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5 Reasons Why Bite Adjustment Is Important

If your teeth are not properly aligned, it will negatively affect you in a number of ways.

Teeth that protrude, for example, are exposed to undue risk of chipping, and overbite or underbite can wear down your teeth enamel or even lead to a tooth fracture. And if a dental crown or filling is set too high, it can cause an uneven bite, which can cause tooth pain, tooth hyper-sensitivity, and headaches.

Finally, when one or more teeth touch down before the others, when you bite, those teeth receive more pressure. That extra pressure can cause tenderness around the tooth’s root and lead to painful inflammation.

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Correcting the Problem With “Bite Adjustment”

Bite adjustment is the solution to the painful and problematic side effects of a misaligned bite (called “malocclusion” in dental talk.)

You may, perhaps, wonder if it is worthwhile to have your bite adjusted; but here are five key reasons why it is important to correct malocclusion, and as early as possible:

  1. An abnormal bite can put you at high risk of eventually stressing out your jaw until you develop TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), a painful condition that makes it difficult to talk or chew.
  2. Misaligned teeth tend to create extra pockets where food particles, plaque, and bacteria can fester. This can lead to cavities forming and can also cause gum disease. Gum disease can involve sore, bleeding, inflamed gums, and in extreme cases, results in oral infections and tooth loss.
  3. A poor bite will wear down enamel off the crowns of your teeth and overstress teeth, making them sore or even loose. It may also cause teeth to crack. And even mild cases will lead to teeth being over-sensitive to heat, cold, and certain foods.
  4. Chronic migraine headaches or pains in other areas, like your jaw and neck, may result from malocclusion if left untreated.
  5. If you have dentures, a “bad bite” can cause them to wear against your alveolar ridge, which results in sores and, eventually, in your dentures no longer fitting properly. Bridges, dental crowns, or other dental appliances in your mouth can also be ill-affected by a bad bite.

Types of Bite Adjustment Procedures

How can a dentist or periodontist adjust you bite? That depends on what the underlying problem is. Here are some of the main procedures that are available:

  • For a filling or crown that is too high, your dentist can simply readjust the original work. Sometimes just after getting a filling/crown, when the dentist asks you to bite down and tell him if your bite feels normal, it is hard to tell due to the numbness from a local anesthetic. But whatever the cause, your dentist can simply re-do the crown or filling to solve the problem.
  • Tooth re-shaping can be done where your teeth are misaligned due to heredity (or another cause). By lightly, carefully re-shaping the top surfaces of your teeth, an evenly distributed bite pressure can be achieved.
  • Bite splints, or “mouth guards,” are plastic devices you can wear at night or during the day to keep your bite even and to keep you from clenching or grinding your teeth.
  • If many teeth in your mouth are misaligned, you may need bite adjustment via braces. You can choose among traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign acrylic trays, which are less noticeable and require fewer dental visits.

Your bite pattern is something you likely seldom think about, but it is very important to your oral health. To learn more and to avoid the problems chronic malocclusion can cause, contact Central Florida Perio to schedule a free initial consultation.

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What You Need to Know as Our Patient

The first thing that you should know about Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology oral health is that you can expect committed, dedicated, and friendly care at either of our central Florida locations.

A Friendly, Credentialed, and Experienced Staff Awaits

Dr. Jeffrey Sevor is the lead periodontist specialist at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology and has years of experience providing personalized care to patients just like you. Dr. Sevor specializes in helping patients understand and prevent gum disease.

Dr. Sevor uses a variety of methods—including scaling, root planing, and laser periodontal surgery—to give you healthy gums and the smile that you’ve always wanted. Gum disease can actually get worse with age and significantly worsen as bacteria, plaque, and tartar accumulate.

Fortunately, the staff at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology can give you tips and provide procedures designed to improve your tooth, gum, and overall oral health.

Cosmetic periodontal procedures and bone grafting are just two of the many advanced procedures that can dramatically improve the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth while improving your bite. Improving your bite is actually crucial to reducing or eliminating the wear-and-tear breakdown of teeth over time.

