How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned

How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?

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Professional teeth cleanings are key to maintaining your oral health. A thorough cleaning by a dentist or periodontist removes plaque from your teeth, reducing your risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.  How often should you get your teeth cleaned? Here’s what dentists and dental specialists recommend for a teeth cleaning schedule.  Teeth Cleaning for the Average Patient  Most …

What Is A Dry Socket After A Tooth Extraction?

What Is A Dry Socket After A Tooth Extraction?

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If you’ve ever had a tooth extracted, you were probably told not to drink from a straw after the procedure. Why is this an important instruction? The goal is to prevent dry socket, a condition that can occur after a tooth extraction. There are other ways to prevent it as well. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and what to …

How Do You Treat Gingivitis

How Do You Treat Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal (gum) disease. It is characterized by red, swollen, and sometimes bleeding gums. If you have any of the signs of gingivitis, prompt treatment can prevent it from progressing to periodontal disease.  How do you treat gingivitis? With the help of a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treatment of the gums, the progression …

How Long Does The Crown Lengthening Procedure Take?

How Long Does The Crown Lengthening Procedure Take?

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Crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue in order to expose more of the tooth structure. The procedure can be done on one or multiple teeth, depending on the goal.  If you’re considering crown lengthening, you may be wondering how long it takes. Here’s what to expect from your crown lengthening procedure.  What is Crown Lengthening?  During a crown …

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What Alternatives Are There for Crown Lengthening?

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Crown lengthening is a procedure used to remove periodontal (gum) tissue in order to expose more of the crown portion of a tooth. This may be done for cosmetic reasons to correct a “gummy” smile or to make room for a prosthetic crown to be placed over a damaged tooth.  If you are considering crown lengthening, you may also be …

What Causes Periodontal

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an oral health condition affecting millions of Americans. Once it develops it can be difficult to eliminate, so the best course of action is prevention. However, gum disease can be treated and managed so that it doesn’t cause long term damage.  The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to understand …

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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Senior Citizens?

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Sedation dentistry is offered by many dental professionals to help make dental procedures more tolerable for patients. Sedation may be used for complex, lengthy procedures to help anxious patients feel more relaxed. It can be especially helpful for senior citizens who may find it uncomfortable to be in the dental chair.  It is often asked whether or not sedation dentistry …

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost in Hartford County, CT?

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost in Hartford County, CT?

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Sedation dentistry is the term used to describe medically induced relaxation techniques used during dental procedures. Periodontists offer various forms of sedation to help patients feel more comfortable receiving periodontal care and to help make particularly invasive and lengthy procedures easier.  If you’re considering sedation for an upcoming procedure, you may be wondering how much it costs. Here’s what you …

What Causes Gum Recession?

What Causes Gum Recession?

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Gum recession is the official term for when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but the problem with gum recession is that it leaves the teeth unsupported and the roots exposed.  If you’ve noticed that your gums are receding or your teeth are looking longer than usual, you may be …

How Long After Crown Lengthening Can I Get A Crown?

How Long After Crown Lengthening Can I Get A Crown?

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Crown lengthening is a procedure intended to expose more of a tooth. It can be done for cosmetic purposes to make your smile look more natural, or for dental health purposes to restore a tooth with a crown. In some cases, the enamel is worn down or broken off too close to the gums for a crown to fit. Crown …

What Is Sedation Dentistry & How Does It Work?

What Is Sedation Dentistry & How Does It Work?

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Sedation dentistry is a helpful tool that can make dental procedures easier and more comfortable. Patients can benefit from the use of sedation in a wide variety of situations.  Sedation works well for patients with special needs or severe dental anxiety, as well as those who need particularly invasive oral surgeries. Sedation can make it possible for people to get …

How Long Does Scaling And Root Planing Take?

How Long Does Scaling And Root Planing Take?

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If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This treatment is designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line, helping to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. But how long can you expect this procedure to take, and what can you do …

How Long Does A Tooth Extraction Take?

How Long Does A Tooth Extraction Take?

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Tooth extraction, or having a tooth removed, is sometimes necessary. A tooth may need to be extracted if it is too decayed or damaged to be saved. Teeth are sometimes extracted for orthodontic purposes, when there isn’t enough room in the mouth for all of the teeth and they are crowded together. In some cases there is widespread decay over …

Do I Really Need Crown Lengthening?

Do I Really Need Crown Lengthening?

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Crown lengthening is a common periodontal procedure. Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the support structures for your teeth including the periodontal tissue (better known as your gums). Crown lengthening can serve a variety of purposes. If your dentist or periodontist has recommended crown lengthening, you may be wondering if it is really necessary.  What is Crown Lengthening?  …

How Much Does Crown Lengthening Cost in Hartford County, CT?

How Much Does Crown Lengthening Cost in Hartford County, CT?

