How gum grafting from your Lexington, Massachusetts periodontist can help your smile
Your gums are a very important part of your smile. Along with the bone in your jaw, your gums help to anchor and protect your teeth. They provide a protective shield for the roots of your teeth, guarding them against exposure to sugars and acids which can cause tooth decay. The tiny fibers and ligaments in your gums provide your teeth with a strong attachment. Sometimes your gums might need a little extra help, which is where gum grafting comes in. Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas wants to share how gum grafting can help your smile.
The most common reason you might need gum grafting is for gum recession, a condition during which your gums have slipped down and exposed your tooth roots. Tooth roots don’t have hard enamel coverings like the crowns of your teeth. Roots are much softer and more prone to sensitivity and tooth decay.
Older people are more prone to gum recession and heredity also plays a part in receding gums. If you have gum or periodontal disease, one of the consequences of the disease is gum recession.
Other reasons for gum recession include:
- Rotated, twisted and poorly-aligned teeth
- Poor brushing technique and using a hard toothbrush
- Chronic, poor oral hygiene
- Chronic grinding or clenching your teeth
- Wearing poorly-fitting dental appliances
There are many reasons to consider gum grafting. Gum grafting has been shown to:
- Reduce tooth sensitivity due to exposed roots
- Reduce the possibility of root decay
- Restore gum tissue lost to disease
- Improve support and stability of your teeth
- Improve gum tissue health
- Improve the appearance of your smile
There are several types of gum grafting procedures. Dr. Rosen can help you decide which choice is best for you.
Gum grafting can be a great solution to enhance both the health and the appearance of your smile. For more information about gum grafting procedures and other periodontal services call Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas. Call (781) 862-4550 today!
In terms of periodontal health, the least invasive methods should be used first in treating your periodontal issues. Non-surgical periodontal treatment is used by Dr. David Rosen in order to treat gum disease in Lexington, MA. While it has been proven to be successful, in some severe cases surgery may be needed to restore your periodontal health.
About Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
There are a few stages of periodontal disease. The mildest is gingivitis that causes the gums to be swollen, red and to bleed. There is little to no discomfort at this stage of gum disease. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. The toxins that are produced by this bacteria irritate the gums leading to an infection. The gums will separate from the teeth forming pockets that become infected. As the disease continues to progress, the pockets will deepen and more gum tissue as well as bone is destroyed. The teeth can even become loose and may need to be removed.
As you can see, it is important to treat gum disease at all stages. The most common way to do so is with root planing and scaling, the careful cleaning of the root surfaces. It is done in order to remove tartar and plaque from deep pockets as well as to smooth the tooth root to remove toxins. It is sometimes followed up with antibiotics and antimicrobials, depending on the severity of the case. Typically, ongoing maintenance is done in order to sustain the patient’s health.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen in Lexington, MA to discuss treatment for your gum disease, call 781-862-4550 today.
Do you have gingivitis? If you do, you are not alone. Almost nine percent of American adults have this mild form of gum disease. Unfortunately, left untreated, gingivitis progresses to moderate and then severe periodontitis. An additional 40 percent of people in the United States suffer from it, says the American Academy of Periodontology. But, don't be unduly alarmed because your periodontist in Lexington, MA, Dr. David Rosen, is an expert in diagnosing and treating gum disease. He can detail the symptoms, causes and treatments of gingivitis so your oral and systemic health thrives.
Just What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation and infection of the gums primarily caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar. This biofilm forms from the food residues left on our teeth after meals and snacks. Both plaque and tartar harbor harmful oral bacteria which lead to symptoms of:
- Bleeding, especially while brushing and flossing
While you may not notice gum disease at its earliest stages, Dr. Rosen and his professional team can spot it on oral examination. That's why he asks his patients to see him for semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings. Dr. Rosen performs a simple diagnostic check called periodontal probing in which he uses a small tool to measure the depth of gum pockets. These spaces between gums and teeth should measure no deeper than three millimeters. Larger pockets collect plaque and tartar and are the perfect breeding ground for toxic bacteria.
Left untreated, gingivitis inevitably progresses to dangerous periodontitis. While heredity also plays a role in this progression, a weak immune system, smoking and a diet low in fruits and vegetables add to the problem.
What Can You Do about Gingivitis?
First of all, don't panic. Gingivitis is very treatable. You can halt its progression so the condition does not lead to tooth mobility or tooth loss.
Second, ask Dr. Rosen what you should do. Likely all you need is a thorough tooth scaling to remove plaque and tartar. Add routine cleanings every six months (or more frequently if your periodontist advises them) to keep your gums pink and intact.
Third, practice twice a day brushing and once a day flossing at home. Stay well-hydrated, and eat a balanced diet low in processed sugars and high in calcium and fiber. This kind of diet benefits your teeth and your waistline, too.
Fourth, know that you are in good hands. Dr. Rosen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He and his staff offer precise techniques such as gum grafting, root coverage and antibiotic therapy to heal more advanced forms of gum disease in his Lexington office.
Contact Our Practice
Dr. Rosen and his team are dedicated to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and bright. If it's time for your regular cleaning and check-up, please contact the office in Lexington, MA, today for an appointment. Call (781) 862-4550.
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Lexington, MA dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Lexington, MA Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Lexington, MA dentist to schedule an appointment.
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