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Treating Gum Disease Without Surgery

March 12th, 2015 → 4:57 pm @ // No Comments

Gum disease—known in medical parlance as “periodontal” disease—is caused by bacterial infections between the teeth and gums. Symptoms of the disease include bleeding, inflammation, halitosis, and loosened teeth. There are various factors that lead to gum disease, including age, genetics, bad dieting, and poor oral hygiene.

Gum disease is treated through periodontal therapy, a non-surgical form of treatment that involves root cleaning of the periodontal pockets to remove tartar and plaque. Once treated, your gums should undergo routine cleanings to keep the disease from returning. Maintenance of your oral hygiene is also important to prevent recurrences of gum disease.

If your gums are showing the signs of an infection, contact Sanford Dental Excellence to learn more about treatment options. We help people throughout Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford with everything from periodontal treatment and root canals to fillings and teeth whitening, so call us today at (407) 268-6409.

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Debunking Myths About Root Canals

March 10th, 2015 → 3:48 pm @ // No Comments

Root canals—or endodontic treatment—are the safest and most effective way to save teeth from painful and damaging tooth decay. Unfortunately, several myths persist about the treatment. The following myths are among the most commonly shared inaccuracies regarding root canals.

Root Canals are Painful
The most common misconception about root canals is that they cause pain, when in fact they relieve it. The myth itself dates back many decades—prior to the introduction of modern endodontic technologies. Today, the procedure is no less comfortable than a routine teeth cleaning. In a recent survey, patients who’ve had the procedure—as opposed to those who haven’t—were six times likelier to describe it as painless. After all, the purpose of a root canal is to remove painful tissue damage from teeth.

They Cause Infections
Another myth regarding root canals is the much-discredited theory that they cause infections. This particular myth was rooted in the 1920s-era research of one Dr. Weston A. Price, who made false claims to discourage root canals in favor of tooth extraction. Despite a brief wave of fear-based tooth extractions, science eventually closed in on the true causes of infectious diseases, and Price’s claims were refuted by the medical community during the 1950s.

Extractions are Better
Another misperception—stemming largely from Price’s claims—is the myth that tooth extractions are safer, healthier, and preferable to root canals. Fact is, no scientific evidence links root canals to infection; and since teeth don’t grow back, they’re always worth saving. Even if you got an artificial tooth in place of an extracted one, it could prevent you from consuming certain foods.

If you think you need a root canal, call Sanford Dental Excellence at (407) 268-6409 for more information. We provide a range of dental care for patients in Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford, and we’ll gladly tend to your dental needs.

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Assessing Your Risk for Gum Disease

March 5th, 2015 → 4:43 pm @ // No Comments

Gum disease—or periodontitis—is caused by infections resulting from the buildup of bacteria in the gum area. Signs of a periodontal infection include inflammation, bleeding, and loose teeth. While the primary cause is poor oral hygiene, the following factors have also been linked to gum disease.

Age Factors
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of adults over age 65 have gum disease. Stress can also aggravate your risk of developing the disease, simply because—as with many other health problems—stress weakens the body’s ability to fight infection. It’s also been found that certain individuals are genetically predisposed to periodontitis, regardless of oral hygiene. If genetic predisposition is detected early, proper care can help an individual maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

Medical Conditions
There are certain medications that can negatively impact the health of your mouth, including heart medicine, anti-depression drugs, and contraceptive tablets. As such, it’s important to notify your dentist of any new medications prescribed by your doctor. Diseases that affect the inflammatory system—such as diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease—can also affect the gums. Simple bad habits can even play a role; if you grind your teeth regularly, the force exerted on the tissues of your mouth can damage the gum area.

Health Risks
One of the chief aggravating factors of periodontal disease is poor nutrition. A diet lacking of essential vitamins and minerals can weaken the immune system, which in turn makes it difficult for the body to avert infection. To that end, heavyset individuals fall into a high-risk category for periodontitis. Chewing tobacco and cigarettes have also been identified as prime aggravators of gum disease.

