Wednesday, November 5, 2014
All-on-4 dental implants have been changing the lives of many patients who are suffering from the loss of several teeth. This revolutionary dental appliance is literally the next best thing to having the teeth you were born with. With so many benefits, why wouldn't you choose All-On-4?
To read more about All-On-4 and to see if you might be a candidate, please visit THIS article.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Dentures and Dating—What if they find out you’re wearing them?
When patients are told that dentures would be the best solution for their permanent tooth loss, they have a lot of questions. Some of them they ask us, but other questions are left unanswered because the patient is embarrassed to ask, like “What will happen if my date finds out these aren't my real teeth?” All it takes is one web search to confirm that this is a concern for denture wearers of all ages. This question or ones like it are being asked and commented on every day, so that’s why we decided to tackle it here. Visit Anthem Periodontics' website for more informations about alternatives to dating with dentures!
Friday, September 5, 2014
It used to be that a visit to the dentist for a professional cleaning involved uncomfortable scraping of the teeth by a hand-held device with a hook on the end. Thanks to the advent of ultrasonic scaling technology, that same job is done using water and high-frequency vibrations.
To read more about Ultrasonic Scaling, please visit Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
One of the first weapons in the fight against periodontal diseases is subgingival scaling. When performed in conjunction with root scaling, it can halt the advance of gum disease before more serious measures are required. Subgingival scaling cleans the tooth below the gum line by effectively removing plague, tartar, toxins and bacteria from the surface. Since this is a procedure that requires more expertise than a routine cleaning, it is best to have it performed by a periodontist.
Dr. DeAndrade will recommend scaling for patients with gingivitis or the early stages of periodontitis. Performed using a local anesthetic, the root surface is thoroughly cleaned with a dental scaling instrument. In more severe cases, an open procedure may be needed where a small flap is cut into the gums to make the area requiring treatment more accessible. By removing the plague and tartar that has accumulated deep into the gums, the patient is able to successfully maintain the results through regular brushing and flossing at home.
Following a subgingival scaling, you will see reduced redness and swelling of your gums, reattached gum pockets, less bleeding and decreased bone sensitivity. It also aids in the prevention of bone and tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
The key to good oral health is regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams. Being able to catch conditions early will allow for more economical, minimally invasive procedures to correct issues as they arise. This, along with good home care, can save you from the complications of tooth and bone loss.
Periodontal diseases do not only affect your gums and teeth, they can cause problems throughout the whole body. If you have been advised that you need more than a regular dental cleaning to protect the health of your mouth, call Anthem Periodontics to schedule a consultation before a small problem turns into a major procedure.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
If the gums don't have a close fit to the teeth, a tiny pocket will remain and mineral deposits will form over time. Since cleaning plaque from these pockets is sometimes difficult, bacteria will invariably start to multiply in them. This will eventually lead to gingivitis, a bacterial inflammation of the gums. Unless the diseased tissue is removed and the pockets sealed, gingivitis will spread and worsen, causing periodontitis, infection of the structure that supports the teeth. Another reason for an intervention is to reduce oversized gums, which can make the teeth look too small and undermine confidence.
READ MORE...about gingivectomy at Anthem Periodontics And Dental Implants
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
A Gingivectomy is a procedure that is sometimes performed when a patient’s teeth appear too short because of gums that seem too thick or large. Also called a ‘gummy smile’, this condition can be caused by certain medications (e.g. prescribed organ transplant, high blood pressure and anti-seizure medication), genetics, or swollen gums due to Gingivitis. A Gingivectomy is therefore performed to expose more of the tooth to make your gum line look nicer and natural and/or to expose more of your tooth structure as preparation for cosmetic surgery.
As the dental assistant I can tell you that swollen gums due to gum disease should not be left untreated. If you have gum problems due to Gingivitis, the reality is that you have an infection in your gums and that Gingivitis is just a milder form of Perionditis, a more serious situation that can lead to much bigger problems. With Gingivitis you might not even feel much discomfort; you will just notice that your gums are swollen and red, and they might bleed easily.
A Gingivectomy procedure can be done on just one tooth or a complete gum line. Gum tissue can sometimes cover a tooth or teeth that are of perfectly normal length, but are just hidden away under too much gum tissue. Wherever it is done in your mouth, it will definitely improve your smile if you are currently stuck with a smile that shows too little of your precious teeth or an uneven gum line!
A Gingivectomy can be done with laser or by using scalpels. The aim of both methods is the same though: to remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line. A Gingivectomy can take from a few minutes to longer than an hour, depending on your personal needs and reason(s) for having it done and you will usually receive a local anesthetic pre-procedure.
Generally there is little to no discomfort after the procedure either! You doctor will also send your home with a periodontal dressing on the area that was worked on. As a rule you will have to keep the dressing on for 7-10 days.
Healthy gums should show little points between teeth, causing the teeth to be well-supported and your smile to look awesome. And these are the things a Gingivectomy will give you!
Monday, April 14, 2014
So, why do some people have gummy smiles? Well; it could be caused by your gums covering more tooth area than it should, making your teeth look too short - or it could be caused by a high lip line, meaning that, when you smile, your upper lip pulls up higher than that of the average person.
Patients generally come to me as a periodontist to correct this for aesthetic reasons, but a good periodontist should also check if you have an improper bite. The reason for this is that, if your gummy smile is a result of how your teeth erupted and/or how your jawbone developed, these could impact on your long term oral health.
