Posts for: November, 2020
The CDC reports periodontal problems as the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. If you have concerns about your gum health, see Dr. Mark Thomasson or Dr. Andrew Thomasson. They correctly diagnose periodontal issues and deliver precise treatments at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN.
How bacteria impacts your gums
Hidden in plaque and tartar, bacteria eat away at tooth surfaces and gum tissue. Depending on its severity, gum disease (also called gingivitis or periodontitis) causes damaging inflammation to spread throughout the body. Systemic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, arthritis, hypertension and more result.
Gum disease symptoms
How do you know you have gum disease? Well, many people do not recognize its symptoms which may include:
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Gum tenderness, swelling and redness
- Pain when you eat
- Dark gum color and sores, or fistulas, near tooth roots
- Visible tooth roots
- Constant bad breath
- Separating and loose teeth
- Changes in dental bite
- Gum recession greater than three millimeters, as measured by your dentist (periodontal probing)
Periodontal treatments in our Madison, TN, office
Dear Doctor explains that early recognition of symptoms and an accurate treatment plan aids in healing gum tissue, retaining all your teeth and avoiding the long-term health problems associated with periodontal disease. Visual inspection, periodontal probing and X-ray imaging determines jaw bone quality and how well your teeth are attached to the alveolar ridge.
To heal unhealthy tissue, Dr.Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson offer the following procedures:
- Tooth scaling and root planing, a deeper dental cleaning which removes extensive deposits of plaque and tartar from below the gum line
- Gum grafting surgery which uses your tissue or donor material to cover exposed tooth roots
Preventing gum disease
Prevention is an effective periodontal treatment. To keep gums healthy and avoid complications later on:
- Brush and floss daily. Be gentle, and never scrub or abrade your soft oral tissues.
- Eat a high-fiber diet, and drink lots of water.
- Do not smoke or abuse alcohol.
- Use an anti-plaque mouthwash daily.
- Understand that if family members have gum problems, you may develop them, too. Be vigilant.
To learn more about periodontal treatments, please contact Dr. Mark Thomasson or Dr. Andrew Thomasson in their Madison, TN, office. Our dental team will answer all your questions. Phone Thomasson Dental at (615) 865-1732.
Save yourself oral health and smile appearance problems created by dental extraction. Instead, opt for a beautiful porcelain crown from Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN. Your dentists, Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson use these realistic restorations to support failing, infected, overly worn, or otherwise weak teeth, prolonging their usefulness and improving smile appearance.
The details on dental crowns
A crown is a porcelain restoration shaped like your natural tooth. Superior to an extra-large filling or multiple fillings, a crown protects against further decay, fracture, or infection. It maintains a realistic appearance and prevents damage to or misalignment of remaining natural teeth. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that the single dental crown is the most commonly used dental restoration in the United States.
Your dentist in Madison, TN, advises crown placement when:
- You have root canal therapy to heal infection and relieve inflammation.
- You have received a dental implant.
- Your tooth is cracked, chipped, or worn.
- You desire a better tooth shape, size, or color.
- A multi-tooth bridge requires support.
All-porcelain crowns are noteworthy due to their custom-crafted color, size, and shape. Placed on front teeth, back teeth, and anywhere in between, these restorations are the treatments of choice because of their longevity and reliability. Most crowns last at least 10 years.
Getting a dental crown
There are a few steps involved. They include:
- A complete oral exam and digital X-rays
- Oral impressions to render a negative imprint and model of your natural tooth
- Enamel reduction (performed with locally-injected anesthetic) to remove damage and properly shape the healthy tooth structure
- Wearing a temporary crown
- Removal of the temporary and placement of a permanent crown
After you receive your new crown, you will care for it just as you do your other teeth. Brush and floss every day. Avoid teeth clenching with a mouth guard, and do not chew ice or non-foods such as plastic packaging. See your dentist in his Madison, TN, office twice a year for a professional cleaning and check-up.
If you have a very large filling on the chewing surface of the molar, Dr. Thomasson may recommend a partial crown. An inlay is a partial porcelain crown that lies between the cusps, or corners, of a back tooth. An onlay is a partial crown which replaces cusps and the surface between them.
These restorations are just as realistic as full crowns. They serve to strengthen teeth and match tooth color and texture perfectly.
Find out more
Get the details you need to decide if a crown is right for your smile. Call Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, for a consultation with one of our wonderful dentists. Dr. Mark Thomasson or Dr. Andrew Thomasson want you to have your best oral health right now. Phone the office team at (615) 865-1732.