Cosmetic Crown Lengthening & The Importance of a Smile

The importance of an attractive smile cannot be exaggerated. Studies have shown that smile esthetics play a major role in the perception of whether a person is attractive and whether they are friendly, trustworthy, intelligent, and self-confident. An important factor in the esthetics of a smile is the amount of gum tissue that is displayed when a person smiles. Excessive gum display may¬†negatively affect how people are perceived. A smile that reveals excess gum tissue also known as a “gummy” smile is not something you have to live with.¬†As the case on this page demonstrates, gummy smiles and uneven gum […]

Children Get Gum Disease Too!

Surprisingly, chronic gingivitis (selling and bleeding of the gums) is common in children, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. It is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and professional care. Localized aggressive gum disease is found in teenagers and young adults and mostly affects the first molar and incisor teeth. It is characterized by a severe loss of bone supporting the teeth. Generalized aggressive gum disease can begin around puberty and can involve the entire mouth. It is marked by inflammation of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually is can […]

Need to Replace a Tooth? Your Options Explained

If you’re missing one or more teeth or expect to lose a tooth in the near future due to gum disease, you’ll want to consider tooth replacement options. Besides improving your appearance, all you teeth work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is more difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. Depending on your needs, your dentist may suggest one of these three options: Dental Implant- A dental implant is […]

How Effective is Manual Toothbrushing?

Brushing with a manual toothbrush does not appear to result in optimal oral hygiene even with daily use. A systemic study was conducted recently to determine the average amount of plaque removed during hand brushing. The study showed that plaque reduction after a single manual brushing exercise was approximately 42 percent. The study analyzed various toothbrush bristle designs and found that the most frequently recommended toothbrush configuration with a “flat-trim” bristle design removed less plaque than a toothbrush with multi-level bristles, which was shown to remove 61 percent of plaque. The amount of time spent brushing was also found to […]

Regular Cleaning, Root Planing, & Perio Maintenace- The Difference Explained

A “regular” cleaning, a root planning procedure, and periodontal maintenance are not the same. This can be confusing for many dental patients. In this article we’ll look at the three procedures and explain what make them different from each other and why each procedure is recommended for certain groups of patients. A “regular” cleaning is known as a prophylaxis in dental terms. The American Dental Association describes a prophylaxis as removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from the visible tooth structures. A regular cleaning is recommended for patients who do not have any bone loss, periodontal disease, or infection around […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Treatment

Who is a candidate for laser gum treatment? Almost everyone who has periodontal disease, swollen gingiva, or soft tissue lesions that require biopsies. The laser treatment is especially good for treating very advanced cases that are almost beyond conventional surgical treatment because the laser treatment can often regenerate bone and soft tissue. It’s estimated that over 100 million American adults have moderate to severe periodontal disease. Of these, only 3-4 percent receive conventional treatment. How is periodontal disease normally treated nationwide? The traditional treatment is to do deep scaling and root planning, to use blades to cut the tissue and […]

Presenting a Breakthrough in Periodontal Therapy: LANAP

LANAP: Laser Periodontal Therapy The newest technology available for periodontal are is the Nd:YAG Millennium PerioLase. This is the latest generation of the Nd:YAG laser, and it’s designed specifically to treat periodontal disease using LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). Like LASIK surgery for the eyes, this therapy using the new laser is a breakthrough in the treatment of periodontal disease. It’s therapy that eliminates the need, in some cases, for conventional blade and suture surgery. Instead of cutting away tissue, we’re now able to regenerate soft tissue and bone by encouraging the body to heal itself naturally. The LANAP […]

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications

The State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports that low levels of pharmaceuticals are present nearly everywhere in our environment. Unused medications are known to enter our environment through excretion from animals and humans, disposal of unused drugs in toilets or landfills, and wastewater treatment systems. Further, the DEQ says that most wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to effectively remove pharmaceutical drugs from the water. Although there is no known threat to human health at the low levels currently found, some scientists believe that improper disposal poses a threat to human health, especially when considering the amount […]

About Half of U.S. Adults Have Gum Disease

About one out of every two American adults age 30 and over has periodontal (gum) disease according to recent findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This is the most accurate picture of periodontal disease in the U.S. adult population we have ever had,” said Dr. Pamela McClain, President of the American Academy of Periodontology. “For the first time, we now have a precise measure of the prevalence of periodontal disease, and can better understand the true severity and extent of periodontal disease in our country.” The CDC findings showed that the occurrence of periodontal disease […]

The Advantages of Digital X-Rays

There are many advantages to using digital x-rays. Besides requiring less radiation, they are often much faster and more efficient than film x-rays because there is no film to be processed. If you are a patient at Joseph R. Nemeth DDS & Associates, you may have notices that we have been using digital x-rays for quite some time now. We also utilize digital periodontal charting in the office. Digital x-ray images are often clearer than those on film and are available almost immediately on the monitor in the treatment room where you can see them as the doctors or staff […]

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