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Is lanap used to treat gum disease periodontal disease?

Is lanap used to treat gum disease periodontal disease?

Mild/moderate : Yes lanap is used to treat mild to moderate gingivitis and some early periodontitis .. And it's usually very effective. ...Read more

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Dr. James Wright
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Periodontitis (Definition)

Periodontitis is a general term for an inflammatory gum disease that has caused some degree of irreversible hard and soft tissue damage. While most treatments will put the disease into remission with rigorous patient home care and there are even some new therapies that can repair some of the damage, it is a major cause of tooth lose! Best to avoid the altogether with regular ...Read more


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Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Easy...dental floss!: A waterpik and/or airflosser are great products, however they are not a replacement for good flossing habits--they are a replacement for not flossing. This is not the same thing. These tools can be incorporated in your regular dental home care to stimulate gum tissue and help clean around braces or under dental bridges but it is still not better than floss. Sorry to be the bearer of this news. ...Read more

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What is endodontist vs periodontist?

What is endodontist vs periodontist?

Endo vs Perio: A endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of the nerve of teeth. He can surgically or through conventional root canal treatment save teeth from being lost. A periodontist is a dentist specialized in the treatment of the supporting tissues of the teeth, such as the gums, jaw bone and periodontal ligament. Both fields in dentistry are essential in saving teeth. ...Read more

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Could you have periodontal disease without periodontal pocketing?

Yes: Gingivitis is an inflammation of the tissues due to tooth buildup or bacterial problems. Over time it will affect the bone that holds the teeth if not treated. ...Read more

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Gingival recession vs abrasion lesion, what's the difference?

Gingival recession vs abrasion lesion, what's the difference?

Abrasion just: means an irritation or wound on an area. but gingival recession means your gums are receding or shrinking or pulling back from the teeth they are meant to protect, see your dentist for answers and treatment options ...Read more

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How are plaque, calculus and dental caries different?

How are plaque, calculus and dental caries different?

3 Different Things: Plaque- The soft, sticky material that accumulates on your teeth constantly and is removed with brushing and flossing Calculus - Calcified plaque that has to be professionally removed. It is associated with periodontal diseases. Caries - Tooth decay. It is caused by specific bacteria within the plaque that infect the teeth and break down tooth structure with acid. ...Read more

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What's the difference between periodontal disease and gingivitis?

One is worse: Gingivitis is the beginning stages, and by definition, your gums are inflamed, and you might see them bleed when you brush and floss. If this is left untreated, then the infection moves deeper into the jaw, and it progresses to the more severe, periodontal disease. ...Read more

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Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Different specialist: Orthodontist specializes in braces endodontist specializes in root canal treatment periodontist specializes in gum diseases. A general dentist treats a wide range of oral and dental problems and is not limited to any one area. ...Read more

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Is antibiotic therapy effective against periodontitis and alveolar bone resorption?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Is antibiotic therapy effective against periodontitis and alveolar bone resorption?

See a periodontist: If you rely on antibiotics or other not a definitive treatment, the periodontal infection always will come back. Periodontist will treat periodontitis by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. A periodontist is a dentist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontitis and alveolar bone resorption. ...Read more

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What is localized juvenile periodontitis?

What is  localized juvenile periodontitis?

LJP: Now called localized aggressive periodontitis - it is a form of periodontitis where the bacteria a.A. Affects the molars and incisors of juvenile aged people. ...Read more

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Difference between periodontal pocket and loss of attachment?

Difference between periodontal pocket and loss of attachment?

Related: When the attachment of the periodontal ligament is lost, it allows a pocket to develop. The attachment is the healthy protective barrier and the pocket is the destruction in the bone as a result of the disease process. Here is a good general resource for more information on Periodontal (gum) disease: http://www.perio.org/consumer/types-gum-disease.html ...Read more

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Is a dental gum abscess the same as a gum fistula?

Is a dental gum abscess the same as a gum fistula?

Sort of...: A fistula is a tubular tract of a draining abscess http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fistula ...Read more

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Are the dental caries infectious?

Are the dental caries infectious?

No : They are infections, but not infectious. You can' thatch or give dental cavities. If you do have cavities, caries, infected teeth, the infection is very destructive and can spread through your body. Please call your dentist before cavities become painful dangerous abscesses. ...Read more

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Need gum surgery for receding gums, which is better, donor gum tissue or using gum graft from the roof of the mouth?

Need gum surgery for receding gums, which is better, donor gum tissue or using gum graft  from the roof of the mouth?

Graft: I always see that, it is not the product, but it is the hand of the doctor that matters in many successful cases. Rather than a product choice, find out which product you and your surgeon would most benefit from to get you the best possible result? ...Read more

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Dr. Meng Syn Dr. Syn
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Dental caries, tooth decay:  causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Is gingivitis irreversable?

Not usually.: Gingivitis or gum inflammation is usually reversible if you remove the cause of the swelling with the help of your dentist or hygienist in addition to excellent dental hygiene. If untreated it can lead to periodontitis--an often painless swelling of the gums and supporting tissues which causes bone loss, affects heart disease, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. ...Read more

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What is periodontal disease?

What is periodontal disease?

Chronic infection: Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease initiated by bacteria on your teeth. As the bacteria spreads under your gums and into your bone the bodies inflammatory response eats away the collagen network that hold the gums and bone together. While the mechanism of destruction is immune mediated it is in response to the bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Gingivitis (Definition)

A form of gum disease caused by bacteria and poor oral hygiene that ...Read more