Some patients have told us they put off important periodontal work until a special event, like a wedding, inspired them to make the call to our office to improve the aesthetics of their teeth. Healthy looking smiles are indeed both attractive and help build confidence. But oral hygiene is far from just a question of just appearance. Research links poor periodontal health (gum disease) with a plethora of systemic diseases like diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, respiratory diseases, osteoporosis and more.
Making Oral Hygiene a Priority for 2022
Our teeth help us eat healthy foods, allow us to speak clearly and, overall, contribute to an overall good quality of life. But the bacteria and plaque buildup of periodontitis (severe gum disease), if left untreated, can cause irreparable damage. Unfortunately, many individuals ignore their oral health due to scheduling issues, financial concerns and/or dental apprehension until the damage is so great that tooth loss is inevitable.
Treating Gum Disease
We can help save your natural teeth by treating gum disease with a variety of clinically proven procedures like scaling, to clean below the gumline, root planing for smoothing out tooth roots and, sometimes, medications. Periodontitis can also be treated with minimally invasive, advanced laser treatments, like LANAP® which targets diseased tissue and produces bone-building results. And don’t forget that the best way of preventing gum disease is practicing good daily oral hygiene – brushing twice a day, flossing and seeing your dental professional as directed.
If you’re already missing teeth or have damaged or loose teeth beyond repair, dental implants provide artificial tooth roots that become permanent, fixed bases for replacement teeth. The implant receives a connector, called an abutement, which then holds attractive, prosthetic teeth, the only part visible when you smile. Dental implants are far superior to dentures. They’re the only long-term teeth replacement solution that feels, fits and functions just like natural teeth.
Other Periodontal Issues
At the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics, we also treat unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable gum recession with the Pinhole Surgical technique. We target “gummy smiles” with lip repositioning and crown lengthening procedures, and much more. For a confident, beautiful smile in 2022, call our office at 215-677-8686 (Philadelphia) or 215-643-4393 (Ambler) for a free consultation.
Make 2022 your year to smile proudly once again!