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Cosmetic Dentistry Gum Disease
Could be natural: While some cases of "black" gums could be the result of the tissue becoming tattooed from certain metals used in crowns and fillings. Many people of Mediterranean and African origin have heavily pigmented gums which are totally natural. The former problem can be repaired by a periodontist, but the later is natural and it's beauty should be embraced! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more
Same: People with gum disease can have beautiful smiles. There are unique challenges, such as looseness and length of teeth. The gum specialist should advise about long term survival of the dentition, and questionable teeth be removed. Implant tooth replacements can be beautifully restored. It is critical that bite problems are resolved, so this type of patient may tend to have full mouth care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Periodontal disease: The periodontal (gum) situation must be stable or your cosmetic treatments won't last. Has your periodontal disease been stabilized? If so, depending on the strength of your supporting bone you may be able to have cosmetic procedures done very successfully. What cosmetic changes do you want to make? One tooth? A complete "smile makeover"? Whitening of the teeth? Please add more details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can someone with periodontal disease who follows a strict treatment regimen have cosmetic dentistry treatment?
Generally Yes: Once periodontal disease is stabilized through meticulous daily oral hygiene, cosmetic dental treatment can be done to straighten teeth, lighten the color, rebuild the shape of the teeth, correct for the black triangles where gum tissue was lost between the teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Two: General dentists and Periodontists. Often they may perform the exact same procedures for the treatment of Periodontal (gum and bone) disease. A "forward thinking" dentist may recommend non-surgical treatment (such as Perio Protect) first and possibly instead of Surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gum disease is now concluded that it doesn't cause heart disease. Why is dentistry not as respected as other health field?
Clarification: To clarify: aha statement indicates no direct cause/effect for heart disease but proven by research that oral pathogens are a contributing inflammatory risk factor that increase circulating lipids, change quality of cholesterol, invade vessel endothelial cells intra & inter cellularly, increase organ inflammatory states, cause endotoxemia/bacteremia, initiate the inflam. Cascade systemmically. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body. Dentistry is widely considered necessary for complete overall health. Those who practice dentistry ...Read more
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