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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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Toothache? It May Be More Serious Than You Think

More often than not, it strikes you as a quick, fleeting pain—jarring you to the reality that something might be wrong—before it disappears. Invariably, the pain returns. When it does, it can be minor to severe, which might indicate gum disease, and it can be intermittent or pack a more sustained punch. But how would you describe it? Most often, you can tell you have a toothache if you feel:

  • A throbbing pain around a tooth or gum
  • An achy, tender feeling around a tooth or gum
  • A sharp, stinging pain when you touch a tooth or gum
  • A shocking pain when you bite down or chew
  • Heightened sensitivity to cold or hot beverages and food

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Answer the Warning Signs of Gum Disease with a Dental Appointment

A toothache can be accompanied by a fever, too, which prompts many people to take an over-the-counter remedy. This may be a fine temporary solution, but it is no substitute for making an appointment with central Florida’s most trusted and skilled dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Sevor.

A toothache is your body’s way of sending a cry for help, since it almost always is a sign that something is wrong with a tooth or your gums. Left untreated, a toothache will only get worse and trigger more pain, especially if it is traced to one of these seven serious causes:

Conditions That Could Be Causing Your Toothache

  • Cause 1: Gum disease, distinguished by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Treating this and the most advanced stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, is Dr. Sevor’s specialty. He has earned the distinction of being the first periodontal specialist to bring an FDA-approved, patented laser periodontal therapy protocol to central Florida.
  • Cause 2: Gum recession or detachment, a direct consequence of gum disease. When the roots of a tooth become exposed, they become hyper-sensitive to extreme temperatures and sour and acidic food and beverages.
  • Cause 3: Tooth decay, which first infiltrates the outer coating of a tooth (the enamel) before penetrating the inner layer (the dentin). A decaying tooth is usually highly sensitive.
  • Cause 4: Tooth abscess, when tooth decay reaches to the root and infects the tissue. Like gum disease, this condition can lead to bone and tissue loss and so should be treated without delay.
  • Cause 5: Tooth fracture, which can vary in size from a small chip to a large crack. If the fracture has reached the nerve endings, you’ll know it: the pain can be excruciating. Often caused by a fall or other injury, a tooth fracture also can be caused by biting into a very hard or very sticky food.
  • Cause 6: Misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth, which feel as painful as they sound, as teeth either press against each other or struggle to push through the gum line. Here, a vicious cycle can begin if bacteria takes advantage of this compromised state and then triggers gum disease.
  • Cause 7: Damaged filling or dental sealants, which serve as a buffer for fractures, pits, and grooves. When this buffer has eroded, you’ll also know it: the pain can range from a dull, throbbing ache to a sharp shooting pain. Only a dental appointment will spare your tooth further damage—and you further pain.

As serious as these seven conditions are, they are treatable. And they can be expertly treated by Dr. Sevor at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology. Make an appointment and he will give you the benefit of a careful and thorough examination for gum disease before returning you to a pain-free state.

Since he is known for going the extra mile for his patients, Dr. Sevor also will educate you about good oral hygiene practices so that you can remain proactive about toothaches that could be the result of gum disease in the future.

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What is Scaling and Root Planing and Why It’s Important to Know

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Plaque is the biofilm of bacteria that can be found clinging to the front of the teeth, the back of the teeth, the spaces between the teeth, and other surfaces throughout the human mouth. Over time, it hardens into tartar, which speeds up the formation of more plaque by providing the bacteria with perfect surfaces to cling to. This is a serious problem, because their presence is responsible for causing cavities and other oral diseases.

As a result, a routine visit to the dentist comes with a professional teeth cleaning session designed to remove as much of the build-up as possible for better oral health.

However, there are times when this is not enough. For example, plaque on the gumline can cause the gums to swell, which makes them less and less effective as a seal from the outside. As vertical space starts opening up between the gums and the teeth, plaque can start forming in these pockets, which can lead to a worsening of existing symptoms as well as an eventual case of bone loss. This occurs when the bacteria starts interfering with the cells that are responsible for building and breaking down the substance. When this happens, the solution is scaling and root planing.

Often called deep cleaning, scaling and root planing starts with cleaning the plaque and tartar off of the teeth, which includes the portion that can be found in the pockets situated below the gumline. This is followed by the dentist scaling the root surface to smooth out rough areas so that the gums can reattach to the teeth for a better seal. Sometimes, scaling and root planing can be completed in a single session, but more serious cases may require multiple sessions for thorough results.

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Why Is Scaling and Root Planing So Important?

Scaling and root planing is important for preventing periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss when enough of the alveolar bone that holds them in place has been lost.