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The Latest Technology in Oral Health Is at Your Disposal

At Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology, it’s about keeping things looking as fresh as possible. And for patients who have concerns or anxieties about an upcoming oral health procedure, make sure to ask Dr. Sevor about dental sedation options.

Sedation can take the form of intravenous conscious sedation so that your anxieties can be lessened while allowing you to stay awake throughout the procedure, and nitrous oxide sedation as well.

Nitrous oxide sedation has been safely used for decades by dentists and orthodontists. As the second half of the term alludes to, nitrous oxide sedation is part oxygen and taken in by the patient through a sanitized, safe breathing mask.

The really nice thing about nitrous oxide sedation is that it can make you more relaxed about your procedure and allow you to respond to prompts from the friendly staff at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology.

The best part might be that Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology has licensed anesthesiologists on staff so that you can put your mind at ease before and during bite adjustment, scaling and planing, or laser periodontal surgery.

Dental Implants: Resilient, Beautiful and Functional

Although Dr. Sevor specializes in the prevention, detection, and treatment of all levels of gum disease, you can also receive dental implants on all of your front and bottom teeth at either of Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology locations in central Florida. Convenience meets functionality, aesthetics, and affordability with Dr. Sevor’s periodontal practice.

Dental implants put to use a completely natural process called osseointegration, which means that your living bone can accommodate a load-bearing titanium implant. An extremely strong and stable titanium implant can form a close bond with the patient’s own jawbone to provide the foundation for years of beautiful smiles and healthy eating and chewing.

In fact, dental implants are a prosthetic dental option that millions of older Americans have already decided is right for them. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry has found that 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws, and a huge percentage of those potential patients could benefit from dental implants.

The really exciting thing for many patients who come to see Dr. Sevor is that the same American Academy of Implant Dentistry study found that upwards of 98% of dental implants were complete successes. Since Dr. Sevor embraces sedation dentistry, getting dental implants doesn’t need to be needlessly stressful or costly.

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Let Us Give You Something to Smile About!

Almost everyone wants to improve their smile. For most people, a great smile is a huge self-esteem booster and something to really feel good about. If you’ve ever been self-conscious about your smile or slightly embarrassed to smile with your teeth when taking pictures, then you might want to listen up.

A study by Invisalign found that people who have straight, healthy looking teeth experienced a whole host of benefits. They were consistently rated as more successful, more intelligent, and (believe it or not) more dateable and more hireable too. Nearly a third of people say that a smile is the first thing that they notice about someone else’s appearance.

On that point, an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry study also found that nearly half (48%) of people surveyed said that a smile is the one feature they would remember most upon meeting someone.

That means that a great smile is probably pretty important for standing out and making a great first impression, which can have a ton of social and professional benefits.

The Invisalign study found that two-thirds of Americans are more likely to remember pleasant physical attributes—like a great smile—than unpleasant ones. Invisalign is one way to improve your smile, but there are many other procedures for you to consider at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology. The road to a better smile starts with healthy gums.

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Healthy Teeth Start with Healthy Gums

The foundation for healthy teeth are healthy gums. If you’re struggling with gum disease or plaque and tartar buildup, then lead periodontal specialist Dr. Jeffrey J. Sevor and his experienced staff can work with you to remove plaque and tartar from around your gum line so that your gums can begin to heal.

  • Scaling and Planing for Gum Disease

Planing the root surface allows the root surface to become smoother and your gum tissue to heal over time and reattach to your tooth. Gum disease starts by bacteria around the gums causing inflammation and eventually also causing gingivitis.

If left untreated, this can cause the gums to become red and swollen, and eventually your gums may bleed easily while brushing or eating.

  • Irrigation with an Antimicrobial Rinse

It’s important that you visit a dentist or periodontist early in the gum disease process so that your gums have the greatest chance of recovering. Healthy, pink gums are literally the foundation for a beautiful smile.

Dr. Sevor might recommend scaling and planing for more advanced cases as well as antibiotics and/or irrigation with anti-microbial agents to reduce bacterial buildup around the gums.

