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The Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery

Laser technology is still relatively new, but it has allowed for huge advancements in a number of fields, including the dental field. For example, laser gum surgery is becoming a popular option for patients who suffer from periodontal disease.

What Is Laser Gum Surgery?

Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is an infection in the teeth’s supporting tissues and the bone that holds the teeth in place. There are several things that cause periodontal disease, including poor oral hygiene, genetic susceptibility, chronic illnesses, and smoking.

The traditional non-surgical method for treating periodontal disease is through a process called scaling and root planing. This process involves the cleaning of the surfaces of the teeth as well as their roots, which are sometimes exposed as a result of gum recession. Scaling and root planing helps to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that has built up on the gums surrounding the root and helps to promote the healthy regeneration of gum tissue.

For more serious cases, gum flap surgery can be performed. This surgical procedure involves the gum tissue being cut and flapped back so that the area around the roots can be cleaned. The gum tissue is sutured back following the procedure.

Laser technology has allowed for an alternative to these two traditional methods. Laser gum surgery is a process in which a laser is used to access and remove diseased gum tissue surrounding the roots. Following the removal of the infected tissue, the plaque and tartar that has built up can be removed through scaling.

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The Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery

While traditional methods of dealing with periodontal disease are effective, you might want to consider laser gum surgery instead. The following are a few of the advantages to undergoing laser gum surgery:

  • Laser gum surgery is less invasive – Laser surgery will remove the need for cutting into the gums. As a result, sutures aren’t needed following the procedure either.
  • Laser gum surgery results in less discomfort – Because laser gum surgery is less invasive and won’t involve any cutting, there will be less pain involved during or following the surgery. There will also be less bleeding and swelling as a result.
  • Laser gum surgery is more efficient – Traditional procedures often require up to four hour-long sessions in addition to subsequent visits to remove the sutures and to do basic check-ups. Laser gum surgery generally only takes two two-hour sessions to complete in addition to basic follow-up appointments.
  • Laser gum surgery has a faster recovery time – It can take less than 24 hours to recover fully from laser gum surgery, whereas more traditional procedures can require between two and four weeks to heal completely.
  • Laser gum surgery requires fewer diet restrictions – While a soft diet might be recommended for a couple of days, you’ll generally be able to eat whatever you want within a short time after the procedure. This is a direct result of the fast recovery time.
  • Laser gum surgery offers more precision – The use of lasers allows for more precision and accuracy than the use of cutting tools.
  • Laser gum surgery requires no general anesthetic – Other surgical dental procedures typically require some kind of anesthetic. Because of how noninvasive laser surgery is, there’s no need for a general anesthetic to be administered.

As you can see, there are many benefits to laser gum surgery. If you are suffering from periodontal disease or have the symptoms of periodontal disease, be sure to contact us at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology for more information about the periodontal disease procedures that we offer, including laser gum surgery.

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How to Know if You Need Dental Implants

The American Dental Association recently found that 5.5 million dental implants are performed by trained dental and implant professionals in the United States every year.

That number is only going to grow since there are an estimated 35 million Americans missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. Age in itself is a serious predictor of how many teeth someone is likely to be missing and as Americans, our nation is getting older.

Fortunately, there’s a way to seriously take control of your dental health with amazing cosmetic procedures like titanium-supported dental implants. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that an increasing share of dentists are undertaking training to learn this exciting new technique and share it with eligible patients.

What you should know is that implants are safe, relatively affordable, compatible with dental sedation, and continue to have an amazing track record. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reported well over 98% of implant procedures are an unqualified success.

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Dental Implants? See Dr. Sevor for a Special Evaluation!

To get outfitted with titanium-supported dental implants that work with and actually stimulate your jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration, you should consult with Dr. Sevor and his staff today.

Only a special evaluation process can determine whether implants would be the right fit for you. It might be the best decision you ever made.

Dr. Sevor and his friendly staff will look at your medical history and determine whether you’re a good candidate.

A key consideration is whether your supporting jawbone is robust enough to support your implants. That’s the reason that your special evaluation with Dr. Sevor features a radiologic exam—so that Dr. Sevor can detect what’s going on under the tooth in the jaw bone (a.k.a., the mandible).

