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What Gum Grafting Can Do for You
When your gums pull away from your teeth, it's called gum recession. A number of things can contribute to gum recession, including gum disease and aggressive brushing. Gum grafting is a breakthrough in the treatment of gum recession. Dr. Jose Arauz is your Jacksonville, NC, dentist for the treatment of gum recession. Read on to find out what gum grafting can do for you.
Improve Your Smile- Over time, exposed tooth roots can look unsightly. Gum grafting can improve the appearance of your smile while rendering gum recession a thing of the past! Gum grafting can be performed on one or more teeth to augment gum tissue and make your gumline appear even. Gum grafting has made such a difference in the lives of many people.
Protect Root Decay- Gum grafting can protect exposed tooth roots from dental decay. The roots of the teeth don't have the protective, hard enamel that covers the rest of the teeth so they're more vulnerable to decay. It can be difficult for dental practitioners to treat cavities on the roots of teeth. This type of cavity can spread to the inside of the teeth where the nerves are, causing infection and painful toothaches.
Reduce Sensitivity- Do your teeth twinge when you drink or eat? Tooth sensitivity is a common problem. When the tooth roots become exposed, cold and hot temperatures can cause extreme sensitivity to the teeth. Worn tooth enamel can also cause tooth sensitivity. Gum grafting can reduce tooth sensitivity, especially to cold and hot foods and beverages.
Prevent Health Issues- Gum recession starts out as cosmetic in nature, but it can lead to serious health problems if not addressed. Receding gums don't grow back. Without treatment, the supporting tissue and bone around your teeth can be severely damaged and result in loss of teeth. Gum grafting can help stop the process of gum recession and jawbone loss, preventing further problems.
Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Call Dr. Jose Arauz at 910-600-6171 today to schedule a dental consultation in Jacksonville, NC. Whether you have gum graft surgery to improve esthetics or function, you will receive the benefits of both: improved periodontal health and a beautiful new smile – your keys to eating, smiling and speaking with confidence.
Your risk for periodontal (gum) disease increases if you’re not brushing or flossing effectively. You can also have a higher risk if you’ve inherited thinner gum tissues from your parents. But there’s one other risk factor for gum disease that’s just as significant: if you have a smoking habit.
According to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a little more than sixty percent of smokers develop gum disease in their lifetime at double the risk of non-smokers. And it’s not just cigarettes—any form of tobacco use (including smokeless) or even e-cigarettes increases the risk for gum disease.
Smoking alters the oral environment to make it friendlier for disease-causing bacteria. Some chemicals released in tobacco can damage gum tissues, which can cause them to gradually detach from the teeth. This can lead to tooth loss, which smokers are three times more likely to experience than non-smokers.
Smoking may also hide the early signs of gum disease like red, swollen or bleeding gums. But because the nicotine in tobacco restricts the blood supply to gum tissue, the gums of a smoker with gum disease may look healthy. But it’s a camouflage, which could delay prompt treatment that could prevent further damage.
Finally because tobacco can inhibit the body’s production of antibodies to fight infection, smoking may slow the healing process after gum disease treatment. This also means tobacco users have a higher risk of a repeat infection, something known as refractory periodontitis. This can create a cycle of treatment and re-infection that can significantly increase dental care costs.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can substantially lower your risk of gum disease and its complications by quitting any kind of tobacco habit. As it leaves your system, your body will respond much quicker to heal itself. And quitting will definitely increase your chances of preventing gum disease in the first place.
Quitting, though, can be difficult, so it’s best not to go it alone. Talk with your doctor about ways to kick the habit; you may also benefit from the encouragement of family and friends, as well as support groups of others trying to quit too. To learn more about quitting tobacco visit www.smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
If you would like more information on how smoking can affect your oral health, 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 “Smoking and Gum Disease.”
In the quest for the ideal diet, people often stress over one particular food group: carbohydrates. And for good reason—some carbohydrates have been linked to chronic inflammation, a contributing factor in many diseases. One such condition in particular, periodontal (gum) disease, could permanently damage your dental health.
But before you throw all the carbs out of your diet, let’s take a closer look at them. Not all carbs are the same or contribute to inflammation to the same degree.
Carbohydrates are organic compounds existing in living tissues. In foods, the most prevalent of these are sugars and starches that break down during digestion into the simple sugar glucose, which the cells in an organism use for energy.
