The best way to combat gum disease daily is to floss between every tooth at least once a day. However, only about half of American adults floss at all, let alone every day. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, according to the American Dental Association, making the fight against this condition more important than ever. Do you know the warning signs of gum disease? Find out with Dr. Alexander Pritsky in Fresno, CA.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria from the mouth builds up underneath the gumline, eventually irritating and infecting the gum tissue. Bacteria from foods left to remain on the teeth harden into a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. These substances also cause cavities and are considered the beginning of teeth decay. For this reason, teeth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.
Do I have gum disease?
If you think you have gum disease, you should consult with your periodontist to find the best treatment plan for your situation. The symptoms of gum disease are often obvious, including:
- red, painful gums
- swollen gums
- bleeding gums
- gums which pull away from the teeth and form pockets
- loosened teeth
- painful or difficulty chewing
- sensitive teeth
- unexplained bad breath
Gum Disease Treatments in Fresno, CA
How well you care for your teeth daily directly correlates to how much plaque and tartar you have in your mouth. Brushing and flossing regularly removes bacteria from the teeth, stopping gum disease and teeth decay before it starts. Regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months give your dentist the chance to find and treat plaque and tartar before it begins to do damage to the tooth or gums. If left untreated, gum disease can cause serious discomfort and damage to the oral tissues.
Your answer to gum disease could be a simple phone call away. For more information on gum disease or its treatments, please contact Dr. Pritsky in Fresno, CA. Call (559) 298-3900 to schedule your appointment today!
Find out how this dental prosthetic could be improved through implants.
Are you dealing with tooth loss? Do you currently have dentures? Are you finding yourself a bit disappointed or unsatisfied with your dentures? Unfortunately, there are quite a few people who think dentures will function just like natural teeth and become a bit surprised when they deal with this oral prosthetic shifting and moving around during inopportune times. If this sounds like you, or Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Alexander Pritsky is here to tell you how dental implants could help solve this problem.
What are dental implants?
Implants are another way to replace one or more missing teeth. The main difference between this restoration and other tooth replacements is that this small metal post is actually the closest thing you can get to a natural tooth. Implants are made to work and even look just like natural teeth in ways that other artificial teeth just can’t.
The magic lies in how the implant itself works. Since the implant is meant to replace your missing tooth’s roots the first thing our Fresno, CA, implant dentist will do is drill a small hole into the jawbone to place the implant. This minor procedure only requires local anesthesia in order to numb the area prior to treatment and it can be performed right here in our office.
Of course, over the course of several months, the jawbone and tissue will begin to heal. When they do so they will naturally grow around the implant, making it a permanent structure within the jawbone. From there, this long-term implant can now support an artificial tooth such as a crown.
How do dental implants work with dentures?
Of course, if you are dealing with significant tooth loss then you may just assume that your only option is dentures. If you already have dentures you may find that they don’t fit as well as you would have hoped. Maybe they move around in your mouth when trying to talk or chew. Maybe you still can’t enjoy all of your favorite foods the way you had hoped. This is when it’s time to chat with us about dental implants.
Multiple implants can be placed throughout the jawbone to support partial or full dentures to stabilize and hold them in place so they don’t move around. Of course, you’ll still need to remove your dentures every night before bedtime, but by having implants to support them you’ll find that your dentures function and feel better than they did prior to getting implants.
Do you want to find out if dental implants could improve the fit and feel of your dentures? If so, then call Fresno Dental Implant Center. Our Fresno, CA, dental implant specialist Dr. Alexander Pritsky is here to improve your smile for the long term.
How your periodontist in Fresno can help your smile
When you think of periodontal services, do you think of gum and periodontal disease? It’s true that periodontists treat gum and periodontal disease, but they do a lot more than that. Your periodontist can help your smile in ways you never thought possible. Dr. Alexander Pritsky at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA wants to share the importance of periodontal services and how he can help you.
Periodontics treats periodontal disease and helps you regain the health of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. Periodontal treatment involves targeted deep cleaning of periodontal pocket areas in an effort to regain a strong attachment of the gums and bone to your teeth.
Treatment of periodontal disease can also involve surgery to replace lost bone by bone grafting. Surgery can also reposition gums to reduce or eliminate deep periodontal pockets, making your mouth far easier to clean and keep healthy.