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Crown lengthening is a simple periodontal procedure that removes excess gum tissue from around the teeth. It can be used both cosmetically and to support the installation of crowns and bridges.   Please consult with Dr. Holzinger to receive an individual estimate for crown lengthening. Why Crown Lengthening is Necessary Crown lengthening may be necessary for two reasons: to support …

How Long Do Dental Implants Typically Last?

How Long Do Dental Implants Typically Last?

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Are you considering getting dental implants? If so, you’re likely wondering about their longevity. Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing or damaged teeth, as they are designed to last many years. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how long dental implants typically last, the factors that affect their lifespan, and how to ensure your implants last as …

How Do You Fix Gum Recession?

How Do You Fix Gum Recession?

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Gum recession is a condition in which the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls back or wears away. This causes the tooth or the tooth’s root to be more exposed. Gum recession causes the teeth to appear longer and can lead to sensitivity, decay, and an increased risk of periodontal disease. This is a common oral health …

Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day?

Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day?

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Dental implants offer a variety of tooth replacement options from single tooth replacement to bridges and dentures for multiple teeth. The process of getting dental implants varies depending on a variety of factors, including the type, location, and number of implants. As patients consider the pros and cons of dental implants, one question tends to arise: can dental implants be …

How Long Does it Take to Heal After a Tooth Extraction?

How Long Does it Take to Heal After a Tooth Extraction?

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Having a tooth extracted can be intimidating, but in some cases, it’s unavoidable. Fortunately, the actual procedure is relatively quick, and you’ll soon be on your way home. Of course, that’s not the end of the story—you’ll need to take some precautions to ensure optimal healing. This article will discuss the process of tooth extraction, how long it takes to …

How Do You Prevent Periodontal Disease

How Do You Prevent Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. It occurs when plaque, a sticky film made up of food residue and bacteria, builds up on the teeth along the gumline. When plaque isn’t removed it can harden into calculus, which is harder to remove and more likely to infect the gums.  Nearly …

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Estimated Recovery Time After Dental Implant Surgery

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Dental implant surgery is a life-changing procedure that can improve your oral health and brighten your smile. During the procedure, the periodontist replaces one or more missing teeth with implants that look and feel like natural teeth.  Getting dental implants is considered a major dental procedure. As such, it takes time to completely heal from the surgery. Before you get …

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The Effectiveness of Scaling and Root Planing

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When someone has gum disease, small pockets can form between the gums and the parts of the teeth that are normally covered by the gums. This space allows plaque and tartar to grow in places that regular tooth brushing and cleanings cannot reach.  If this happens to your teeth, your dentist may recommend root scaling and planing, also known as …

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Help! My Dental Implant Fell Out. Now What?

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If you have teeth that are severely decayed, a dental implant replaces them, giving you a natural, beautiful smile. Dental implants are often preferred over other types of tooth replacement, such as dentures, as they are permanent and usually more comfortable for the person wearing them. But dental implants aren’t perfect. There is a small risk of failure. Here’s what …

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What are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that affects your gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that nearly 80% of American adults suffer from some level of periodontal disease. Although most cases are mild to moderate, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even cause …

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The Likelihood of Gum Disease During Pregnancy

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Did you know that pregnant women are at a higher risk for developing gum disease? Of all the things that are common knowledge about pregnancy, this may not be so well known. There are a few different reasons for this, but taking the proper precautions can reduce the risk and ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout your …

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The Goal of Oral Cancer Screenings

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That “C” word – cancer – can cause some uneasiness just hearing it. It is associated with so many negative experiences and feelings. As medical technology and treatment options advance, cancer that is detected in its beginning stages can often be treated successfully.  Oral cancer screenings are now offered by dentists as a means of prevention. Their goal is to …

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The 4 Stages of Periodontal Disease

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Many people are under the mistaken impression that periodontal disease isn’t serious, perhaps because it starts with such mild symptoms. Red, swollen gums often go unnoticed; even when gums bleed when brushing or flossing, you may disregard these symptoms or put off seeking treatment. Unfortunately, gum disease can quickly progress from minor nuisance to a serious disease that compromises not …

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Is It Possible to Reverse Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums. It occurs when there is excessive plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque is a combination of food residue and bacteria that sticks to the teeth unless it is brushed away. When it remains for too long it can infect the gums, causing periodontal disease.  In …

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Misunderstood Effects of Gum Disease

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a common condition affecting nearly half of Americans. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue and support structures of the teeth. The cause of gum disease is a buildup of plaque on the teeth, a combination of food residue, saliva, and bacteria. When plaque remains on the teeth …

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Your First Visit to the Periodontist

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Have you been referred to a periodontist? Your dentist may have recommended that you see a periodontist for gum disease or to get a dental implant. Periodontists specialize in conditions and procedures for the gums and support structures for your teeth. If you’re going to a periodontist for the first time, you may not know what to expect. Here’s a …

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What’s the Cost of a Dental Implant for One Tooth?

