What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost.The name "periodontitis" means "means inflammation around the tooth." Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and in the pockets surrounding the tooth, and they multiply. As the immune system reacts and toxins are released, inflammation occurs. Untreated periodontitis will eventually result in tooth loss. It may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other health problems. Bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless membrane that develops over the surface of teeth, is the most common cause of periodontal disease. If plaque it not removed, it can harden to form tartar, or...

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Scaling and Root Planing Explained

Scaling and Root Planing Explained If your dental hygienist cleans your teeth every six months or so, you know that a routine professional cleaning involves scaling teeth and the gumline to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. This is done to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you have symptoms of gum disease, however, you may need another type of cleaning, called scaling and root planing. When Is Scaling and Root Planing Recommended? Although routine cleanings are done to prevent periodontal (gum) disease, scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure done to treat periodontal disease. In fact, this procedure – sometimes called a deep cleaning – is considered the "gold standard" of treatment for patients...

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What Are Dental Crowns And Tooth Bridges?

What Are Dental Crowns And Tooth Bridges? Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist. How do Crowns Work? A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic....

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All About Dental Implants

Dental Implants at Main Dental Royal Oak Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss -- mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available. What Are Dental Implants? Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants? There are many advantages to dental implants, including: Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the...

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How to prepare for your dental exam

Dental practices have a medical history form for new patients to complete before the appointment. It may be on the website as a PDF file that you can download or available by request. Be sure to provide the most recent information about your health and medications.

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Cavities and crowns explained

Tooth decay is the culprit. If you want a jump-start it’s vital that you make preventive dentistry a top priority, including your regular dental examinations and a professional teeth cleaning with your dental hygienist a minimum of two times per year.

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How root canals are detected and treated

What happens during root canal treatment? Learn more about this quick, comfortable procedure that can relieve your pain and save your natural tooth. There’s no need to be worried if your dentist or endodontist prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth

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Choosing the best dentists for the best smile

Have you ever woken up with pain in your lower back from sleeping incorrectly or experienced neck pain from sitting at a workstation? Experiencing these pains occasionally is normal, but when they begin to impact your life by keeping you from work, family involvement and/or the activities you enjoy, immediate and fast action needs to be taken.

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