However, it should be noted that the presence of bacteria in the pockets can cause a whole host of other unpleasant symptoms, which include but are not limited to bad breath, tender gums, and bleeding gums after brushing or flossing the teeth. By having this procedure done, patients can provide their gums with the chance to heal, which will not only prevent bone loss but will also eliminate these symptoms for the time being—something that can make for a significant upswing in their personal well-being.

Why Do You Need a Skilled and Experienced Dentist For Scaling and Root Planing?

It is important to note that people in need of this procedure should seek out someone who is both skilled and experienced. After all, the stakes are serious—meaning that you will want someone who is capable of providing their patients with thorough results on a consistent basis. Furthermore, since the procedure can be unpleasant when the oral disease has progressed past a certain point, you will want someone who can administer local anesthesia as needed to make sure that the process proceeds as smoothly as possible.

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If you suspect that your mouth could benefit from scaling and root planing or some other dental procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology at your earliest convenience. By making sure that your teeth are in good condition sooner rather than later, you can continue to count on them for the foreseeable future.

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7 Signs It’s Time to See a Periodontal Specialist

There’s a reason you’ve been told to brush and floss every day. If you don’t, you risk developing gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. This happens when the plaque and tartar on your teeth result in the growth of bacteria that causes the inflammation of your gums.

If gingivitis isn’t treated, it can develop into periodontitis. When this occurs, the gums begin pulling away from your teeth, causing spaces to form that can easily become infected. If periodontitis isn’t treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support your teeth can be destroyed and the teeth may need to be removed.

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7 Signs You Should See a Periodontal Specialist

If you are showing signs of periodontitis, then you should schedule an appointment with a periodontal specialist right away to prevent potentially serious damage to your gums and teeth. The following are seven signs that you should see a periodontal specialist as soon as you can:

1. Your Gums Are Swollen or Red

One of the first signs that you might be developing periodontitis is red or swollen gums.

2. Your Gums Are Bleeding

In addition to a swollen or red appearance, your gums may begin bleeding. If you are developing periodontitis, then this will happen more often than not when you are brushing or flossing your teeth.

3. You Have Chronic Bad Breath

If you have a sour or unpleasant taste in your mouth more often than you don’t—and if it seems to come back no matter how often you brush your teeth or rinse with mouthwash—there’s likely bacterial buildup along with the toxins the bacteria produce.

4. It Hurts to Chew or Eat

If you’re experiencing pain in your teeth when you chew or eat, you most likely have advanced periodontitis. The pain is most likely a result of an infection around your tooth root that’s caused by bacteria. It will hurt to chew or eat when you have such an infection because of the pressure that you’re putting on the affected area.

5. Your Teeth Are Shifting or Crooked

This means that your teeth are loose or weak, which can happen when the roots of your teeth have been affected.

6. Your Teeth Are Sensitive to Temperature

If your teeth are sensitive to extreme temperatures, such as when you eat hot soup or bite into an ice cream cone, then there’s a chance that the root of your affected tooth has been affected by periodontitis. There’s a good chance that this sensitivity is a result of the tooth’s root being exposed due to receding gums.

7. You Have Diabetes

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, it could be a result of periodontitis. This is because an infection can cause your body to stop using insulin properly, which in turn can lead to diabetes. Diabetes can worsen your gum issues as well since it makes you more prone to infections.

If you notice any of these seven signs, then you may have periodontitis—or be on your way to developing periodontitis. A periodontal specialist can diagnose the problem and help prevent any issues from growing worse. If you need to see a periodontal specialist, then be sure to contact us at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology today.

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Five Things to Expect with Periodontal Care

Periodontal diseases are relatively common diseases of the mouth, causing anything from inflammation of the gums to serious damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Periodontal diseases develop when a person experiences a buildup of plaque and tartar that isn’t treated. This can result in gingivitis, which if left untreated, will often develop into a periodontal disease.

Fortunately, we offer expert periodontic services here at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology. Following are five things that you can expect with periodontal care:

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1. Regular Personal Care

Regular brushing and flossing is required in order to prevent periodontal diseases from developing. A dental care professional will make sure that you regularly brush and floss properly following any periodontal work in order to prevent the problem from occurring again.

By brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you’ll remove calculus and plaque, which contribute to the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria is what causes periodontal diseases to develop in the first place. Even though many people do floss regularly, some do not do it effectively.

A good dental care professional will show you how to floss your teeth properly in order to effectively remove any plaque buildup. There are also a number of risk factors that dental care professionals will recommend that you avoid, such as smoking.

2. Professional Cleanings

A regular, professional cleaning is recommended to ensure that built-up plaque is removed, thereby reducing the risk of developing periodontal diseases.

