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What is Gum Therapy?

Filed under: Gum Disease — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am
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Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a dire dental situation in the United States with about half of the adult population dealing with it in some capacity and level of severity as per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). One out of two? That could be you!

While some cases of gum disease are quite mild, if left untreated, over time the condition could worsen, leading to far more serious issues that can actually travel throughout the body. From the first indications of redness and swelling to something far more severe, it is unwise and ill-advised for any patient to ignore any signs or symptoms of gum disease they may be experiencing, no matter how small they seem.

But oral care, especially gum therapy, is certainly not something you have to tackle alone. Here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, part of your routine oral exam focuses on the treatment of the gums, how they are currently doing and how they may have changed since your last appointment. Our caring team is always thorough, even if you have no issues to complain of. After all, sometimes the very start of something that could turn serious reveals no signs at all. That’s why a checkup is your first line of dental defense. We are here to nip things in the bud before the situation snowballs. A proactive approach as well as continued oral care management will be the key to keeping your gums healthy and disease free for a long time to come.

Please read on for more information about gum therapy, why it is so very important, and what we at Cornerstone Dental Arts can do to keep your gums in great condition. It’s a must that can affect more than just your mouth.

What Causes Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease) and What Can It Lead To?

Gum disease is essentially an infection that starts when the bacteria and plaque that form on the surface of the teeth begin to creep up to and beneath the gum line. Patients generally see some degree of swelling and redness, perhaps experience tenderness or even pain. As the infection deepens and worsens (which it will if untreated), the gums can recede (pull back/away from the teeth) and patients may experience chronic bad breath (halitosis). Even tooth loss can occur. When gum disease is not treated completely, it can further invade the body, becoming a serious risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and other health conditions. Gum therapy is the proper way to tackle the issue so it can be treated effectively and efficiently.

Gum Restoration – What Is It and How Can It Protect Gums?

As mentioned, one serious effect of gum disease is gum recession. Once the tooth enamel close to the roots become exposed due to this recession, decay is more likely to develop and fester, which can lead to tooth loss. Past treatment for this condition included gum grafts, but this procedure is painful. These days, as modern dental technology has advanced, here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we can correct gum recession with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Restoration no longer requires tissue harvesting from other areas of the body, incisions, or pain. Talk to one of the Cornerstone Dental Arts dentists for more detail about this revolutionary restoration process and if your gum therapy may require this procedure.

How Can Plaque and Bacteria Be Eradicated From the Gums?

We clean your teeth during your general oral checkups, but when there is plaque and bacteria along the gum line that appears to have become infected, we trust soft tissue laser technology to vaporize the plaque and bacteria away by using highly-concentrated beams of light. This technique is incredibly precise, so only the diseased areas are treated while the healthy gums are not compromised. The procedure is nearly pain-free and can be done quickly in the office.

Another layer of protection and elimination of bacteria and infection is by way of topical antibiotics. Applied directly to the gums in the office, a medication called Arestin will attack the bacteria and keep it at bay. This is a second course of action that gives you added therapy once the plaque and bacteria are removed, and kills off anything that has been left behind.

Common Signs of Gum Disease to Look Out For:

·       Swollen gums

·       Bleeding gums

·       Red gums

·       Tender gums

·       Painful gums

·       Loose teeth or loss of teeth

·       Receding gums

·       Bad breath (halitosis)

Do you notice any signs of gum disease developing or do you want to learn more about gum therapy at Cornerstone Dental Arts? We are here to answer any questions or to address your concerns. But don’t wait. The longer gum disease lingers, the greater the chance for worsening or complications. Give us a call at 865-290-1063. Great gums lead to even greater smiles.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am
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Invisalign clear braces have revolutionized the way orthodontics has taken shape. For those who have put off straightening their teeth because traditional braces were not what they were hoping for, this more appealing option is ideal.

We all know that traditional metal braces can get the job done well; plenty of people have worn them with great results. But the metal aesthetics and comparatively longer wear time is not necessarily what today’s savvy dental patient is seeking. Particularly for adults who are aiming for straighter teeth, a mouth full of metal is not exactly the look they are going for. Teens may see it as a “right of passage,” but after a certain age, the idea of reverting back to junior high isn’t on the top of their list. Not to say teens can’t benefit from Invisalign too, it’s just a mentality that comes with maturity that doesn’t involve metal.

So, let’s get into the ins and outs of Invisalign – why these clear braces are so amazing, how they work, and why here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, so many patients prefer this orthodontic alternative to traditional metal wire and bracket braces. Clear is the “cool” way to get teeth in tip-top form, perfecting smiles and creating better alignment that patients are proud to show off. Read on for more specifics and to learn if Invisalign is right for you.

How Do Invisalign Clear Braces Work?

First things first. Invisalign are not “braces” in the traditional sense that most people are used to. There are no wires or brackets, and they can even be removed by the wearer. Essentially, Invisalign is made up of a series of clear flexible plastic trays that fit snugly over the teeth and are replaced periodically as the teeth shift into the desired position over time. They are custom designed at the Invisalign lab, so each patient’s trays are unique for their orthodontic needs. Some people require more trays and others less, depending upon the severity of the spacing, crookedness, crowding, etc. They slip right over the teeth, feel comfortable, and are barely noticeable to others. What could be better?

When Can I Remove My Invisalign Clear Braces?

Ideally, you will keep your Invisalign clear braces on as much as possible during the day and while you sleep. They must be removed during eating and brushing/flossing. This periodic removal is another great perk Invisalign offers. Since they can be taken out during eating, there are no food restrictions like there are with traditional braces. Additionally, you can even whiten your teeth while using Invisalign.

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Clear Braces?

When you come to the Cornerstone Dental Arts office for an orthodontic consultation, we will discuss your existing condition and see if these clear braces will work for you. Not everyone is an ideal candidate depending on the severity of the corrections required to achieve a stunning smile. Most patients can benefit from Invisalign, so hopefully you will fall into that category. We won’t know until we assess your smile, so make your appointment ASAP to find out.

How Long Will I Wear My Invisalign Clear Braces?

Every case is different, but one thing remains constant – on average, patients need to wear Invisalign for a significantly shorter period than required with traditional metal braces. Yet another bonus to these clear braces. This shorter time span for treatment until final results are seen makes wearing Invisalign so successful. And patients see the results as they move along with the process, observing the subtle shifting until the process is complete.

Pros of Invisalign Clear Braces Summed Up

·       Clear – barely detectable

·       Quicker results than traditional braces

·       Removable for eating and hygiene

·       Comfortable to wear

·       No wires or brackets

·       Simple in every sense

·       Eat anything

·       Clean teeth as usual

·       Whiten if you wish while wearing

Are you seeking a straighter smile but traditional metal braces are simply not for you? Invisalign clear braces may be the answer you have been searching for to achieve the straighter smile you have been seeking. Come in to Cornerstone Dental Arts and your consultation will clue you in if you are a good patient for these creative clear aligners. One of our dentists will give you the scoop, get you started if Invisalign is right for you, and set you up for a smile you will be more than satisfied with. No more crooked, crowded, spaced-out, or otherwise unattractive teeth. And it can all be yours without unsightly metal braces. Invisalign is the clear answer. Come on in and let’s get things straight!

Contact Cornerstone Dental Arts at 865-290-1056 to set up an appointment today. A member of our friendly front desk staff will answer any questions you may have and get you in as soon as possible. Your straighter smile is just around the corner at Cornerstone Dental Arts.