  • LANAP Laser Treatment

Dr. Sevor is also trained to use the FDA-certified procedure known as LANAP. LANAP stands for laser assisted regeneration. Dr. Sevor is the first orthodontist in Central Florida to use this incredible technology and he’s successfully treated thousands of patients already.

Crown Lengthening, Bite Adjustment, and Dental Implants

A procedure known as crown lengthening, or crown exposure, is an option that many patients could benefit from but might not know is an option for them.

Crown lengthening involves adjusting the level of the gum tissue and bone supporting a tooth, shaping the tooth restoration, and guaranteeing a snug fit for the tooth.

Bite adjustment is a different procedure that can nonetheless have dramatic benefits. Bite therapy can reshape the biting surface to put less stress on teeth. Sometimes braces or bite splint therapy might be the most efficient way to get to that point.

Then again, if you’re missing teeth then you might want to consider dental implants for yourself to get teeth that feel and look amazing.

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Gum Disease: Why Pregnant Women Are at Risk

Nearly half of all American adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease, including everything from mild gum recession to full-blown periodontitis.

That is a staggering statistic, but it doesn’t tell the full story. Two classes of adults are particularly at risk, the elderly (65 and up) and pregnant women.

But why are pregnant women at a higher risk of gum disease than anyone else?

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Factors That Put Pregnant Women at Higher Risk of Gum Disease

At different points in a woman’s life, changes in hormone levels will affect her susceptibility to periodontal disease. The reasons for this are complex, but suffice it to say that hormones affect periodontal tissues in a way that can put them at greater risk of deterioration.

The causes of gum disease will still be the same, however, including such things as poor oral hygiene, eating foods with high sugar content, not drinking enough water, and not getting enough vitamin C and other nutrients important to gum health.

Many pregnant women will experience swelling, redness, or even bleeding of the gums during their pregnancy. Lumps (typically non-cancerous) may also form on the gums, though they usually disappear on their own after the pregnancy. However, getting gingivitis treatment and other professional help from a periodontist can alleviate these problems.

Dangers of Poor Periodontal Health During Pregnancy

Some may be tempted to think that gum disease and oral hygiene are the least of one’s worries during a pregnancy. But maybe they shouldn’t be. According to recent studies, infections in the gums and mouth can spread to other parts of a woman’s body and put her baby’s health at risk.

In general, periodontal disease (left unchecked) can lead to systemic problems like heart disease, inflammations, and “out of control” diabetes. In the mouth, it can lead to extreme sensitivity to hot/cold or while chewing, chronically bad breath (halitosis), sores and ulcers, painful infection, and ultimately tooth loss.

But for pregnant women, the danger also exists of the periodontal disease affecting the baby. Avoiding necessary gingivitis treatment puts your baby at risk. Periodontal disease has been associated with preterm births and/or low-weight births.

The CDC tells us that babies born at less than five and a half pounds are at greater risk of having physical, mental, or social learning disabilities. And the same holds true for those born three or more weeks early.

What Should Pregnant Women Do About Periodontal Health?

The first thing to do as a pregnant woman, concerning your periodontal and oral health, is simply to make yourself aware of the risks and be on the lookout for any symptoms. Symptoms like bleeding, reddened, swollen, or tender gums could mean you need gingivitis treatment. It’s always safer to see a periodontist than to just wait and hope the symptoms will go away.

Secondly, maintain regular brushing and flossing during pregnancy. Use an antiseptic mouthwash, and always brush the tongue since it harbors much bacteria. Proper oral hygiene is your first defense.

Third, it is good to schedule regular dental cleanings and one or more periodontal check-ups as part of your regular prenatal care. If you do need treatment, your periodontist will know which kinds of non-surgical procedures will be safe and effective for pregnant women.

To learn more about how pregnancy interacts with periodontal disease, or to schedule an appointment for gingivitis treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey J. Sevor of Central Florida Periodontics, at either the Winter Park or Winter Springs location.

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What Is Bone Grafting and How Can it Help?

Of all the dental procedures patients can face, bone grafting usually inspires the most questions – most likely because the fusion of these two words inspires questions and fears.

