young girl with tooth pain at dentist

Why It is Important to Get Hopeless Teeth Extracted Before They Hurt

How do you know when you have a bad tooth? If you’ve ever had a toothache from a cavity or an infected tooth, you won’t soon forget it. But sometimes a tooth can be bad without causing you any pain. Sometimes you won’t feel it because the nerve is dead inside the tooth. Once a tooth is that far gone, …

Photograph of a woman with red lipstick thinking about something. She has long hair, standing in front of a red background.

Are Dental Implants Covered By Dental Insurance?

Dental implants have a reputation as being an expensive procedure. While the results should last you much longer than other restorative dental procedures, there are higher upfront costs. If you have dental insurance, you may wonder whether your insurance plan will cover dental implants. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straight forward. It depends on a number of different factors. A decade …

Close up photograph of a woman with long brown hair, smiling while wearing a white hat. Trees can be seen in the background.

Different Types of Gingival Grafting

Gingival Grafting, also called gum grafting, is a procedure used to thicken your gingiva and, in some cases, to cover recession under your teeth. This procedure is used for a variety of reasons including reinforcing your gums and teeth and for patients that have sensitivity due to recession. There are several procedures that fall under the Gingival Grafting umbrella and …

Woman with short brown curly hair smiling at a doctor holding a clipboard in an office setting.

Dental Implant Pain and Recovery: What to Expect

Getting a dental implant can be a big relief for dental health problems, but there will be some discomfort along the way. The surgery requires significant time to heal, and you’ll need a reliable way to manage the pain while you recover. Here is what you can expect during your dental implant recovery. There will be some discomfort after having …

Close up photograph of a woman with long, straight brown hair with both her hands up as if she was weighing out her options.

Dental Implant Alternatives: Know Your Options

Repairing and maintaining your teeth is often the best option for your dental health. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. If a dental implant is the chosen method of improving your dental health, then it is important to get the procedure done. However, there are other options besides dental implants that can help you improve your dental health if you …

Happy woman with short, dark hair smiling outdoors while the sun shines in the background.

A Step by Step Guide to Dental Implants

Dental implants can be a relief for anyone that has a damaged, broken, or missing tooth that needs to be replaced. Implants are put in every day, and a skilled dental surgeon can make the process much easier. If you need a dental implant, then knowing more about the process can help you prepare for it. Here is a step …

Why Dentistry Is Like an Iceberg

Why Dentistry Is Like an Iceberg

Oral health is more complex than it may seem. That’s because your tooth structure actually resembles an iceberg. What you see when you smile in the mirror is only the top portion of the structure. General dentists work above the water line—on the visible portion of your teeth above the gums. Periodontists are responsible for the areas below the water …

dentist cleaning visit

The Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing

Plaque buildup is a common problem that many dentists treat. That is why you get a thorough cleaning nearly every time you go to the dentist. Specialized tools can remove the plaque more effectively. However, there are some cases where plaque buildup may require special methods to treat.  These methods are referred to as “Scaling and Root Planing” or sometimes …

Scaling and Root Planing: What to Expect

Scaling and Root Planing: What to Expect

If you have missed a few dental cleaning appointments, or if you are predisposed to gum disease, you may need a special deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. Although it sounds ominous, this procedure is common and relatively simple. Scaling uses specialized tools to clean out plaque and tartar from beneath the gums. Root planing cleans and …

Indications for Gingival Grafting

Indications for Gingival Grafting

Periodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the hard and soft tissues that support teeth. Here at Holzinger Periodontics & Dental Implants, we know that gingival grafting can be a beneficial way to improve periodontal health. Gingival grafting, also called connective tissue or gum grafting, is a procedure done to reverse and/or combat future gum recession (the pulling away …