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Posts for: April, 2016

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC
April 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

When it comes to our teeth, we tend to focus almost exclusively on how they look. Sure, most people understand that gum disease is a serious problem, but if they're honest, most people are also likely to admit that the cosmetic aspects of their smile, such as tooth color Bone Graftingand shape, tend to take precedence over the gums, let alone the tissue living underneath the gums. But like any structure in the body, the bone matter that supports our teeth below the gum line is the foundation of our overall oral health. Seemingly insignificant lifestyle habits like consuming too much sugar or “forgetting” to floss every day, as well as uncontrollable factors like dental trauma and accidents can affect the bone structures in the jaw that support the teeth.

What is Periodontal Bone Grafting?

Once a tooth is lost, the bone structure that keeps the root in place under the gums begins to erode. Tooth replacement options like dental implants, which are a more permanent alternative to dentures and dental bridges, require sufficient bone density in order to work. Oral bone grafting works the same way as grafts to other parts of the body. Compatible material from either a donor, synthetics, or the patient is used to fill in for the missing tissue. At Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC, the procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia.

There are four types of grafts:

  • Synthetic material (Alloplast)
  • Bovine material (Xenograft)
  • Material from the patient's own body (Autograft)
  • Material from a deceased donor (Allograft)

It is a minor dental surgery, and once the graft has been added, the body begins to produce healthy new bone tissue that eventually replaces the graft.

Dental Bone Grafting in Lawrenceville

Problems below the gum line can be hard to detect without a professional dental exam. Some defects can go undetected for months or even years, increasing the risk for tooth decay, loss of healthy bone tissue, and other potentially serious health complications in the future. For more information on preventing periodontal disease and maintaining your oral health, or to learn more about whether a bone graft is right for you, contact Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC at (609) 896-0700 to schedule an appointment today.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
April 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
April 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Although techniques for treating periodontal (gum) disease can vary, they all boil down to one objective: remove the bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that cause the infection. The initial treatment usually involves two techniques known as scaling and root planing.

Scaling uses hand instruments, ultrasonic equipment or a combination of both to manually remove plaque and calculus from the tooth and root surfaces. Root planing takes it a step further by minutely “shaving” infected material from the root surfaces. While more invasive techniques (including surgery) may be needed, scaling and root planing are the first line of treatment for any recent diagnosis of gum disease.

In recent years, an adaptation to these treatments has emerged using the Nd: YAG laser. The laser uses a particular crystal that’s adaptable for many different types of surgery. In the case of gum disease, it’s been found as effective as traditional methods for removing the infected linings of periodontal pockets. Voids created by detaching gum tissues as bone loss occurs, enlarge the small natural gap between the teeth and gums, which fill with pus and other infected matter. Removing the diseased lining from these pockets reduces bacteria below the gum line and speeds healing.

Periodontal laser therapy may have one advantage over traditional treatments: less tissue damage and swelling, and hence reduced post-treatment discomfort. While some research seems to confirm this, more controlled studies are needed to render a verdict on this claim.

Regardless of whether you undergo traditional scaling and root planing or a laser alternative, the aim is the same — to bring the disease under control by removing plaque and calculus and reestablishing good daily oral hygiene practices. Stopping gum disease as soon as possible will help ensure you’ll have healthy teeth and gums for a long time.

If you would like more information on treatments for periodontal (gum) disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Lasers versus Traditional Cleanings for Treating Gum Disease.”

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Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
133 Franklin Corner Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 896-0700

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