Patients of Dr. Jeffrey Sevor know that he welcomes questions because the answers are the best way to calm fears. The second best way: knowing that you’re in the expert hands of central Florida’s foremost dentist. Dr. Sevor is an accomplished periodontal specialist who has performed many dental procedures with the same skill that he answers patients’ questions about bone grafting. Among the most common questions:

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What exactly is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a process that rebuilds bone in the jaw where it has been lost. It is a minor surgical procedure that has many benefits.

Why would someone consider bone grafting?

The procedure is beneficial for someone who:

  • Has been missing teeth for an extended period of time, leading the jaw bone to deteriorate
  • Has experienced a traumatic injury
  • Has undergone oral surgery, such as tumor removal, which caused bone loss
  • Was born with congenital defects that created a deficiency of bone tissue

How can bone grafting help me?

Bone grafting is a great way to strengthen the jaw bone for procedures such as dental implants. Bone grafting also promotes the health and growth of a patient’s natural bone structure, and it ensures that a patient’s jaw and bite are properly aligned, leading to greater physical comfort. A more intrinsic but still important benefit: Patients who undergo bone grafting feel greater confidence about their health, teeth, and appearance.

What does the procedure involve?

Dr. Sevor applies a local anesthetic to the area (or areas) where bone has been lost. Then he makes an incision in the gum tissue, cleans the area and fuses the grafting material to the jaw. He then stitches the gum tissue together.

Does bone grafting hurt?

The local anesthetic dulls the area sufficiently so that any pain is mitigated, though a patient is fully aware of what is taking place during the procedure. Afterward, a patient may feel some soreness. But this can be managed with ice packs and, if necessary, a pain reliever or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

What if the grafting material cannot come from my body?

Many options are available, including laboratory-produced bone from a human donor or even an animal donor. Most often, this is a cow. Sometimes, synthetic materials are used, too.

Is bone grafting safe?

Bone grafting is a very safe procedure – no matter what the source of the graft. Under ideal circumstances, the graft comes from the patient’s body, though the disadvantage is that it requires a second surgical procedure to obtain the bone. Meanwhile, substitute bone grafts undergo rigorous safety screenings and so pose very little risk of infection. You may be heartened to know that in both cases, the graft is eventually replaced by a patient’s own bone material.

Is it possible that my body would reject the substitute graft?

No, this is not possible because the graft contains only minerals and no living material. As Dr. Sevor monitors a patient’s progress after a bone graft, he carefully assesses how much bone a patient’s body produces in response to the graft. This is often an enjoyable part of the process for patients since they can see actual progress taking place.

How long does it take to recover from bone grafting?

Most patients recover fully after a day or two of soreness or sensitivity. Ice packs can help, as can a pain reliever.

Dr. Sevor cares about answering all his patients’ questions, though he is always better equipped to address them after a consultation. Every patient is different, and you deserve a personalized, in-depth assessment that Dr. Sevor has made his specialty.

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Results You Love From a Periodontist You Trust

We haven’t reached for a tape measure – yet.

And we haven’t gathered witnesses – yet.

But the last time an overjoyed dental patient told us that he or she was “floating on air,” we definitely wanted to measure their distance from the ground. We settled for taking copious notes instead.

Dental Work Brings Jump-for-Joy Results

Like you, the team at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology is more accustomed to hearing dental work portrayed as an activity they dread most in life – as in, “I’d rather go to the dentist than do such-and-such.”

We know full well the benefits that patients enjoy after undergoing even the most minor dental treatment (like whitening) or more involved procedures, such as dental implants, gum reshaping, or laser therapy. So hearing a satisfied patient enumerate the benefits is information we think is worth passing along to other people who may be procrastinating dental work, too.