If you’re showing the symptoms of gum disease, contact Sanford Dental Excellence to schedule a checkup. We’ve treated patients from Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford for periodontal infections and other dental issues for many years. You deserve a comfortable mouth, a solid set of teeth, and a beautiful smile, so call us today at (407) 268-6409 to learn more about how we can help you.

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Different Types of Dental Implants

March 3rd, 2015 → 5:40 pm @ // No Comments

When a tooth root needs replacement, titanium dental implants are one of the safest, strongest options. Installed at your jawbone to mesh with your natural tooth’s foundation, implants can restore your teeth to optimal functionality.

The most common form of this procedure is the endosteal implant, which is usually shaped like a tiny cylinder or screw and placed in the jawbone. For patients with shallow jawbones, there’s an alternate procedure known as the subperiosteal implant, which is placed under the gum and above the jawbone. Depending on the nature of your affected teeth, a dental implant specialist will help you determine the most suitable size and shape from a range of implants, which come in regular and miniature sizes.

If you think you might need work on the roots of your teeth, contact Sanford Dental Excellence to learn more about your options. We provide bridges, crowns, root canals, dental implants, and more to patients in Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford; and you can reach us at (407) 268-6409.

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Healing and Care of Your Dental Implants

February 26th, 2015 → 5:36 pm @ // No Comments

Dental implants are an optimal solution for missing, chipped, or rotted teeth. An implant itself is not subject to the kinds of rot that affect the mouth’s organic parts. However, proper oral hygiene must be maintained—along with routine checkups—following a dental implant procedure.

Healing Time
When it comes to dental implants, healing times can vary according to an individual’s bone quality. In general, however, implants take from two to four months to heal. Thanks to improvements in the technology behind bone/titanium attachment, certain manufacturers have marketed implants with improved healing times. In some cases, dentists are able to place and load implants within a single day.

Oral Hygiene
To keep your implants in optimal condition, you must maintain a proper regimen of oral hygiene. While they’re not vulnerable to cavities or decay, implants can fall prey to infections that could cause bone loss. Infections that circle around implants are known as peri-implantitis, which stands in contrast to periodontal (gum-related) infections. To avoid such an infection, daily brushing and flossing is essential. Additionally, your dentist should evaluate your oral hygiene in relation to your implants during each checkup.

Routine Maintenance
As with anything artificially added to the body, your implants must undergo routine inspections. On a periodic basis, X-rays should be taken to see how your bones and implants take to one another. The restorations affixed to your implants should also be inspected on a recurrent basis for strength and functionality. Now and then, the attachment screws of your restoration could loosen, but all that’s really needed here is a screw cleansing, replacement, or refastening. In any case, restoration problems should be fixed upon detection, otherwise more serious issues could result.

Sanford Dental Excellence is where people from Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford come for dental implants and routine checkups. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services—including teeth whitening, root canals, dental implants, and periodontal treatment—call us at (407) 268-6409.

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Stress and Oral Health

February 24th, 2015 → 4:33 pm @ // No Comments

One of the main impacts of stress on dental health is tooth grinding—medically known as “bruxism”—which can cause headaches, jaw soreness, and chipped or broken teeth. Some people grind their teeth unknowingly while sleeping, but this can be remedied with a dental night guard. Remedies for stress include physical therapy, exercise, muscle relaxers, and counseling. Periodontal disease—caused by an infection of the gums—has also been linked to stress. More information on stress and oral health is shared in the video.

If stress has taken a toll on your dental health, contact Sanford Dental Excellence to discuss treatment options. Residents in Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford have long come to us for a full range of dental care, including fillings, root canals, teeth whitening, and periodontal treatment. To learn more about our dental services, call us today at (407) 268-6409.

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A Better Smile at Any Age

February 18th, 2015 → 4:28 pm @ // No Comments

In modern dentistry, there are various procedures that can help you restore a youthful smile at any age. Tooth whitening treatment can restore the brightness of worn, discolored teeth. Veneers—shells that cover the fronts of teeth—can restore stained or chipped teeth to a natural, healthy look. Tooth-colored composite fillings can be used to fill cavities, and dental implants are good for securing dentures and replacing damaged or missing teeth. Methods of smile restoration are further discussed in the video.