  • Two types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal

The prefix -endo means “within” and the prefix “-sub” means below. In this case, endosteal dental implants are implants that are inserted into the jawbone itself—this is the most popular kind of dental implant since it provides you with such stability and reliability for years to come.

The other kind of dental implant, subperiosteal dental implants, are placed under your gum line yet above your jawbone. This kind of dental implant is far less common and used for implant candidates who come to Dr. Sevor with a shallower jawbone that can’t be fortified to support endosteal dental implants.

  • Healthy gums and a strong jawbone are huge pluses

So, a strong jawbone and compatible medical history are definite pluses on the road to receiving your implants. Healthy gums are also important because your gums support your teeth.

Inflammatory conditions like gum disease or more progressed periodontal disease can create barriers to candidacy.

Why? Because the gum tissue might not be healthy enough to fully support your implants and your recovery time could be impaired if you’re suffering from other medical conditions. (Gum disease and medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can often go together.)

  • General health is also very important

The American Dental Association says that if you have healthy gums, a strong jawbone, and robust general health then you very likely should be a candidate for titanium-supported dental implants.

Candidates should ideally be free from major diseases since this can affect your healing time following the first stage of your implants. Conditions like diabetes or immune system disorders can adversely affect your body’s ability to heal and integrate your new implants.

The good news is that a high percentage of candidates check off all three boxes and are ready to reap all the benefits.

If you’re ready to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, reach out to us at Central Florida Periodontics today!

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Bone Grafting Procedure from Start to Finish

For anyone out there who are missing one or more of their teeth, nothing really beats titanium-based dental implants for looks, durability, and convenience. Dental implants function as good or better than your regular teeth and don’t have to be removed daily and cleaned in the same way as dentures.

For the right candidate—who’s in good overall health with a healthy immune system and whose gums are healthy enough for dental implants—dental implants can be the best decision that you ever made.

Some patients, though, really want dental implants but their jaw bones aren’t hard or thick enough to support dental implants for years to come. It’s important that your jaw bone be able to support dental implants and, fortunately, a bone grafting procedure could help patients do just that.

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Understanding Bone Grafting and Dental Implants

So, what exactly is a bone graft procedure and why is it studied and used in practice by implant dentists and oral surgeons?

In the broader medical world, bone grafts are used for a variety of issues. Typically, bone grafts are used by surgeons to treat problems with bones or joints that have undergone some kind of trauma. Bone grafting in general simply means that you’re transplanting bone tissue from one area of your body to another.

In the case of dental implants, the idea is to use a small section of your own bone or a durable synthetic material (very common, these days) to implant into your jaw bone in order to strengthen it.

The Three Phases of Dental Implants

At Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology, dental implants usually follow a three-phase process: Consultation to determine your eligibility, placing the implants into the patient’s jawbone, and a few months later a healing collar and the patient’s new teeth can be attached to the implants.

The one imponderable is how long the patient’s jawbone takes to recover from phase two—this could take anywhere from, in most cases, three to six months. Fortifying the jawbone and getting it healthy enough for a shorter turnaround is what bone grafting is all about.

Strengthening the jaw bone for dental implants might mean bone grafting. Minor bone grafting can sometimes be done on the same occasion as your implant procedure, but that depends on how strong the patient’s jaw bone is initially.

Brief Recovery Time for New Bone to Build

Patients who need more extensive bone grafting might need to wait three months or more for jawbone to sufficiently strengthen and be able to support dental implants. It takes time for both the new bone to grow where it has been transplanted and, once your implants are installed, for osseointegration to take place between the supporting posts and your own jawbone.

The dental implants that Dr. Sevor predominately uses in this context are known as endosteal implants that go directly into your jawbone for more stability. Bone grafting works to strengthen the jawbone so that the metal cylinders that are eventually inserted into the jawbone will be strong enough to support the abutment piece that will hold your implant in place.

In the same way that your home needs a strong foundation, you need a strong jawbone to support endosteal implants. Bone grafting is one way to fortify that area and make permanent dental implants a real possibility for patients whose jawbones would otherwise be too slender or soft to support implants.

The end goal of a bone graft procedure is to create a strong enough jawbone to support dental implants. To find out if you’re a candidate, contact Dr. Sevor’s friendly staff today!

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5 Cosmetic Procedures for a Beautiful Mouth for Any Occasion

Porcelain veneers, dental bonding with resin materials, and crowns are still some of the most requested cosmetic dental procedures by patients.