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The Benefits of Dental Work Are Worth Smiling About

  • Dental work can free you from the “weight” of procrastination. You know that feeling; you carry it around every single day you put off dental work, pointing to every reason (and excuse) to wait. Once that weight is gone, you may “float on air,” too.
  • Dental work can free you from any self-conscious habits you’ve developed, such as covering your mouth with your hand as you talk or grinning instead of smiling.
  • Dental work can give you greater, fuller use of your ability to chew and even talk clearly and be understood fully.
  • Dental work can minimize future dental expenses since dental problems never get better on their own and usually intensify over time.
  • Dental work can improve your appearance.
  • Dental work can improve your dental hygiene since people with dental problems sometimes are afraid to exacerbate the problem by brushing and flossing.
  • Dental work can bolster your self-esteem and confidence, giving you a lift in your personal life and your professional life. When you look better and feel better, it shows – and people notice.
  • Dental work can help prevent gum disease and advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis.
  • Dental work can improve your overall sense of health and well-being.
  • Dental work can free you from any pain or discomfort you’ve been living with every day – and that may even have awakened you in the middle of the night.

Revel in These Results from a Highly Regarded Periodontist

Of course, none of these results would be possible if patients didn’t place their complete trust and confidence in Dr. Sevor. He is both a dentist and periodontist, which means he specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. He also performs a full range of dental procedures – from the whitening that lights up people’s smiles throughout central Florida to periodontal surgery that can transform their lives.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Dr. Sevor is well known and highly respected among his peers because he:

  • Is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
  • Has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on the subject of periodontics and dental implants
  • Has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on periodontics and implants
  • Is the first periodontal specialist to bring the FDA-approved and patented laser periodontal therapy protocol to central Florida

He opened Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology in 1997, surrounding himself with a staff that is as dedicated to superior dental care – and unparalleled customer service – as he is. Together, they always go the extra mile – and are especially delighted to measure the inches when an overjoyed dental patient leaves the office floating on air.

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4 Periodontal Procedures That Leave Your Mouth Looking Beautiful

You may have noticed how many women are fastidious about their appearance. They get their hair done. They get their nails done. They wear makeup and touch it up throughout the day because they don’t want to look un-done.

At the end, they look usually look great. And so they’ll agree with those people who muse, “Ah, the things you have to do look beautiful.”

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A Beautiful Smile Requires a Time Investment, Too

The same logic applies to teeth. Sometimes, regular brushing and flossing isn’t enough to leave people – both women and men – with the winning smile they want to look and feel better.

This is why the most skilled cosmetic dentist in central Florida, Dr. Jeffrey Sevor, offers a range of cosmetic periodontal procedures. While they require a bit more time and inconvenience than a regular beauty regimen, the result is largely the same: confidence that makes it easy to smile.

Four periodontal procedures are most common among women and men who desire a healthy, winning smile:

Gum Grafting for Gum Recession

When gums recede, the tissue surrounding the teeth gradually pulls away. The process is usually so slow that patients don’t notice it until the condition is well under way. Gum recession may not look the best, but the potential consequences can be serious and include bone and tooth decay.

Gum grafting addresses this condition by attaching healthy tissue (often taken from the roof of the patient’s mouth) to the damaged tissue. The process reinforces the receding area, reinforcing it and blunting future gum recession.

Gum Reshaping for Abnormal Gums

You may know gum reshaping by another term: gum contouring. Many people use the terms interchangeably, and the procedures are similar. It’s the tools that are different; reshaping is done with a laser and contouring is achieved with a scalpel.

Essentially, gum reshaping is an aesthetic procedure – one that improves the look of gums that may have developed abnormally on their own or swelled because of certain medications. This “gummy” look can be easily tamed with gum reshaping.

Crown Lengthening for a High Gum Line

Some patients who seek a remedy for a “gummy” look believe their teeth are too short. In reality, their teeth are of average length and the look is caused by unusually high gum lines.

For them, crown lengthening is the proper solution. During this surgical procedure, the patient’s bone and gum tissue are reshaped so that more of the natural tooth (or teeth) are exposed. Sometimes, crown lengthening is undertaken to make another dental procedure possible, such as the addition of a crown or bridge.

Ridge Preservation for Tooth and Bone Loss

Jaw bones grow strong with use. But once teeth are extracted or lost because of decay, the bone mass deteriorates, leaving a narrow ridge of bone.

Ridge preservation addresses this problem by reinforcing the jaw bone with bone material to blunt future deterioration and to provide support for replacement teeth.

