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Here are some of the more commonly asked questions we hear from our patients. If you have any additional questions or comments, or would like to set up an appointment. Please contact us today.
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For most people, it is generally recommended that you see your dentist twice a year. Every patient is different, and we do make different recommendations based on your unique situation. Keep in mind that if you are feeling oral pain or discomfort it is imperative you make an appointment with our office, even if you are in between your regularly scheduled visit.
Should my dental visits change once I have dentures or dental implants?
The number of visits per year also depend on what additional needs you have may have. We usually recommend seeing some of our denture and implant patients once a year. Some patients with increased risk factors, like smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, or periodontal disease, may need more frequent examinations. Some patients will be seen between three and six times per year.
The signs of gum disease vary from person to person, and it’s important to know that gum disease is often present with no symptoms at all. People who do not visit their dentist regularly may not even know they have gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease will continue to worsen. It can even lead to tooth loss.
Warning signs of gum disease
Sometimes warning signs of gum disease do appear, and these can include any of the following:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Unexplained sores in your mouth
- Teeth that look longer than normal because gums have started to pull away
- Teeth that have become loose
- Bad breath that persists no matter how often you brush
- A change in your bite
- A change in the way your partial dentures fit
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Even if you do not have any of these symptoms, you might still be in the early stages of gum disease. The only way to know for sure if you have gum disease is to visit your Fayetteville dentist regularly for examinations. If you find out that you do have gum disease, it is treatable and it is possible for your gum health to be restored.
A crown is a covering for a tooth that goes around the entire tooth. Crowns are done on teeth that have large fillings and/or decay and are susceptible to breaking. Crowns, or caps as some patients refer to them, give us the ability to restore your tooth to a natural shape and function. They also give us the ability to change the color of your teeth.
Periodontal disease by definition is a disease or infection in the periodontium. What that means is that you have some sort of infection in the structures that hold the teeth. This can be in the gums and/or the bone holding the teeth.
We try to be very aggressive when treating gum and bone disease because it is difficult and usually impossible to get the bone back after you have lost it. Proper treatment can include a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) or even gum surgery. Other treatment options may include antibiotics or laser therapy.
Proper home care is important to treat and prevent periodontal disease. There are different risk factors that make a person more susceptible to getting periodontal disease. Some of these risk factors include race, smoking, diabetes, and genetics. Some people have good oral hygiene and still develop periodontal disease. It is very important that you are checked thoroughly for periodontal disease by your dental professional.