More patients, though, are inquiring about periodontal and implantology procedures like dental implants and gum reshaping to provide them with a sharper appearance, more confidence, and greater ease while doing things like eating and chewing.

These procedures are quicker and more comfortable than sometimes initially thought. You can always request sedation before and during your procedure, and using state-of-the-art lasers to carry out laser gum surgeries means less discomfort and quicker healing times.

The technology behind dental implants is progressing by leaps and bounds. The resins used in dental bonding and porcelain veneers are becoming stronger and more natural looking, making these options great choices for those looking into cosmetic procedures.

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Dental Implants 

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that over 30 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both of their jaws. That’s a large number and it’s only growing. About half that number of Americans have crowns and bridges to address large gaps or missing teeth.

Enter dental implants. The success rate for dental implants is astoundingly high at over 98% and the pain can be lessened with the use of sedatives and anesthesia—both given and monitored by a trained professional.

Dental implants are typically supported by titanium posts, and today’s titanium-supported dental implants are considered the only dental restorative treatment that actually benefits and stimulates your supporting bone structure.

A consultation is necessary before undergoing more progressive cosmetic procedures like dental implants. A dental and radiologic exam at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology is the first step to a dramatically improved smile that lasts!

Gum Reshaping

A lot of people refrain from smiling in pictures or feel like they’re holding a piece of themselves back around company because they have a smile that they feel is too gummy. Sometimes your gums can feel like they’re just not contoured perfectly or you feel you have an uneven gum line in certain areas.

Dr. Sevor and his experienced, caring staff at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology can help correct all of these gum issues.

Gum reshaping employs the latest advances in laser technology to gently correct gum issues and contour your gums in a way that’s effective yet safe and on the comfortable side for most patients.

Tooth Reshaping

Tooth reshaping is sometimes called dental contouring because it allows a dentist the chance to subtly mold certain teeth so that they’re not putting undue stress on other teeth.

Chips, overlapping, unusually oriented teeth, or teeth that are shaped abnormally could all be candidates for perhaps the quickest and most affordable of all popular dental cosmetic procedures.

Braces and Invisalign 

Both braces and aligners like Invisalign are examples of bite adjustment cosmetic procedures.

Braces are typically made from metal or ceramic and feature brackets that are securely yet safely bonded to your teeth. A wire then is allowed to fit through your brace’s brackets in order to more perfectly align your teeth.

The end result is often a much more aesthetically pleasing smile and less wear-and-tear damage to your teeth over time.

As your teeth receive correction for underbites, overbites, or spacing issues with braces or Invisalign, there’s far less stress put on your teeth when you eat and chew food.

Scaling and Root Planing

Your gums play a major role in supporting your teeth and giving you a dazzling smile. Scaling and root planing are two cosmetic procedures that make use of modern technology (e.g., ultrasonic scalers) and can help patients take control of their gum health.

For more information about cosmetic procedures for your mouth and to find out which one is the right choice for you, reach out to the professionals at Central Florida Periodontics today!


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Payment in a Cinch: Why Financing Is Easier Than You Think

Dental implants are becoming a real option for more people in Central Florida. Statistics show that dental implants have a success rate of 98% or higher and that titanium-based dental implants provide years of benefits for patients. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that over three million Americans have already chosen dental implant treatment and that another half-million are doing so each and every year!

With dental implant treatment, laser periodontal therapy, and bite adjustment procedures patients are understandably concerned about their financing options. In other words, you want to know how much this is all going to cost. Fortunately, at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology you can rest assured that you’re getting the best quality care, professional yet friendly, at an affordable price.

Dr. Sevor’s office accepts many different forms of payment including major credit cards, cash, personal checks, and money orders. In addition, you can choose to pay in two different kinds of ways—you can pay once at the time of your treatment or, alternatively, go with an extended payment plan. The extended payment plan that Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology uses is called Care Credit, and it can make financing much easier than you might at first think.

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Extended Payment Plan with Care Credit 

Extended payment plans are designed for the needs of patients who require one or more visits to complete their periodontal or implant treatment. More than one visit is not unusual at all for dental implants, so an extended payment plan might be an option worth considering if you’re a candidate for titanium-based dental implants and have consulted with Dr. Sevor about your medical history and candidacy for dental implants already.

