Archive: December 2015

Treat Gum Disease with In-Office Procedure

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Scaling and Root Planing

Gum disease is a serious concern for your oral health. Left untreated, it can cause infection or even tooth loss. If found in the early stages, scaling and root planing are effective ways to non-surgically treat periodontal disease, right in your dentist’s office. If you are experiencing swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums, this procedure can give your gum tissue a chance to heal.

One great thing about scaling and root planing is that it’s a nearly painless procedure. Before the treatment begins, a local anesthetic is administered, which numbs the area. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Once the anesthetic takes effect, your hygienist will begin scaling and smoothing the roots of your teeth below the gum tissue. By cleaning the roots carefully and removing all signs of tartar, plaque, and toxins, your gums and soft tissues have the optimal chance to re-attach to your roots and get back to a state of good health.

Scaling and root planing also has a quick recovery time. After the procedure, you may experience some tenderness in the first few days, which should gradually subside. Your dentist will want you to have a follow-up appointment to ensure your gums are healing properly.

Call our office today at 405-321-6166 if you are experiencing issues with gum disease, and to see if scaling and root planning could help improve your oral health.

 

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Reshape Your Smile

 

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If you’re on the quest for a perfect smile, we can help by reshaping any chipped, pointed, overlapping or uneven teeth. Dental contouring, or tooth reshaping, is a quick and painless cosmetic dental procedure to help even out the surface of a tooth.

What Is Tooth Reshaping?

Tooth reshaping is an easy dental procedure, done in the Dental Design Studio office, which in most cases is accomplished by removing a minimal amount of enamel to reshape the tooth. Our dentists use a hand-piece to sculpt and polish rough or pointed edges, or trim down the length of a “taller” tooth. Anesthesia is not usually required unless the reshaping work is close to the root of the tooth.

In the case of a chipped tooth, or one that appears smaller than its neighbors, dental contouring involves adding an enamel-like resin in a similarly easy procedure called bonding. (Click here for a video about this process.)

Benefits Beyond a Beautiful Smile

There are many cosmetic reasons for tooth reshaping, but the contour of your teeth can also affect your oral health. Dental contouring can help with:

  • Even teeth can help improve your bite to aid in chewing and speech
  • Reshaping cracks, holes or gaps can lessen the risk of future damage, fixing the issue before it gets worse
  • Even tooth surfaces are easier to clean and reshaping can lower the risk for tooth decay and gum disease
  • Fixing pointed or jagged teeth can help avoid irritation to the inner lining of the mouth

In some cases, dental contouring can save patients orthodontic treatment, such as the case of misalignment due to a minor tooth overlap.

Know the Risks

Tooth reshaping is a simple procedure, but not for everybody. Here are some important considerations:

  • With any enamel removal, there is a risk for damage and increased tooth sensitivity
  • This procedure is usually not recommended for those with tooth decay, gum disease or root canals.
  • The results of the procedure are subtle, and you may need more work to improve your smile.

Contouring and bonding does not preclude restorative work or additional cosmetic procedures, but talk to your dentist about your overall dental goals. The Dental Design Studio doctors are happy to create an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan to help you have healthy smiles for life.

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