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5 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures on the Market Today

The number of cosmetic procedures that you can have done to improve the integrity and aesthetics of your teeth and gums is expanding each year and becoming more sophisticated. Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology is on the cutting-edge in that we offer laser periodontal therapy approved by the FDA as well as extremely resilient titanium-based dental implants to dramatically improve your smile.

Innovative Cosmetic Procedures Available Today

Determining whether you’re a candidate for dental implants or laser surgery starts with scheduling a dental and radiographic examination and examining whether your unique health history makes you a candidate for any of these innovative procedures. Dr. Sevor and the friendly staff at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology look forward to discussing your options with you. Below are six of the most popular procedures you might want to consider.

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Laser Periodontal Therapy

Dr. Sevor uses LANAP technology to perform laser periodontal therapy on patients who show signs of periodontal disease. The amazing thing about laser periodontal therapy is that it usually doesn’t require anesthetic, and laser periodontal therapy can precisely target the affected areas without harming the surrounding healthy gum tissue.

The laser light used by Dr. Sevor removes bad bacteria and unhealthy tissue. Then, an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove tartar from around the root surface before the gum pocket is sealed and cleaned.

Bite Adjustment

The final phase of laser periodontal therapy involves adjustment for bite trauma. As it happens, though, bite adjustment in itself is one of the most popular complementary or stand-alone cosmetic procedures requested today. Teeth that are properly aligned and free from decay are much less likely to suffer dramatic wear-and-tear damage through the years. Loose teeth or damage to your TMJ, or jaw joint, could be an indication that your bite needs adjusting.

Dr. Sevor employs a number of bite adjustment techniques depending on the patient’s unique situation to bring teeth into closer alignment. Bite adjustment procedures range from bite splint therapy and braces to reconstructing damaged teeth and replacing worn out fillings.

Gum Reshaping

Both your bite and gums can be improved with modern cosmetic techniques. Gum reshaping often involves gum grafting. The gingival graft procedure employed by Dr. Sevor’s experienced team provides predictable yet lasting results and a more natural overall appearance.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling helps to remove plaque that may have accumulated below a patient’s gum line. Once the tooth is scaled, then root planing is usually the next step to take in reversing gum disease.

In order for your gum’s tissue to heal and reintegrate with your tooth, the tooth’s roots might also require planing. This process smooths the root’s surface and allows your gums to properly heal. Topical anti-microbial agents, mouthwashes, and antibiotics could all be used in conjunction with scaling and root planing to arrest the growth of bad bacteria and other toxins. Antibiotic fibers are sometimes delicately placed in a patient’s periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing in order to facilitate healing.

Dental Implants

Dental implants have a surprising array of benefits, potentially including better speech, improved appearance, more comfort, less wear-and-tear to your teeth, better oral health, and more durability compared to other prosthetics.

The dental implants provided at Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology are designed to be extremely durable. The titanium-based dental implants that Dr. Sevor works with are much more permanent than dentures and are designed to function like real teeth. A biological process known as osseointegration is responsible for allowing your jawbone to bond and support your dental implants. Contact Dr. Sevor’s office to determine your candidacy and more about implants.

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3 Types of Bone Grafting You Need to Know About

You may have heard that dental implants supported by titanium posts and your own jaw are revolutionizing the field of cosmetic dentistry. And that’s absolutely true. Most of the advances in dental implants and bone grafting have come over the last two generations. As recently as 30 years ago, the major concern among implant dentists looking to restore patients’ teeth was creating a stable enough foundation to support dentures.

Today, three types of bone grafting (socket grafting, block bone grafting, and sinus grafting) are used by implant dentists to strengthen the upper jaw (maxilla) or lower jaw (part of your mandible).

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How Do Bone Grafting and Osseointegration Support Dental Implants?

Bone grafting, in the most fundamental sense, is a surgical procedure that implant dentists use to replace missing bone, encourage the growth of new bone in a process known as osseointegration, and support dental implants.

Osseointegration takes place when the living bone in your jaw fuses with the load-bearing, highly durable titanium posts that support today’s dental implants. Most patients who undergo bone grafting experience osseointegration.

When the posts forming the foundation of your dental implants are placed into the jawbone and the bone starts attaching itself to the implant and firmly supporting it, osseointegration has taken place. Ideally, a few months after the load-bearing posts for your dental implants have been installed your jawbone would have significantly fused to the implant’s posts.