There are 3 different surgical procedures to correct a gummy smile, depending on the cause in your particular case. Once we have ascertained what caused your problem, you will only need a local anesthetic and you will not feel any pain during any of the procedures.
If you only have too much gum covering your crowns or teeth, a simple surgical sculpting procedure called gingivectomy or gingivoplasty will suffice. During this procedure I remove excess gum tissue and perhaps a little bone so that more tooth surface is exposed and the gum line is more even. It is a minimally invasive procedure so I will often place a periodontal dressing over the teeth and gums to protect them.
When it is evident that I will have to expose and remove some underlying tooth bone too, I will opt for flap surgery. This procedure will be chosen if your teeth are naturally short, are quite worn or the bone right under the top of the gums is thick. I will then cut the gum open, do what needs to be done, put some stitches in to ensure it heals perfectly and you will also need a periodontal dressing. This procedure involves a little more pain than with a gingivectomy.
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we will look at YOUR individual needs and only do those procedures necessary to give you a great smile!
Monday, March 10, 2014
Do I Choose Dentures Or Dental Implants?
There are many reasons why so many people now choose dental implants over conventional dentures. The most commonly cited one being that they can enjoy a much higher quality of life. Dental implants are considered to be far more comfortable than dentures. They are also far more secure, as they are permanently attached to posts set in your jawbone. Instead of using bridging wires to hold them to adjacent teeth or in the case of full dentures, some form of bonding agent. In many cases dentures can make a person look and feel much older than they really are. No one wants to live with the aggravation of dentures, they all want to look and feel as young and healthy as possible.
Discomfort Be Gone!
Not only do conventional dentures cause discomfort, they have the potential to cause significant embarrassment in public. Imagine having your dentures come loose in mid-conversation or while you are eating a meal with guests. Even the best bonding agents fail from time to time, leaving you with teeth that slip and click when you are eating and talking. Dental implants are a permanent installation, they become one with your gums and jawbone. Because of this, you never have to worry about them coming loose or causing you any form of embarrassment.
Dental Implants Restore The Joy of Life
Dentures can be a constant hassle, causing wearers to lose their sense of self-confidence. When you have a set of permanent dental implants, you can eat what you want, when you want and never have to worry about it pulling your teeth out. You will regain your self-confidence as you can once again enjoy a very active lifestyle secure in the knowledge your teeth are not going to fall out. Your family, friends, and coworkers will be able to hear you clearly and understand what you are saying. These are only some of the many advantages of choosing full mouth restoration dental implants over conventional dentures.
Tune in next month to learn about the All-On-Four dental implant. The newest innovation to full mouth dental implants!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
What Is Laser Gum Therapy?Laser gum therapy is beginning to be the preferred method in treating periodontal disease. Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) uses a tiny laser to get in between the gum and the tooth to treat the infected tissue. Patients prefer this treatment as opposed to the old way of treating gum disease due to its less aggressive nature. Before laser gum therapy, a periodontist would have to physically pull the gums away from the teeth to manually remove the infected tissue. Leaving more strain and soreness on the gums.
Below is a short video on Laser Gum Therapy presented by Dr. De Andrade of Anthem Periodontics.
How Do I Know Laser Gum Therapy Is Right For Me?Laser Gum Therapy is the newest innovative technology to treat gum disease. With it's less invasive method, it is a preferred treatment option for most patients affected by periodontal disease. For more information or questions on the procedure, please visit Anthem Periodontics website to give us a call or schedule and appointment.
Monday, July 15, 2013
|The tools of a periodontist may not differ from a dentist,|
but the added education and experience determines the
improved level of treatment you will receive.
Periodontal disease can affect more than just the gums. It can also affect the teeth, jaw bone, and general health of the body. Those with periodontal disease have an increased risk of stroke or heart attack. It is important to see a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in periodontal disease, when seeking treatment options. These professionals receive more education and training to deal with the specialized needs of those suffering from periodontal disease.
A periodontist can treat periodontal disease through surgical or non-surgical methods. When teeth need to be removed due to periodontal damage, implants may be used to replace one or more teeth. A full mouth restoration may be necessary in some cases.
Periodontal cosmetic surgery or sometimes referred to as periodontal plastic surgery may be necessary to correct problems that occur from severe cases of periodontal disease, birth defects, or for cosmetic reasons. Tooth sockets, gums, and areas of the tongue may be altered or repaired, depending on the needs of the patient.
A periodontist also specializes in oral cancer screenings to detect any signs or symptoms of cancer anywhere in the mouth. The periodontist will examine the mouth by sight and by touching areas in the mouth to feel for firmness and for unusual lumps or skin abnormalities. If any unusual sores are discovered, a biopsy can be taken to determine if it is cancerous or not.
Periodontal ServicesWith Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, you can receive treatment in all phases of periodontal work including gum treatments, bone treatments, and dental implants. Dr. Ed De Andrade uses sedation dentistry methods for the comfort of his patients. You can receive surgical or non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, depending on what is needed. Dr. Ed De Andrade is committed to quality treatment and is a specialist in:
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Gum repair
- Dental implants
- All periodontal disease procedures
Las Vegas Periodontist
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, Dr. Ed De Andrade has been serving the communities of Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, for over ten years. Anthem Periodontics uses the latest cutting edge technologies for the best treatment options available to patients. Dr. Ed De Andrade has received many special recognitions, including that of best dentist in Las Vegas and Henderson on more than one occasion. He has published work in respected medical journals, such as The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry and The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.
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