be able to treat your condition without surgery. A simple procedure known as scaling and root planing may be all that’s needed to treat your issues and improve the health of your gums.
During scaling and root planing, we are able to clean under the gumline and the roots to remove tartar and plaque buildup. We are also able to smooth down the roots of your teeth to make it a less hospitable environment for bacteria to thrive and grow.
Scaling and root planing are performed under local anesthesia, so the areas we treat will be thoroughly numbed for a completely painless procedure. Sometimes this treatment can be completed in a single visit or we will need to treat a quarter of your mouth at a time. It’s not unusual for gums to be a bit tender after this treatment; however, if you continue to maintain good oral hygiene (meaning that you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day) you will soon notice that your gums will become healthy and pink once more. After scaling and root planing some patients don’t need further treatment, but in many cases you will require some form of maintenance therapy to keep gums feeling and looking their best.
If you want to find out whether non-surgical periodontal therapy is the right way to treat your gum issues, then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Endodontics & Periodontics Associates of Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL. Call us today!
A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.
We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?
Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.
When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?
In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.
So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.
If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”