Archive for November, 2014

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease means an infection around the tooth. The disease begins when bacteria in plaque on your teeth irritate the gums and cause inflammation. Tobacco use, certain medications, changes in hormone levels like those during puberty or pregnancy, and even genetics may increase the risk of periodontal disease. If you have periodontal disease, you may notice red or swollen gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, pus between the teeth and gums, loose or separating teeth and a change in the way your teeth fit together. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you will need to visit your dentist for a “deep cleaning” to control your infection and instructions on how to care for your teeth more effectively. The disease can also complicate other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and pregnancy.

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Cosmetic Vs Restorative

Having trouble distinguishing between cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive dentistry? Many dental procedures can be done for either reasons, or sometimes both. Cosmetic dental procedures improve the look of your teeth and enhance your smile. Typically insurance companies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures. Restorative dentistry restores function to damaged or genetically defective teeth. Many restorative procedures are desired for aesthetic reason, but are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Some cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and porcelain veneers. Reconstructive procedures include dental implants, root canels, and gum disease treatment. It is always important to remember that beauty depends on good health. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, restoring dental health will usually improve dental beauty. If you would like any more information on any of the procedures or insurance coverage questions, consult your Dentist.

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