For treatments that require extended visits, like periodontal surgeries or dental implants, Care Credit might be an option worth exploring. Care Credit is a healthcare credit card that’s designed specifically for the health and wellness needs of patients in the 21st century. Care Credit is a way to pay for multiple visits to your periodontist with one manageable monthly payment. Dr. Sevor’s office accepts Care Credit, and you’ll find Care Credit accepted by nearly a quarter-million suppliers of healthcare services nationwide.

Personal Loans and Credit Cards Options 

The nice thing about taking out a personal loan to pay for your treatment is that you can work with your bank to spread out the repayment. Banks and credit unions are usually more than willing to work with people who need a quick financial lift. They’ll work with you to find the repayment schedule and monthly repayment amount that works for your needs and the needs of your family. You’ll get upfront interest rates that won’t balloon as long as you continue to make your payments on time as your progress through your multiple periodontal visits.

Dr. Sevor’s Office Works with PPO Insurers 

Much of the time, you can cover some or all of your periodontal treatment with a preferred provider organization (PPO). That’s the kind of insurance that Dr. Sevor’s office accepts. At this time Dr. Sevor’s practice does not accept HMO or DMO insurance, although those might help you defray the cost of other dental procedures. Dr. Sevor’s practice does accept most kinds of PPO insurance, though, and insurance coordinators can help ensure that your periodontal or implant services are covered.

The professionals at Central Florida Periodontal and Implantology can also work directly with PPO insurers to get your claim filed and attempt to get the highest amount of coverage available. There are really a lot of options out there for paying for your upcoming dental implant treatment. Contact Dr. Sevor to find out more.

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Oral Hygiene Tips for a Beautiful, Healthy Smile

You know that the health of your mouth and teeth is important to you. Your smile says a lot about who you are, and without proper oral hygiene, that smile might be something that you’re embarrassed about. Taking care of your teeth doesn’t have to be a monumental challenge, though.

With some basic oral hygiene tips to guide you, making sure you have a healthy mouth is something you can do. Whether you’re trying to break bad habits or you just want the best possible teeth you can have, the right oral care routine can help you achieve your goal.

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Brush After Meals

The fact that you need to brush your teeth regularly isn’t one of the oral hygiene tips that will shock you. You already know that you’re supposed to be brushing your teeth regularly to prevent decay and keep your teeth pearly white.

What many people don’t know is that brushing after each meal really is your best bet for optimal dental health. Whenever possible, you should aim to brush your teeth about 30 minutes after eating a meal, especially if it contained sugar, citrus, or other foods that can be damaging to teeth.

Brushing when you’re at home should be easy, but keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste at work can make this task possible too. A small overnight bag for toiletries should fit easily into your desk or day bag at work.

Don’t Forget the Floss

Some dentists will tell you that if they had to pick between brushing and flossing in order of importance, they would choose flossing every single time. That’s because flossing helps to remove food particles that can get stuck between your teeth, causing decay and plaque buildup very quickly. Luckily for you, you don’t have to choose between brushing and flossing – you just have to remember to floss.

Aiming to floss your teeth after meals is a noble goal, but most of the time simply flossing once or twice per day – especially before bed – can help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. By combining tooth brushing with flossing, this is one of those oral hygiene tips that you absolutely must heed if you want a bright white smile and healthy teeth for years to come.

Get Regular Cleanings

Your dentist has probably told you 1,000 times that getting regular cleanings is a major key toward having a healthy mouth. That doesn’t mean you go as often as you should or that you don’t put cleanings off because they aren’t as fun as some other activities.

To maintain a beautiful, healthy smile, you should be going to your dentist for cleanings approximately once every six months. If you have diabetes or other health issues, visiting more often is one of the best oral hygiene tips you can take to heart.

Getting regular cleanings does more than just keep your teeth looking their best, though. They also help ensure that you don’t end up in pain or with major dental bills down the road.

Taking care of your teeth isn’t an impossible challenge, and for the most part, doing it right is just about creating a routine that works and sticking with it. After all, oral hygiene tips like brushing and flossing regularly aren’t exactly new.

It’s how you do it that really matters. Use these oral hygiene tips to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth. Don’t forget to make an appointment with your dentist at Central Florida Periodontics for your next cleaning either!

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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.