Periodontics

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Local Delivery Antibiotics

Local delivery antibiotics are antibiotic medications that are strategically placed in the periodontal pockets to deliver a specific dose of medication over a set period of time. There are various forms of local delivery antibiotics can come in, such as chips, fibers, polymers, and trays. When treating periodontal disease, dentists look to accomplish three things. […]

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Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is a specialized type of teeth cleaning that works to address the needs of patients with previous cases of periodontitis. Although periodontal maintenance is similar to teeth cleaning, there is one main difference. During prophylaxis, or teeth cleaning, plaque is only removed from above the gum line. In patients with previous instances of […]

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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a very common infection of the periodontal tissues (gums and bone) that are responsible for supporting the teeth. These infections are caused by bacteria that grow on the teeth near the gum line due. Periodontal disease is known as gingivitis during its earliest stages, which is typically characterized by a sore, swollen […]

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Gum Surgery

Periodontists treat their patients with the most conservative measures possible, but sometimes surgery is necessary to facilitate oral health and aesthetics. Some of the reasons your periodontist may recommend gum surgery include: To restore gum tissues lost to periodontal disease. Also known as guided tissue regeneration, this procedure is often combined with bone grafting to […]

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Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

Periodontal scaling and root planing are procedures used to treat periodontal disease. Thought of by many as a ‘deep cleaning’, this in-office procedure involves the careful removal of hardened plaque near the gum line, where harmful bacteria can grow and cause damage to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. The treatment starts […]

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What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who has undergone additional specialty training beyond dental school pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases. While general dentists often treat the mildest cases of periodontal disease, most patients with moderate to advanced gum disease are referred to periodontists. A periodontist can carry out complex periodontal treatments […]

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How to Brush Your Teeth

How to Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is probably a standard part of your daily routine, but chances are you aren’t following the American Dental Association’s guidelines for cleaning your teeth properly. The ADA currently recommends that you brush your teeth at minimum of two times each day – preferably morning and night or anytime you eat foods that […]

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Electric Brush vs. Manual Brushes

Electric Brush vs. Manual Brushes

Preventative dentistry is about more than just visiting your dentist twice yearly for an exam and thorough cleaning. In fact, the majority of your preventative care is done at-home as a part of your normal hygienic routine. Many residents use manual toothbrushes to remove debris and plaque from their teeth. However, electric brushes have become […]

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How to Floss Your Teeth

How to Floss Your Teeth

Flossing is an important part of an oral hygiene routine, but research suggests that fewer than half of Americans do so daily. Flossing is simple and only takes an extra couple of minutes per day. Developing a healthy habit of flossing can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it may allow you to keep […]

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