What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a gum disease caused by bacteria building up underneath the gums in what are called “pockets”. In early stages, a person’s gums will appear red and swollen. As the bacteria makes its way deeper into the pockets, a person’s gums will start to pull away from the tooth, causing many problems, including teeth to become loose, as well as irreversible bone loss.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Try any OTC sensitivity toothpaste. We also recommend using an electric toothbrush, and making sure patients aren’t brushing aggressively. If you are still having sensitivity issues, talk to your hygienist about our prescription Prevident sensitivity toothpaste.
How does pregnancy affect my teeth and gums?
Due to the increase in hormones associated with pregnancy, it is common to develop what is known as pregnancy gingivitis. The increase in hormones causes bacteria to flourish in the oral cavity, and your body’s response to these toxins could present as increased sensitivity, as well as red and swollen, bleeding gums.
What is Endo Therapy (root canals)?
Endodontic therapy, better known as root canals, is a treatment option recommended when there is an infection of the pulp of the tooth. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed and the area in the tooth is carefully cleaned, disinfected, and refilled with a new material.
Why do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?
If a patient has undergone any joint replacements or some heart surgeries, we may require the patient to take an antibiotic premedication before the dental appointment. Taking a pre-med ensures that no bacteria introduced from the dental procedure makes its way to other parts of the body. This one dose antibiotic can be prescribed by either our office or your primary care physician.