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Do you need to have a tooth replaced? If your tooth is damaged or decayed beyond saving or if you’ve lost a tooth previously, a dental implant is one option for replacing it. Dental implants are considered to be the highest quality tooth replacement option available. It is for this reason that dental implants are also the most expensive option. …

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What is the Typical Dental Implant Failure Rate?

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Dental implants are the most recommended tooth replacement option. The majority of patients who receive dental implants experience success, meaning their implant lasts for many years or even the rest of their life. But on some occasions dental implants fail. There are a variety of reasons for that, and many of them can be avoided. What is the typical dental …

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Dental Implant vs Crown: Pros and Cons

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Do you have a tooth that needs a major restoration? When a tooth is severely decayed, cracked, or chipped, it may need to be repaired or replaced. Dental implants and crowns are commonly used to restore function and appearance. Which option is right for you? It depends on your situation. It helps to understand the difference between these two options …

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Dental Implant Financing Options

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Do you need to have a tooth replaced? A dental implant is the best option for tooth replacement, but it comes with a price tag. Unfortunately, dental insurance doesn’t often cover dental implants, so patients often pay for the procedure out of pocket. Even if you have insurance that does cover dental implants, it is likely only a portion of …

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The 4 Benefits of Dental Implants

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Are you considering dental implants? Whether you have a missing tooth, a tooth that is severely damaged or decayed, or you need multiple teeth replaced, dental implants are the best option available.  There are other ways to replace missing or damaged teeth, such as dental bridges or even dentures. Why are dental implants considered to be the best? Consider the …

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Dental Implant and Crown: Is This Combination Right For You?

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If you are in need of a single tooth replacement, a dental implant and crown combination is most likely your best option. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once the implant root …

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Dental Implant vs Root Canal: What to Consider

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When you have a problem with a tooth that extends into the root, there are a few different options for what to do about it. The option that is best for you depends on the situation. A root canal can sometimes save the existing tooth, but in some cases it may not be effective. A dental implant can replace a …

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Dental Implants vs Dentures: What You Should Know

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Are you in need of tooth replacement? Whether you need just a few or all of your teeth replaced, there are a few different options. Dental implants are often used to replace one or a few teeth and dentures are more often used when an entire arch of teeth needs to be replaced.  What’s the difference between dental implants and …

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4 Myths About Dental Implants

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Are you considering dental implants? Perhaps you are concerned about some of the negative things you’ve heard about them. In many cases, these are just rumors that are not at all true. In fact, dental implants have many benefits and are considered to be the gold standard of tooth replacement options. A dental implant is a complete artificial tooth and …

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What is the Typical Dental Implant Healing Time?

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Are you considering getting a dental implant? Implants are the ideal tooth replacement option. They look and function as closely as possible to your natural teeth and can last for a lifetime. When it comes time to schedule your implant procedure, you may be wondering how long of a recovery period you need to plan for. How much rest time …

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Can You Get Dental Implants While Pregnant?

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Have you been planning a dental implant procedure and now you’re pregnant? If so, you may have some concerns about whether or not you should go through with the procedure in your current condition. It is generally recommended that only preventive dental care and minor restorative procedures be performed during pregnancy. However, complex or in-depth procedures, such as dental implants, …

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The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Dental Implants

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If you experience tooth loss, your dentist might recommend a dental implant as a permanent solution. There are many benefits of getting dental implants, as well as some other things to consider. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not the procedure is for you. …

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Why Do I Have to See a Periodontist and My General Dentist?

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Seeing a general dentist on a regular basis is a basic requirement for good oral health. Your general dentist can handle cleaning and caring for your teeth and most other dental procedures you may need, such as cavity fillings.  But when you have severe gum disease or the need for dental implants or bone grafting procedures, you may be referred …

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Are Dental Implants Covered By Dental Insurance?

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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. Some Dental …

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Different Types of Gingival Grafting

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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 …

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Dental Implant Pain and Recovery: What to Expect

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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. Varies Based on ComplexityThere will be some …

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Dental Implant Alternatives: Know Your Options

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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 …

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A Step by Step Guide to Dental Implants

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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

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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 …

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The Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing

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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

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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

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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 …

4 Signs You Have Periodontal (Gum) Disease

4 Signs You Have Periodontal (Gum) Disease

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Approximately 80% of all adults have some form of periodontal disease. It is caused by plaque, a sticky blend of food debris and bacteria that accumulates on the teeth and gums. If not removed quickly, plaque can harden into calculus, irritating the gums and increasing the risk of infection.  As bacteria spreads through the gums, it causes periodontal disease, also …