3. X-Rays

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with periodontal diseases, such as foul breath that won’t go away even after regular brushing, bleeding gums, swelling in the gums, pain caused by chewing, loose or sensitive teeth, or receding gums, then the dental care professional will take an X-ray to determine if you’ve experienced any bone loss, which is an advanced symptom of periodontal disease and would require a surgical procedure to repair.

4. Scaling and Root Planning

If you have periodontal disease, but it’s not serious and you haven’t experienced bone loss, then you may undergo scaling and root planing, which is a common, non-surgical form of periodontal therapy. It’s an effective periodontic services treatment for anyone in the early stages of periodontal disease.

Basically, scaling and root planing is a more advanced version of a professional periodontic services cleaning, in which the periodontist cleans the teeth thoroughly to the roots and the surrounding gums. This is done by using specialized tools to scrape the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Root planing involves smoothing of the surfaces of your teeth to reduce the risk of plaque and tartar buildup.

5. Laser Gum Surgery

Laser gum surgery is recommended for advanced stages of periodontal disease. However, it is an effective treatment at any stage. Lasers are used to remove diseased tissue. Laser surgery is more beneficial than traditional surgery because it gives the periodontist more control. This means that less healthy tissue will be removed and the patient will experience less bleeding, pain, and swelling, as well as faster healing time.

Once the lasers are used to remove diseased gum tissue and any surrounding bacteria, the doctor will then close the gum pocket, thereby preventing new germs from entering.

Make an Appointment for Periodontic Services

These are five of the things that you can expect when it comes our professional periodontic services. For more information about our periodontic services, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today by contacting us at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology.

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Do You Need Periodontal Treatment? Four Things to Consider

When you visit a periodontist for periodontal treatment, you’re really in good hands. Periodontists have undergone an extra three years or more of specialized training in order to be able to successfully provide both non-surgical and periodontal plastic surgery procedures.

Since periodontists also handle dental implants, you may have seen a periodontist for a consultation recently—even if you don’t struggle with periodontal or gum disease.

Periodontology proper, though, is the practice within dentistry that looks at the supporting structures of the teeth, including bone and tissue. In this practice, the phases of gum disease from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis—a condition characterized by inflammation around the tooth and possible tooth loss—are all studied, diagnosed, and treated by trained periodontists.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and older suffer from some form of periodontal disease. This accounts for an incredible 64 million adults from coast to coast.

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Are You a Candidate for Periodontal Treatment?

Because every patient is different and the stages of gum disease manifest differently, no two periodontal treatments are exactly alike.

There are two broad categories of periodontal treatment—non-surgical and surgical. Non-surgical treatments include procedures like scaling and root planing, aimed at removing the tartar, plaque, and calculus that can exacerbate gum disease.

Are Your Gums Receding?

Surgical treatments for this issue might include gum graft surgery, which provides healthy gum tissue where it’s needed most in your mouth, or plastic surgery options.

The latter might provide you with a better smile if your teeth seem too short because of too much gum tissue or, alternatively, if you’ve experienced the effects of gum recession over the years.

Do You Have Excess Tartar Buildup?

Periodontal disease is on a continuum, with mild gingivitis on one end and severe periodontitis and bone loss on the other. The American Academy of Periodontology wisely recommends the least invasive form of therapy possible for your particular kind of gum disease.

If your gum disease is moderate—perhaps a case of mild gingivitis or extra plaque that’s causing problems for you—then scaling and root planing might be procedures worth pursuing in consultation with a local periodontal specialist. Scaling and root planing are some of the most popular periodontal procedures around today.

Systematic antibiotics and antimicrobial substances may be adjuncts to scaling and root planing. Both are considered safe when performed by a qualified periodontist.

Do You Have a Stellar Bite?

A poor bite can wear down your teeth, cause some teeth to become loose, and even contribute to gum disease by creating nooks where bacteria can thrive. Ask your periodontist about tooth reshaping or a bite splint—both can improve smiles. And if you’re missing multiple teeth, you might consider the following.

Are You Missing Many Teeth?

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research found that the average adult loses about four teeth between their twenties and their fifties. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons, including trauma, tooth decay, and advanced gum disease.

What many adults don’t know is that periodontists can provide permanent dental implants supported by extremely powerful titanium so that you can improve your appearance and your bite at the same time. As long as your bone and jaw are healthy enough to support dental implants, and you meet a few other checkmarks, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Visit the Central Florida Periodontics website to learn more!

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes and Periodontal DiseaseDiabetic patients are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease compared to patients that are not diabetic. This risk is particularly high for those that have trouble controlling blood sugar. Once periodontal disease takes hold, blood sugar may become even more difficult for diabetic patients to control. Fortunately, gaining control over diabetes may help patients gain control over periodontal disease and gaining control over periodontal disease may help patients gain control over diabetes. Continue reading