I just love having a conversation that I can’t understand—said no one ever! Take a conversation about dental implants, for instance. Your periodontist will likely use some words that you’re not familiar with, because—well—you’re not a periodontist. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn those words. Read on for a cheat sheet that will help you understand and may even make you feel less apprehensive about the procedure.
Handsman Periodontics Blog
December 10, 2017
November 4, 2017
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, a periodontist is “a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.” Without the help of a periodontist, you may be at risk for the damaging effects of gum disease, which at worst can include tooth loss. Read on to learn more about periodontology and periodontists, Worcester.
October 15, 2017
Smoking is bad for your health. That’s hardly news anymore. Doctors, scientists and now even cigarette companies themselves will tell you not to smoke.
However, the latest alternative—vaping—may not be much healthier than smoking. E-cigarettes are ubiquitous. And people seem to think that they are a healthy substitute for traditional cigarettes. But are they really? Could there be short- and long-term oral as well as overall health consequences? Read on to find out.
September 23, 2017
Nothing lasts forever… but there may be an exception to that rule. With good oral hygiene care and regular visits to your dentist, the dental implants that your periodontist uses to restore your smile really can last a lifetime.
August 19, 2017
When you notice your smile in the mirror or in a photograph, do you see teeth that are well sized or do they seem to be looking too long? Have those same teeth become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures of different foods and beverages? The problem may be that you have gum recession, which can expose the sensitive roots of your teeth. With gum grafting, your periodontist in Worcester builds up your natural looking gum line in order to cover exposed roots and create an attractive smile. Read on to learn more about receding gums and the gum graft procedure.
July 28, 2017
Dr. Handsman and Dr. Jenny are skilled and experienced periodontists, so they are quite comfortable with all of the procedures performed in the office. However, they understand that you may not be so comfortable. Several of the procedures here are considered oral surgery. Therefore, some degree of anxiety or nervousness is to be expected. If, on the other hand, you’re so nervous that you simply cannot even think about your procedure, then we offer two types of sedation dentistry to help you overcome your anxiety and have the treatment you need. Speak to your periodontist in Worcester about oral sedation and IV sedation. Together you’ll decide which is best for you.
June 20, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of American adults over the age of thirty have periodontal or gum disease. That equates to approximately 47.2 percent of the adult population, and that figure jumps to more than 70 percent for people over the age of 65. Now, there is also research to show that there is an increased risk of oral cancer with periodontal disease or tooth loss. For this reason, your periodontist in Worcester, Dr. Handsman or Dr. Jenny, routinely conduct oral cancer screenings whenever they see a patient for periodontal care. Read on to learn more about the link between periodontal disease and oral cancer.
May 26, 2017
We applaud your decision to have dental implants to replace your missing teeth. There are other options available, such as dentures, partials or a crown and bridge. However, none of these quite matches up to implants that replace both the crown and root of missing teeth. Many dentists now offer dental implants. But for results that look good, feel good and last a long time, you are wise to choose a periodontist to perform your dental implant procedure. The doctors at Handsman & Haddad place dental implants in Worcester with planning and precision, so your new smile will give you years of pleasure.
April 16, 2017
If you are missing teeth, think back to when they were in place. Were they removable? Of course not. This essentially explains the advantage of having fixed dentures—your smile is firmly anchored to dental implants. And with All-on-4 dentures, your periodontist in Worcester can restore your smile faster than ever before. Read on to learn about why Dr. Handsman and Dr. Jenny frequently recommend this option to their edentulous patients.
March 21, 2017
Take a look at your smile in the mirror. What do you see? Most people see teeth and a bit of gum tissue. However, if you see a lot of tooth and very little soft tissue, then you may have gum recession. Receding gums cannot only make your smile less attractive, they can also cause severe tooth sensitivity. In this case, speak to your Worcester periodontist about gum grafting. Dr. Handsman and Dr. Jenny are both experts in performing gum graft surgery so you can smile confidently and eat a varied diet without discomfort.