But not all carb-based foods digest at the same rate, measured along a scale called the glycemic index. High glycemic foods like sugar, baked goods or potatoes digest quickly and can rapidly increase the glucose levels in the blood (blood sugar). This sudden glucose spike then triggers an insulin surge from the pancreas to restore the level to normal. This process in turn can cause inflammation.
On the other end of the glycemic index are complex or unrefined carbohydrates that digest much more slowly, and don’t quickly elevate blood sugar like simple carbs. In fact, nutritional studies consistently show carbohydrates in most vegetables, greens, beans or whole grains may actually decrease inflammation.
Inflammation is also a primary factor in gum disease, caused by a bacterial infection in the gums. Chronic inflammation damages the gums’ attachment with the teeth and can contribute to eventual tooth loss. And if your body already has an overactive inflammatory response due to your diet, you could be even more susceptible to gum disease.
A change in your diet in relation to carbs could help reduce this risk. Eat less sugar, white flour, rice and potatoes and more complex carbs like fresh vegetables and fruits. For even more protection include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (like certain fish and nuts) and less Omega 6 foods (fried food or pastries, or chips, for example). And don’t forget your antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Eating fewer simple carbs and more complex carbs will help reduce inflammation in the body. And that’s a good thing for your gums.
If you would like more information on how diet affects dental health, 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 “Carbohydrates Linked to Gum Disease.”
It’s been a long road back to oral health for you after periodontal (gum) disease. But after several plaque removal sessions and perhaps even surgical procedures to address deep infection, your gums have regained their healthy pink appearance.
But now you must face a hard reality: because you’ve had gum disease you’ll need to be extra vigilant with your oral hygiene to avoid another round with this destructive disease. But don’t worry—you won’t have to fight your prevention battle alone. We’ll continue to provide you care that reduces your risk of re-infection. We call that care periodontal maintenance (PM).
The heart of PM care involves regular dental visits for monitoring, cleanings and treatment when necessary. While most patients may visit their dentist at least twice a year, as a previous gum disease patient we may advise more frequent visits, especially if you’ve just finished periodontal treatment. Depending on the extent of your disease, we may begin with a visit every other week or once every two to three months. If your mouth continues to be disease-free we may suggest increasing the time between visits.
During your visit we’ll carefully examine your mouth, as well as screen you for any signs of potential oral cancer. We’re looking for both signs of re-infection or new issues with your teeth and gums. We’ll also assess the effectiveness of your oral hygiene efforts and advise you on ways you can improve.
If we find any signs of disease, we’ll then formulate a treatment plan to effectively deal with it. With frequent visits we have a better chance of discovering re-infection early—and the earlier the better to minimize any further damage. We may also need to take steps to make future PM care easier. This could include gum surgery to alter the tissues around certain teeth for easier access for examination and cleaning.
Our main focus with PM care is to look ahead: what can we do now to prevent a future bout of gum disease or at least lessen its effect? With continued monitoring and care we can drastically reduce your risk for further damage from this destructive disease.
If you would like more information on post-gum disease maintenance, 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 “Periodontal Cleanings.”
If your gums are starting to recede find out what might be going on.
Have you suddenly noticed that your teeth are starting to look longer and that your gums have started to pull away from your teeth? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on and whether this warrants a trip to visit our Jacksonville, NC, general dentist, Dr. Jose Arauz. We are here to tell you why you might want to pick up the phone and give us a call if you notice these changes in your gums.
So, what exactly do receding gums actually mean? Well, it could be warning you that you have gum disease, a chronic bacterial infection that can kill healthy gum tissue and even go as far as to cause tooth and bone loss.
If you are noticing receding gums then you could be dealing with gum disease. If this is the case it’s important that you visit our Jacksonville dentist right away for treatment.
How will my dentist treat my gum recession?
If you have only minimal gum recession then coming in for a professional deep cleaning may be all you need to get your gums back on track and healthy again. During this cleaning, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, gum line and even tooth roots.
If you are dealing with severe gum recession then we may need to perform gum grafting surgery to improve the shape and contour of your gums. Remember, the sooner you seek treatment the better. When in doubt about your oral health, give us a call and ask. Your mouth will thank you.
If you notice any changes to your gums, it’s important that you get the issue checked out right away. And if you are dealing with tooth loss, it’s time to call our Jacksonville, NC, dental implant specialist right away for a consultation.