Dr. Sevor Knows: Fear of the Unknown Is Scary

Some of these procedures may sound intimidating and even scary, which is understandable if you’re facing one of them for the first time. To calm this fear, it should help you to know that these procedures are:

  • Commonplace, if not routine
  • Only temporarily uncomfortable – a fleeting state that most patients agree is well worth the result: a healthy and fabulous smile
  • Always capably and efficiently handled by Dr. Sevor. He is well known for being the first periodontal specialist to bring the FDA-approved and patented laser periodontal therapy protocol to central Florida. This distinction places him head and shoulders above his peers. And his caring attitude, gentle touch and compassion place him in high demand among Floridians who put their dental care in the hands of only the best.

Are you ready to learn more about the cosmetic procedures offered at Central Florida Periodontics? Get in touch with us today to find out how you can get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

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When Is Periodontal Surgery Necessary?

What Is Periodontal Surgery?

Periodontal surgery is performed for the purpose of restoring the normal function of the gums, the bone, and the ligament that provide support for the teeth. As a result, it is not a single procedure so much as a collection of them with the same purpose, with common examples ranging from the removal of tartar to the placement of implants. It is important to note that periodontal surgery is not meant to cure periodontal disease but to create the conditions of success for other treatments, meaning that it is but one part of the solution.

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Why Is Periodontal Surgery So Important?

In brief, bacteria can build up with surprising speed in the mouth, so much so that the bacterial film called plaque can return within no more than a matter of hours following brushing. This process becomes even faster once the plaque has hardened into tartar, which provides bacteria with the perfect surfaces to build up on. As a result, people should see their dentists on a regular basis for the teeth cleaning needed to remove the tartar that consumer tools and products struggle with.

When people fail to get their teeth cleaned on a regular basis, their immune system starts to respond to the presence of bacteria in a destructive manner that does more harm than good. For example, the gums become inflamed once the bacteria reaches below the gum-line, which will cause the seal formed around the teeth to loosen. This results in the formation of a pocket between the gums and the teeth, resulting in even worse inflammation from the further proliferation of bacteria. With sufficient time, it is possible for the bacteria to start affecting the alveolar bone and periodontal ligament, resulting in the destruction of the supporting structures with catastrophic consequences for the person’s teeth.

Fortunately, peridontal surgery can be used to either repair or replace the tissues that have been lost up to the point of medical intervention, while other treatments can be used to remove the source of the problem and reduce the chances of a recurrence in the future. Summed up, people are not helpless to protect themselves from periodontal disease so long as they pay a visit to their dentist when they need to do so.

When Is Peridontal Surgery Necessary?

If you notice potential signs of a serious problem such as inflamed gums, receding gums, and loose teeth, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. This way, you can get a diagnosis of your condition as well as a professional recommendation for how to proceed from that point on.

Sometimes, this will mean periodontal surgery plus other treatments. Other times, this will call for nothing more than a teeth cleaning to correct the potential issue before it can turn into a serious problem. Whatever the case, you should listen to your dentist, who will have the relevant expertise and experience needed to provide you with the best advice about your condition.

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Interested in the services of a skilled and reliable dentist in Central Florida? Please contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about Jeffrey J. Savor, DMD and how he can help you with your dental problems.

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Everything You Need to Know About Bite Adjustment

What Is Bite Adjustment?

Like its name suggests, bite adjustment is a series of periodontics procedures used to create a more comfortable fit when the patient is biting down. In most cases, these procedures involve changes to the teeth, whereas changes to the joints are reserved for cases when the cartilage has become either torn or otherwise injured in some manner.

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Why Is Bite Adjustment So Important?

Bite adjustment is important because a bad bite increases the stress put on the parts of the mouth used in a biting motion. For some people, this means much increased wear and tear on their teeth, which can culminate in cracks and even more serious problems. In contrast, other people will suffer from joint pains and muscle spasms. It is interesting that men tend to suffer more from damage to their teeth while women tend to suffer more from damage to their joints, but it is important to note that neither kind of problem is exclusive to either sex.

