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Periodontal Disease is a Serious Infection

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Caring for your teeth and gums is one of the most challenging things pertaining to your oral health. Many people neglect some of the things that could prevent serious infections from occurring. Periodontal disease is commonly referred to as gum disease, and it is a serious infection that could lead to tooth loss. Philadelphia periodontist Dr. Brown has specialized training in periodontal treatments and can aid in reversing gum disease before it gets to the point where tooth extractions are necessary. If you need periodontal disease treatment in Philadelphia, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation today.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease refers to a bacterial infection around the gums and bones supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can impact one tooth, or multiple teeth. Tooth loss is common when periodontal disease spreads to multiple teeth, causing intense pain and serious infections. Periodontal disease begins when there is too much bacteria in the mouth, leading to a buildup of plaque. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed and you may notice bleeding when you brush your teeth along with pain throughout the day. In the early stages of periodontal disease, most patients do not feel any pain and four out of five people with periodontal disease do not realize they have it.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

How do you know if you are dealing with periodontal disease? There are some early warning signs to watch closely. If the issues below do not start to heal with healthier eating, brushing, and flossing, it is time to call Dr. Brown. Here are some symptoms to watch for:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Receding gums or gums that start to pull away from the teeth
  • Loose and separating teeth
  • Consistent sores in the mouth
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Problems with teeth alignment when chewing

The teeth and gums need to be cleaned effectively in order to remove the bacteria from the mouth properly to prevent tooth loss. Failure to treat gum disease can lead to additional health conditions. Early treatment is vital to protect your teeth and gums!

Treating Periodontal Disease

The most important step you can take when trying to prevent periodontal disease is to practice daily brushing and flossing. Reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth is critical to healthy teeth and gums. We recommend annual dental cleanings to remove plaque around the teeth and below the gums. If you are dealing with an advanced stage of periodontal disease, contact us immediately for effective periodontal disease treatment in Philadelphia.

Dr. Brown on Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Nobody should be wearing a loose-fitting denture! In today’s day in age, no one should need to be taking their teeth out of their mouth to clean them when technology like dental implants are available. Missing teeth can cause many people to struggle with self-esteem and confidence because they are embarrassed by their smile. 40 million people wear dentures, which is 15 percent of our population! However, thanks to periodontists like Dr. Brown, you can have a full set of teeth restored.

Once someone loses their teeth, they are out of the dental world and they only visit the dentist every 5-7 years. When a person has missing teeth and do not know dental implants are available, they are simply learning how to adapt without teeth. Many patients visit a periodontist for help with dental implants when they finally become frustrated with dentures and want to look at additional options.

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Patients can find out how easy it is to start enjoying life once again the same day. A dental implant is designed to allow a patient the ability to eat the next day! Patients need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown to determine if you are a qualified candidate for dental implants. We have technology available to help us build bone where it is needed and technology to have a patient in need of multiple implants be capable of walking out the door the same day with a full set of teeth!

Why You Need to Toss Your Dentures

Dentures have large plastic in them, which can make it difficult to enjoy eating food. Lower dentures are particularly concerning as they often do not make it easy to speak. Many patients dealing with dentures find a unique satisfaction following surgery as they can finally enjoy some of their favorite foods again. In fact, here are some of the foods you can start enjoying once again thanks to dental implants:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies
  • Nuts
  • Apples
  • Carrots

Dental Implants Improve Your Life

There is no difference in the degree of functionality a patient has with dental implants when compared to traditional teeth. Several patients have undergone this procedure, only to find dental implants have completely changed their lives. Patients have been able to find confidence with new teeth and many have been able to obtain their career or personal goals thanks to dental implants.

Don’t self-diagnose yourself out of the dental implant world! Dr. Brown is skilled in helping patients to finally have a smile they can appreciate and share for years to come. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Philadelphia periodontist Dr. Stephen Brown today!