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.
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
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!
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, October 21, 2013
What Is Sedation Dentistry?The thought of visiting the dentist fills some people with a sense of dread. Our practice wants to help you avoid this uncomfortable feeling, so we make sure to ask every person who walks through our doors if dental anxiety is an issue for them. If so, we offer them the option of sedation dentistry.
Anthem Periodontics is certified in the state of Nevada to sedate patients who have a fear of visiting the dentist. Before the dental procedure begins, those who choose this option receive sedatives, gases or an IV treatment that puts them to sleep. The benefits of opting to be sedated are many, and they include the following: • Patients are relieved of anxiety before their procedures begin • They are unaware of what is occurring while the procedure is being done • After their treatments are over, they don’t remember what happened • People stop avoiding dental visits and are able to maintain their oral health
The Two Types of Sedation DentistryAt Anthem Periodontics, Dr. De Andrade offers his patients these two different types of sedation dentistry:
1. Oral Sedation – Also known as “twilight sleep,” oral sedation helps to relax anxious patients so that their dental treatments can be completed in the least amount of time possible. If you choose oral sedation, you will receive medication that we will monitor from the beginning of your visit until after the treatment is over as if we were giving you medication by way of an IV.
2. IV Sedation - This second option puts you to sleep
Whether you choose oral sedation or IV sedation, you will need to have someone drive you home and care for you for a period of time after the procedure is over. Sedation dentistry has been an important advancement in dentistry as a whole because more people are making appointments to see their dentists on a regular basis. Since you will be sedated before anything else happens, you won’t experience any of the unpleasant sensations that you remember from previous dental visits, including the needle that administers local anesthesia. At Anthem Periodontics, you will have the option of taking anti-anxiety drugs that relieve you of the unpleasant feelings you experience before dental procedures, but you will remain awake during your treatment. If you prefer not to be awake during the process, you can also choose to be put to sleep during the procedure. For this option, Amber our certified anesthesiologist will help you fall asleep and monitor you during the entire procedure.