In fact, a bad bite is something that can affect patients of all backgrounds. This is because while some cases of a bad bite have inherited causes, other cases of the same are caused by trauma to the parts of the mouth used in a biting motion. As a result, people should watch out for potential problems with their bite so that they can pay a visit to their dentist as soon as possible should something happen.

What Can You Expect From a Bite Adjustment?

The periodontics procedures used to change a person’s bite can be both short-term and long-term in nature. For example, the simplest and most straightforward method involves shaping the cutting and chewing surfaces of the teeth, which comes with minimal complications.

However, there are times when there is so much shaping of the teeth needed to create a comfortable fit that it might be better to make changes to the other parts of the mouth used in a biting motion. Sometimes, this means the use of braces. Other times, this means the use of surgical periodontics procedures in order to change the relevant joints.

Whatever the case, these interventions come with a lot more complications, not least because further rounds of refinements will be needed to ensure a comfortable fit following the surgical procedures.

Reach Out Today!

Those who are experiencing discomfort when biting down should contact us at their earliest convenience for the dental expertise and experience needed to come up with the optimal periodontics procedures solutions for their problems. Better still, we specialize in periodontics, meaning that we can help them with their need for periodontics procedures as well.

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7 Benefits of Using Laser Therapy for Periodontal Disease

Nearly one in four Americans suffer from some level of gum deterioration, ranging from gum line recession to gingivitis to periodontitis. The effects begin with soreness of the gums and minor bleeding but ultimately can lead to dangerous infections, tooth loss, and a general decline in overall health and wellness.

Clearly, periodontal disease should be taken seriously and treated promptly. In the past, scaling and root planing and gum flap surgery were the only major treatment methods. But today, laser periodontal surgery is gaining acceptance as a beneficial alternative.

When performed by an experienced periodontist, laser periodontal therapy has many benefits and advantages over other treatment methods. Here are the main points in its favor:

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1. Less Gum Tissue Is Lost

Lasers are simply more precise than manual instruments and are capable of targeting infected areas of your gums with little affect on surrounding tissues. It is a less invasive surgery that requires less cutting and results in less loss of periodontal tissue.

2. Bleeding Is Immediately Controlled

Not only is there less bleeding in laser periodontal surgery, but the laser immediately cauterizes areas where infected gum tissue has just been removed or vaporized. This means what little bleeding could occur will stop almost immediately.

3. The Laser Is Highly “Flexible”

The laser tools used in periodontal surgery can be easily adjusted as to intensity and wavelength so as to ideally suit each type of periodontal surgery. And the same can be done during a single surgery, if different parts of your gums require different “handling.”

4. Recovery Time Is Shorter

In most cases, your gums will heal much faster following laser surgery than after more traditional methods of treating gum disease. While there may be a little soreness temporarily, it will soon pass, and your mouth will be “back to normal” again.

5. Laser Periodontal Surgery Is Affordable

The cost of laser-assisted periodontal surgery is often the same or less than that of non-laser techniques. While the equipment is more expensive, less medication is needed and fewer trips to the dentist’s office. And your dental insurance will likely cover laser therapy as fully as alternative procedures.

6. Laser Therapy Can Assist in Scaling and Planing

Even if the condition of your teeth and gums requires some use of traditional scaling and root planing, lasers can also be used. As an adjunct method, laser therapy can make the process smoother and the results more effective.

7. Cavities Can Be Removed at the Same Time

If you have cavities that need to be removed besides periodontal problems, your periodontist can use the same laser for both purposes. The laser will very precisely cut away the damaged tooth material, and less of your natural tooth will be lost in the process. As gum disease often leads to tooth decay, many patients suffer from both — why not correct both problems at the same time?

While there is still a place for older methods of treating periodontal disease, modern laser-based surgery usually can do a better job, causing less pain, and at no greater expense. Laser periodontal surgery has many benefits and works well on all forms of gum disease.

To learn more about laser periodontal surgery or to schedule a dental appointment in the Orlando Area, contact Dr. Jeffrey J. Sevor at either his Winter Park or Winter Springs location.