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1. My dentist told me that I have periodontal disease and need treatment. What is it and what can I do about it?
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by a bacterial infection around the teeth, which results in bone loss and gum recession. If untreated, this will lead to tooth shifting, spaces, bleeding gums, bad breath and ultimately tooth loss. Few if any symptoms are noticeable until the disease is very severe. Only your dentist can diagnose this problem by probing your gums and should then refer you to a periodontist for treatment. Treatment can consist of deep cleaning and possibly gum surgery if the disease is severe.

2. What can I do about my gummy smile?
There are different causes that contribute to excess gum tissue over the teeth. Medication, mouth breathing at night, poor oral hygiene and heredity can all cause a gummy smile. If you dislike the appearance of your smile, a periodontist can perform treatment to reduce and reshape your gum contours. Treatment consists of removing excess gum tissue and reshaping the smile line. In many cases, patients are amazed at how much simple treatment can improve their smile and overall appearance.

3. I'm missing a tooth. What is the best way to replace it?
The standard of care to replace a missing tooth is a dental implant, which is a titanium screw that rebuilds a tooth from the root to the crown. It has many advantages over other forms of tooth replacement: strength, bone preservation, cavity resistance and extremely high success rates over many years. Teeth next to an implant are not harmed and you are able to floss between them. In some cases, bone may have to be grown back before an implant can be placed. Ask your dentist if an implant is an option for you.

4. My dentist told me I need "Crown lengthening" around the tooth. Why do I need this procedure?
When a large cavity extends beneath the gums and the bone, your dentist cannot remove all of the decay or place a crown on the tooth without first getting more tooth length. In this case, a periodontist will remove some tissue and bone from around the tooth to make it look longer. If a crown is placed without treatment to expose more tooth, it can result in gum inflammation, pain, continued decay and bone loss. Discomfort after the procedure is usually minimal and dental insurance often covers the procedure.

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