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How Will You Know if Oral Conscious Sedation is Right for You?

March 25, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — worcesterimplants @ 7:07 pm
Relaxed woman leaning back in chair at periodontist’s office

If you suffer from dental anxiety, the idea of having any type of periodontal work performed could make you feel extremely nervous. However, you have heard that some periodontists offer oral conscious sedation to help their patients relax. Could this be the key to getting the care you require while keeping your fears under control? Here’s a look at oral conscious sedation and what makes someone a good candidate for it.


What Types of Drugs Are Used for IV Sedation?

March 13, 2024

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Close-up of IV drip used for IV sedation

If you need a powerful form of dental sedation to help you stay calm and relaxed during your periodontal treatment, there’s a good chance that your periodontist will suggest IV sedation. This is a great option for those with severe dental phobias, and it can involve a number of drugs depending on the situation. Want to learn more about IV sedation before having it performed? Here’s a brief look at how it works and what kinds of drugs may be used to soothe your nerves.


Aftercare for Scaling and Root Planing: 6 Dos and Don’ts

February 26, 2024

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Periodontal patient sitting in chair and smiling

Are you planning on undergoing scaling and root planing in order to treat your gum disease? If so, you should make sure that you’re prepared to protect your mouth after the procedure. Following the right steps for aftercare will help ensure that there aren’t any problems during the recovery process. Below are 6 important dos and don’ts to keep in mind after scaling and root planing.


Can Your Gums Grow Back After Scaling and Root Planing?

February 21, 2024

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Illustration of gum recession due to gum disease

When gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to all kinds of problems. Notably, it can result in gum recession, which is when gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, leaving the roots more vulnerable to bacteria as well as foods that can trigger sensitivity. Your periodontist is likely to recommend treating your gum disease with scaling and root planing, but will that allow the gum tissue lost to gum recession to grow back? Here’s what you need to know before having the procedure performed.


What Does It Mean If You Have Inflamed Gums?

January 26, 2024

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Gloved finger pulling patient’s lips to show inflamed gums

Recently, your gums have become sore and inflamed. Not only has this resulted in quite a bit of discomfort, but it has also left you worried about your oral health. What exactly does it mean to have inflamed gums, and is there anything you can do about the problem before it leads to even more dire consequences? Your periodontist is here with the answers.


How Exercising Can Help You Avoid Gum Disease

December 21, 2023

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Woman in a hoodie jogging on a cloudy day

There are several things you can do to protect your smile from gum disease. But there’s one other strategy for maintaining healthy gums that you may not be aware of: getting plenty of exercise. Physical activity can have more of an impact than you might think on your oral health. Here’s why exercise can go a long way toward helping you keep gum disease at bay.


Why is Gum Disease So Common in Older Adults?

December 9, 2023

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Senior man leaning forward on couch and smiling

Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that can result in tooth loss and other severe consequences if it is not treated in a timely manner. What you may not realize, however, is that the chances of suffering from gum disease increase significantly as you get older. In fact, more than two-thirds of adults who are at least 65 years old have some form of gum disease. Your periodontist is here to explain how age and gum disease are linked as well as give you some tips for protecting your smile.


Periodontal Pockets: What are They and What Can You Do About Them?

November 13, 2023

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Illustration of a periodontal pocket due to gum disease

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, your periodontist may use a few terms that you’re not familiar with. In particular, they may tell you that periodontal pockets have formed. But what exactly does this mean? Below is a quick overview of what you need to know about periodontal pockets and how to deal with them.


3 Signs That Crown Lengthening May Be Right for You

October 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — worcesterimplants @ 12:20 am
Female patient at periodontist’s office giving thumbs up

Crown lengthening is a treatment that involves removing unnecessary gum tissue from your mouth in order to reveal more of the structure of your teeth. You can trust your periodontist to handle this procedure, but why might you even need to have it performed in the first place? Here are 3 signs that you might benefit from crown lengthening.


Why Might Your Periodontist Suggest Crown Lengthening?

October 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — worcesterimplants @ 12:14 am
Female periodontal patient leaning back in chair and smiling

There are a wide variety of procedures that your periodontist may suggest for your smile based on the state of your teeth, your gums, and your overall oral health. In some cases, they may recommend a procedure known as crown lengthening. What exactly does this treatment involve? And why might your periodontist suggest it? The answers to these questions can be found below.

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