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Gum Treatment

A partial denture is a removable structure that replaces missing teeth. Partials are held in place by your existing teeth, so it is important that these teeth be sturdy and healthy in order to support your partial denture and keep it firmly in place. If you have healthy teeth remaining, partials can fill in the gaps for a reasonable price and they will last for years.

Partials not only improve the aesthetic appeal of you teeth but also contribute to the proper function of your mouth. If you’ve lost some teeth, you may find it difficult to chew as well as you used to. The partial allows you to comfortably chew common foods again, improving quality of life. Partials can also help stabilize your remaining teeth, resulting in a reduction of tooth drift, bite changes and additional periodontal problems.

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Gum or Periodontal Disease

Often going unnoticed, gum disease hides in the mouth while it destroys gum tissue and teeth. Some estimate nearly 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. Recent research shows a correlation between those who have gum disease and patients who suffer from strokes, heart attacks or even complications with diabetes or pregnancy. Early symptoms of gum disease may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. Dental check ups must be performed regularly to detect, treat and reverse gum disease in early stages to ensure major problems will not develop.

Cause and Effect

There are many factors which contribute to periodontitis such as plaque buildup, heredity and lifestyle choices. The most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, which is a sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Most of these bacteria can be easily eliminated with regular practice of brushing and flossing. However, when left unchecked, these bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers bonding gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, where more bacteria can flourish and destroy your teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only your gums, teeth and bone within the mouth, but also overall health.

Maintaining the Health of Your Gums

The best way to fight periodontal disease is through regular dental visits. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and use mouth rinse daily. Dr. Laura Kearney and his staff will recommend oral care and gum treatment products that will help you fight off unwanted bacteria. We will also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have one of the stages of periodontal (gum) disease, we recommend more frequent check-ups to help your gums stay healthy.

Make an appointment with Dr. Laura Kearney today!

We’re here to ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful for years to come.

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