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Rocky Mountain Periodontal Blog

Can an Extraction Cure Gum Disease?

March 21, 2022

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Extracted tooth and dental instrumentsEvery tooth is invaluable for a healthy, functional smile, so why would your periodontist recommend extractions? Removing teeth is only suggested when there aren’t any other options to rehabilitate them, such as when treating advanced periodontal (gum) disease. The preventable infection can be resolved in the early stages to avoid tooth loss. However, if it spreads to the bone, your periodontist will advise you to remove your teeth to stop the infection. 

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Can Your Gums Grow Back After Periodontal Disease?

March 11, 2022

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Model of exposed roots from gum diseaseYou know your enamel can’t grow back, which is why you’re proactive about combating tooth decay. However, your teeth are the only component of a healthy smile. Your gums are just as important. Unfortunately, 50% of Americans have gum disease. The preventable infection destroys the gum tissue and the supporting structures of your teeth, exposing your tooth roots. Over time, your teeth can loosen and fall out because they don’t have the support and protection of your gum tissue. Thankfully, your gums aren’t like your enamel. You can save your smile from irreversible damage if you catch gum recession early. 

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How Crown Lengthening is More Than Just a Cosmetic Procedure

March 2, 2022

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Man pointing at his mouth after receiving crown lengthening treatment

If you’ve been considering cosmetic procedures to enhance your smile, there are many options available to you. While some target the teeth themselves, such as teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, and veneers, others address the gum tissue instead. One of these services is crown lengthening, which does exactly what it sounds like – lengthen and enlarge the teeth (at least in appearance) by removing excessive gum tissue. However, you shouldn’t be too surprised if you’re being recommended crown lengthening to address other issues with your smile that aren’t exclusively related to esthetics. Keep reading to learn what they are and what to expect from treatment.

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Is Your Risk for Gum Disease Higher Due to Genetics?

February 1, 2022

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Father and son flossing to prevent gum disease

You probably know already that you receive physical traits from your parents. These include hair color, facial features like eye color, and numerous other attributes. This genetic transfer does not stop at physical characteristics though. In addition, the risk for certain medical conditions can be passed down as well. Gum disease is one of these conditions, a dental disease that is largely unnoticeable in the earliest stages. If you have a family member who develops gum disease quite easily, you may be more likely to as well. Learn more about the science behind gum health and genetics as well as how to protect yourself at home.

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Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Insurance?

January 9, 2022

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Patient asking ‘is sedation dentistry covered by insurance’

Are you preparing for an upcoming appointment with a periodontist? If you’re feeling anxious or nervous ahead of time, you should know that sedation dentistry can help you feel dramatically more relaxed throughout your treatment. It’s understandable if you’re asking the question “is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?” According to a periodontist, these are the most important factors to keep in mind.

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How Long Will Wisdom Tooth Recovery Take?

December 10, 2021

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Woman resting at home after wisdom tooth removal

Wisdom teeth removal is an extremely common surgery, with as many as 10 million wisdom teeth being removed in the United States each year. As with most surgeries, it takes some time for your body to fully recover after the procedure. While wisdom tooth recovery is usually completed without any complications, it’s important to be aware of just how long the process takes and what you can do to speed it up. That way, you can return to your normal routine all the sooner without having to worry about any new oral health problems. The following post covers the basics of recovery that you need to know before wisdom tooth surgery.

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4 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays While Recovering from Oral Surgery

December 3, 2021

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Couple watching TV on couch during holidays

Many people choose to schedule oral surgery procedures like gum grafting or tooth extraction around the holidays. This way, they can recover during an already scheduled break from work or school. Of course, you may be concerned about missing out on the festivities while dealing with the aftereffects of surgery, but don’t worry! While you may need to be a bit more mindful of what foods you can eat and what activities you take part in, you’ll still be able to enjoy a fun, fulfilling holiday season even while you’re in the middle of the recovery process. Here are 4 tips for taking care of your mouth while in the middle of holiday celebrations.

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Busting 4 Common Myths About Dental Sedation

November 19, 2021

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Woman benefiting from dental sedationDo your palms sweat when it’s time to visit the dentist? Maybe you need an upcoming procedure, and you’re concerned about pain? No matter the reason, dental sedation can provide a comfortable, pain-free appointment; however, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding it. The media often features sedation dentistry negatively without reporting the benefits. It’s normal to have concerns because there’s a lot of misinformation about the services. Don’t let rumors stand in your way of getting the comfortable care you need. Here are the facts to 4 common dental sedation myths to make the best decision about your oral health needs.

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Why You Should Be Thankful for Dental Implants This Thanksgiving

November 11, 2021

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family eating Thanksgiving dinner

The end of the year is approaching quickly, and the holiday season is officially in full swing. Now that it’s November, there’s one special holiday everyone is looking forward to – Thanksgiving! Not only is it a chance to feast on delicious food, but to show gratitude and appreciation for what matters most in your life. If you have dental implants, there are plenty of reasons to be grateful this season. That said, here’s why you should be thankful for your new smile this Thanksgiving.

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What Can I Expect After Bone Grafting?

October 21, 2021

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Digital model of dental bone graft procedureIf you recently had your consultation for dental implants, you probably didn’t expect your periodontist to discover you’ve lost bone in your jaw. You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of missing a tooth. Up to 50% of patients interested in dental implants require bone grafting. While it adds another step to your treatment plan, it’s crucial to the long-term success of your new smile. Here’s what you can expect when recovering from your dental bone graft procedure.

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