There are some patients, though, whose jawbones aren’t quite strong enough to support the titanium posts that keep dental implants firmly in place. For those patients, bone grafting may be an option.

Types of Bone Grafting: Socket, Block Bone, and Sinus Grafting

To support dental implants sometimes a bone grafting procedure is required. Bone grafting essentially takes a small piece of bone from another area of your body or uses a synthetic copy of bone and customized grafting material, to graft onto the patient’s jawbone.

  • Socket (Minor) Bone Graft

One type of minor graft is known as a socket graft. Technically, this kind of graft is known as an alveolar ridge preservation graft. A socket graft is usually used when the patient is missing just one tooth and has a small area that would benefit from being filled in by new bone. It usually takes three to six months between putting in a socket bone graft and installing a dental implant.

  • Block Bone (Major) Graft

In cases in which the patient is missing more than a few teeth and there’s significant jawbone deterioration, a block bone graft (or major bone graft) might be recommended. Tissue banks, synthetic bone material, or the patient’s own bone might be used in a block bone graft to fill in the space.

A block bone graft that uses the patient’s own bone is called an autogenous graft. The bone for a block bone graft can come from the patient’s hip, tibia, or from (very common) the third molars (where your wisdom teeth, if you had them removed, used to be). It usually takes about four months between installing an autogenous bone graft and putting in implants.

  • Sinus Bone Graft 

A sinus bone graft is sometimes called subantral graft, sinus lift graft, or sinus lift procedure. Among the three types of bone grafting a sinus bone graft can potentially require the longest healing time at around six to nine months. It can take this long for the donor bone to become part of the upper jaw.

To find out whether you’re a viable candidate for dental implants, contact Central Florida Periodontics and Implantology or request to schedule an appointment online today.

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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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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 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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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.

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Advantages of Dental Implants

The idea of dental implants can be a little scary from the outside. However, for individuals who need them because their own teeth are no longer in place or fully functional, they are a miracle of modern technology and dentistry.

While your natural teeth were designed to last a long time, issues like trauma and poor dental health can take a toll. Avoiding treatment and leaving an empty space where a tooth used to be can cause other dental issues down the road.

For many people, dental implants are beneficial and basically essential. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of dental implants.

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Improved Appearance

Dental implants look and feel very much like your own natural teeth. That’s why so many people choose to use them today, and why they’re considered one of the best advances in dental technology in the last 100 years.

When dental implants are in place, whether you’re dealing with back molars or teeth that are visible when you smile, you’ll have a natural looking appearance. From the outside, nobody will even know that you have dental implants unless you tell them.

Dental implants can also be helpful for individuals with damaged teeth or who have repairs like caps and crowns that are not aging well. In some cases, removing these repaired teeth when they have issues and replacing them with implants is a better idea for long-term dental health and your overall appearance.

More Self-Confidence

For many people who have gone any length of time without teeth—even molars that others can’t see—having something in place can dramatically improve self-confidence. And if the teeth that you were missing were part of your smile, you probably even altered the way you smiled in front of others.

Having implants placed, particularly if you’re missing visible front teeth, can help you improve your smile and feel more comfortable around other people. This can make your social life and work life better.

While we all hope that people don’t judge us based on our appearance, the truth is that missing teeth can make people think negatively of you. For example, you don’t want to miss out on a job because of an accident or poor dental health that you can control now.

For many people in this situation, implants can make a dramatic difference.

Better Speech

When you’re missing certain teeth in your mouth, the way you speak can be impacted. If you’re missing front teeth, you may also feel like you have to hide your mouth or shield yourself from view when you want to talk to somebody.

Worrying about these kinds of things is no way to go through your life. Implants can make you feel more comfortable when you speak, and also improve the clarity of your speech for the long haul.

Overall Dental Health

If you’re like most people, your dental health is important to you. Even if you haven’t always taken the best care of your teeth, there’s no time like the present to start improving your dental health.

When you get implants instead of neglecting areas with missing teeth, you’ll keep the spacing of your teeth healthy and natural. When spaces are allowed to linger, your teeth can shift and make your bite uncomfortable and unhealthy.

Implants can solve that problem while improving your appearance and self-confidence.

Dental implants are life-changing for many people. From the ability to eat foods they couldn’t before, to having a smile they can be proud of, implants are a modern day miracle.

If you’re interested in dental implants with Central Florida Periodontics, it’s never too early to learn more.