If you’d like a more youthful smile, contact Sanford Dental Excellence at (407) 268-6409 to learn more about tooth whitening and restoration options. For many years, patients throughout Lake Mary, Orlando, and Sanford have come to us for everything from tooth whitening and cavity fillings to bridges and root canals. You too could benefit from our top-quality dentistry.

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The Progression of Gum Disease

February 17th, 2015 → 4:25 pm @ // No Comments

Gum disease is a serious condition that too often goes unnoticed by those with it. Pain is typically the warning sign that prompts people to see a dentist, but gum disease frequently produces no discomfort. As a result, many gum disease sufferers wait to see a dentist, only to have irreversible damage done to their gums and teeth. Knowing how gum disease progresses and seeking treatment for it during its earliest stage is imperative to saving your gums and teeth from permanent harm.

Beginning of Gingivitis
Gum disease starts as gingivitis. In many cases, individuals with gingivitis may experience only subtle warning signs, such as gum tenderness or redness. Bleeding during brushing or flossing may also occur. Gingivitis is the result of plaque accumulation that irritates the gum tissue. Dentists stress that gingivitis is a reversible condition. Timely treatment that removes plaque from the teeth can ease gum inflammation and encourage better oral health.

Growth of Periodontitis
If gingivitis is not caught early enough, it can advance to periodontitis. This stage of gum disease typically entails irreversible deterioration of the gum tissue. The longer that plaque remains on the teeth, the more inflamed the gums can become. This chronic inflammation can cause the gum tissue to recede from the teeth, damaging the fibers that hold them in place. Ongoing inflammation may even compromise the strength of the bone underneath the gums.

Onset of Advanced Periodontitis
Gum disease may become more apparent once it becomes advanced periodontitis. This stage of gum disease is distinct from periodontitis because teeth often become instable in the mouth. The gum tissue that once held them in place can no longer provide the support necessary to keep the teeth steady. Deteriorated bone may also contribute to loose teeth. Advanced periodontitis may require tooth extraction. Alternately, the teeth may become so loose that they fall out on their own.

If you suffer from red, tender gums, now is the time to call Sanford Dental Excellence at (407) 268-6409. Dr. Seidler and his support staff can help you reverse the damage of gum disease and save your teeth. We provide non-surgical gum treatment for the Sanford and Lake Mary communities.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Newly Whitened Teeth

February 13th, 2015 → 5:19 pm @ // No Comments

Teeth whitening treatment can give you a boost of confidence whenever you flash your smile. As effective as teeth whitening can be, though, it cannot prevent the accumulation of future stains. The dulling of a bright smile often happens because of common daily habits, so by making changes to these behaviors, you can keep your teeth white and beautiful for as long as possible.

Stop Smoking
Cigarettes, pipes, and other tobacco products can cause a myriad of problems. Not only can smoking put you at risk for several types of oral cancer, but also it can quickly undo the effects of your teeth whitening treatment. These products contain tar, a sticky substance that can adhere to tooth enamel and cause your smile to turn an unsightly yellow or brown. These stain deposits can be especially difficult to remove with brushing and flossing alone, so to maintain your smile, make today the day you stop smoking for good.

Cut Back on Coffee
Tobacco isn’t the only substance known for causing tooth discoloration. Even if you don’t smoke, you may yet be contributing to the dulling of your teeth with your drinking habits. Coffee is a widely consumed beverage, but it also is one of the major sources of tooth stains. In fact, any darkly colored drink, including black tea, cola, and red wine, can leave deposits on teeth enamel and gradually fade their white hue.

Get Regular Cleanings
You may be meticulous about avoiding tobacco products and stain-producing beverages, but are you brushing as often as you should? What many people do not realize is that a bright smile can turn dull from the buildup of plaque, the substance that also contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. Consistent brushing and flossing can remove plaque in its earlier stages, but should it evolve into tartar, it becomes resistant to at-home oral hygiene practices. Only a dentist can get rid of tartar, so be sure to keep up with your biannual dental cleanings.

Sanford Dental Excellence wants you to have the gorgeous and healthy smile you deserve. Our Sanford office offers a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services. To find out how we can help you enjoy good oral health, call (407) 268-6409.

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