Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects both the gum and the jaw bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, progression of this disease can lead to tooth loss. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates that 47.2% of the US population over the age of 30 have either mild, moderate or severe periodontal disease and in adults 65 and older, the prevalence rate increases to 70.1 percent. Of concern is that periodontal disease shares links with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory issues to name just a few. In other words, the disease in your gums can contribute to problems not only in your jaw but also the rest of your body. In some cases, successful treatment of your gum condition can substantially improve your overall health. Furthermore, by enhancing the health of your gums and teeth, you can avoid the problems that tooth loss brings like the need to wear partial or full dentures, a poorer ability to eat, poorer nutrition and diminished self esteem. To learn more, click here.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to support a replacement tooth. In the case where several teeth are missing, more than one implant may be placed to support a set of teeth known as a bridge. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants, in their current cylindrical screw form, have been placed in patients in the United States since the early 1980’s. They have the look of a natural tooth or teeth and almost resemble the feel of having a tooth back in place. You may almost forget that you ever lost a tooth. However, one must remember that dental implants are a replacement devices and since they are not your own teeth, they will require some extra attention if your are to keep them in a state of health. To learn more, click here.
COSMETIC PERIODONTAL THERAPY
Cosmetic periodontal procedures, also known as periodontal plastic surgery, can be performed to cover exposed root surfaces or create a more even, symmetrical gum line to enhance one’s smile. Helping a person to look better and in the process feel better about one’s self is what we hope to achieve for you.
To find out how we can help you improve your smile, call our office and schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Rosen. To learn more, click here.
MANAGING DENTAL IMPLANT COMPLICATIONS
Dental implants have a long history of success and have aided millions of patients who have lost one or more of their teeth. While the majority of implants will function successfully, this may not always be the case. With more dentists placing and restoring dental implants, some of whom, lack the extensive experience that Dr. Rosen has had since he was trained back in the late 1980’s, dental implant complications are on the rise. Some of these problems are related to the health of the gum and bone around the implant where the implant becomes infected leading to gum and bone loss and potentially to the loss of the implant itself. To learn more, click here.