Periodontics doesn’t just make your smile healthier. Periodontal services can give you an attractive smile too. Your periodontist is an expert at shaping and remodeling your gums to create a harmonious smile. For example:
If you have bulky, overgrown gum tissue, you may want to consider gingival resculpting, using a laser to trim away bulky gum tissue and enhance the contours of your gums.
If your gumline is uneven or covering up part of your beautiful teeth, you may want to consider gingival recontouring, surgically removing extra gum tissue that hides your teeth.
If your gums have receded and exposed part of the roots of your teeth, you may want to consider gum grafting, attaching a piece of tissue in place over your exposed tooth roots.
These are just a few of the procedures your periodontist can perform to make your smile healthier and more beautiful. To view amazing before-and-after photos of gingival recession treatment patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at https://www.fresnodentalimplantcenter.com/gingival-recessions.html
If your smile is suffering because of gum or bone problems, periodontics can help. For more information about periodontal services call Dr. Pritsky at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA. Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve, call today!
Has tooth loss changed your smile? Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile, improving your appearance. Our Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, discusses this popular restoration option.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as replacement roots for teeth you've lost. Placing the posts in your jawbone requires a minor oral surgical procedure. The implants will begin to bond to your bone after the procedure, ensuring that your implant doesn't wiggle when you chew.
You'll also need to replace the visible part of your tooth with a dental crown. Once your implant bonds to your jawbone fully, your new crown will be attached to the implant with a connector called an abutment. Your crown, abutment and implant will function as one unit, just like a natural tooth.
Will implants work for me?
Dental implants are an excellent choice for many people who experience tooth loss. Although they're often used to take the place of single teeth, implants can also replace multiple teeth. In fact, implant-supported dentures are a good choice if you've lost all of your teeth. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You want to improve your appearance.
- Eating has become more difficult since you've lost teeth.
- It's difficult to speak clearly due to tooth loss.
- You're concerned that your remaining teeth may shift due to your missing teeth.
- You're willing to brush and floss daily to prevent infections.
- Your jawbone is deep enough to support an implant.
Dental implants may still be possible if you have gum disease or poor jawbone depth. After you've been successfully treated for gum disease in our Fresno office, your implant procedure can begin. If jawbone depth is a problem, we may recommend a bone graft to build up your bone.
Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently alter your smile and your life. Dental implants offer a simple, long-lasting way to restore missing teeth. Call our Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Pritsky, at (559) 298-3900 to schedule an appointment.
Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile. Find out how to safeguard yourself.
Our Fresno, CA, periodontist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, is seeing more and more people with gum disease. Maybe you aren’t caring for your smile as well as you could or perhaps there are certain bad habits that could be leading to inflamed and unhappy gums. Whatever the case might be, we are here to provide a little insight into how to protect yourself from periodontal disease.
Brush Twice a Day
Sure, this may seem like a no-brainer but sometimes people forget to brush twice a day like they are supposed to. Maybe you had to rush to work and just didn’t have time to brush in the morning. Of course, you should make a point of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but ideally after all meals. When you brush, make sure you are giving yourself at least 2-3 minutes. And don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Don’t Forget to Floss
While brushing is a great way to remove plaque and food from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, your toothbrush won’t be able to remove plaque and food from between teeth or the gum line as effectively. This is where floss comes in. Just by flossing once a day you can keep plaque buildup down and keep your gums healthy.
While the over-the-counter mouthwash may only mask bad breath, if you are prone to gum inflammation or plaque buildup then you may want to talk to your dentist about whether or not your smile could benefit from a therapeutic mouthwash. Instead of just hiding bad breath and other issues, therapeutic mouthwash will actually target the problem and improve your oral health.
Tobacco can really wreak havoc on your oral health, from causing nasty bad breath to increasing your chances of oral cancer. Of course, tobacco use can also greatly increase your risk for gum disease. In fact, smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for this chronic disease. If you want to protect your oral health then it’s time to talk to our Fresno dental implant dentist about ways to ditch the habit and keep it off.
Have questions about maintaining healthy gums? Need to schedule your next routine checkup? Our Fresno, CA, periodontal office has you covered. Whether you suspect that you have gum disease or not, you should still come in for regular dental care.
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