When is Gum Surgery Necessary?

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Periodontal disease is a systemic infection that can destroy the structures that protect and support the teeth. Without treatment, tooth and bone loss can occur. Our dentist in Houston may recommend surgery to control gum disease and restore health to your smile.

Gum surgery is typically used to treat moderate to severe problems and irritation to the gums. The early stages of gum disease occur when bacteria irritate gum tissue, and the body responds with inflammation designed to destroy the bacteria. If the infection is not controlled, the inflammation becomes chronic, and this inflammatory response leads to gum and bone tissue damage. The gum tissue becomes detached from the teeth, and bone is destroyed.

You might be a candidate for surgery if you have deep periodontal pockets that make it impossible for you to brush your teeth effectively or you are at risk of losing your teeth due to bone and gum loss. Our dentist can use pocket reduction surgery, regenerative procedures or grafts to improve or restore periodontal health. Most periodontal surgical procedures are performed in conjunction with conservative therapies, such as scaling and root planning and periodontal maintenance. Call our office today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

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What is Osteoperforation?

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One of the many services our dentist in Houston offers is osteoperforation. This falls into the category of orthodontics, and so can be used in conjunction with traditional braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. These appliances are used to straighten the teeth, correct spacing, and fix bite irregularities. Osteoperforation can help speed up the orthodontic process.

Process of osteoperforation

This treatment works by stimulating bone remodeling. The teeth are held in place by both bone and ligaments, which are very stable and difficult to manipulate. Braces and other orthodontic appliances move these elements slowly over time – as long as two years. Our dentist can speed up this process by making tiny holes in the gums and jaw bone. This releases cytokines, which make the bones and ligaments move faster. The specific method our dentist uses to perform them is called Propel.

Candidates for Propel

We find that four out of five patients qualify for Propel. Osteoperforation is not strictly reserved for those whose orthodontic needs are complex. In fact, those whose treatments are expected to take longer due to severe complications are exactly the patients who should opt for Propel. For a better idea of how this treatment could work for you, talk to our dentist today.

How to Prevent Decay

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Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems, but it is usually preventable. By combining a tooth-friendly diet, good oral hygiene, and regular check-ups, you can prevent many cavities. Here is an overview of these preventive techniques.

 

Anti-Cavity Diet

Foods and drinks that are very sugary are best limited or avoided if you want to avoid cavities. Very starchy items, such as rice and potatoes, should be rinsed out of the mouth after meals to help minimize plaque. It is also important to eat mineral-rich foods that support strong teeth.

 

Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing should both be done every day. Generally, brushing should be done with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice per day, the best time being about thirty minutes after meals. Flossing, which is essential for clearing plaque out from between the teeth, can be performed using waxed or non-waxed floss.

 

Check-Ups

Routine visits with Houston dentist, Dr. Nazari, support cavity prevention in multiple ways. The professional cleanings help keep teeth clear of plaque and tartar, which can drive tooth decay. Examination of the teeth and gums can spot early cavities, allowing for prompt treatment. Our dentist can also identify cavity risk factors, such as poor oral hygiene, allowing for more personalized oral hygiene recommendations.

What is a Deep Cleaning?

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When you brush your teeth, do you pay any attention to your gums? Some features of the gums may seem normal to you, but can actually be signs of gum disease. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, and can develop into periodontitis if not treated properly. Our cosmetic dentist in Houston employs several treatments and procedures to eliminate gum disease.

The first step advised when signs of gingivitis appear is rigorous preventive care. This includes a routine cleaning, as well as attentive brushing and flossing at home. If this is not effective and the conditions worsen, a deep cleaning is recommended next.

A deep cleaning is also referred to as a scaling and root planing. Our dentist will use a sharp tool to remove plaque from just above and just below the gum line. This should significantly reduce the periodontal pockets that have developed due to accumulated plaque and tartar.

Many patients see successful results after a deep cleaning. If inflammation progresses and the scaling and root planing does not work, there are several other tactics our dentist can try, such as pocket reduction. If you believe you are showing signs of gum disease, take the first step and call our dentist to schedule an appointment today.

Tips for Using Mouth Guards

0265.jpgAccording to the American Dental Association, approximately ninety-five percent of Americans deal with bruxism at one point in their lives. Bruxism is the habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth, typically occurring during sleep. Mouth guards are the first line of defense against bruxism, but can be distracting and cumbersome. The following are some tips from our dentists in Houston about how to make wearing mouth guards at night easier.

• Talk to our expert in mouth guards in Houston about using a thin material for your guard, such as Invisalign. This will mean less space is taken up in the mouth and there won’t be as much foreign material to get used to. After some time, you will get more accustomed to the device, and can move on to a thicker material.

• See if you can have both an upper and lower mouth guard made. This way you can try both and see which one is more comfortable for you, or switch off between the two as desired.

• Many individuals fall asleep in five minutes. Keeping this in mind, be sure to put on your guard just before you go to sleep so you won’t have as much time to think about it.

• Try it every night for thirty nights. After this amount of time, wearing it will likely become a habit. It is impossible to get used to anything when only doing it every once an while, so aim for consistency.

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