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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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3 Reasons Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

October 18, 2021

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Image of inflammation requiring wisdom tooth removalBetween your late teen years and early 20s, a third set of molars should erupt through your gum tissue, but often there are complications. The wisdom teeth can help grind and chew food; however, evolution has caused the human jaw to narrow, which means there may not be enough room for them to erupt. Although your dentist generally does whatever they can to preserve your natural smile, here are 3 reasons they may recommend wisdom tooth removal.

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Do I Need Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?

September 14, 2021

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Digital image of a bone graftAre you ready to replace your missing teeth with the next best thing to your natural smile? You can join over 500,000 people who invest in dental implants annually. Your first step to a complete smile involves a thorough consultation with your dentist. Don’t be surprised if your dentist recommends a bone graft before beginning the transformation process. Although it adds another step to your journey, the success of your new smile relies on the procedure.

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Scaling & Root Planing: How Much Does It Cost?

May 25, 2021

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Man in glasses thinking with fingers crossed on his mouth

Gum disease is one of the most common dental issues, currently affecting around 50% of the US population. What starts as minimal tenderness and bleeding can lead to serious oral and overall health issues like tooth loss and increased risks of heart disease if it goes unchecked. Thankfully, periodontists can provide scaling and root planing – a nonsurgical treatment also known as a “deep cleaning.” If you think you need this service, you’re probably wondering how much it costs. Read on to get the answer and learn more about scaling and root planing!

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Expectations for Recovering from a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

March 1, 2021

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wisdom tooth recovery pain medication

The large teeth at the back of your mouth, referred to as the wisdom teeth (third molars), usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Sometimes, there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to move into the correct position, which is called impaction. This can result in pain or an infection. The remedy is to have the teeth removed. What can you expect from the extraction process and what’s the usual timeframe for wisdom tooth recovery? Continue reading to get the answers.

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How to Save Your Gums with Pocket Reduction Surgery

February 4, 2021

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Dentist measuring woman's gum pocket depth with periodontal probe

Untreated periodontal disease can lead to bone damage, tooth loss, and increased risk of serious health conditions such as stroke and diabetes. The earliest stage of periodontal disease can often be reversed by practicing good oral hygiene. However, advanced periodontitis usually requires more serious measures. Specifically, pocket reduction surgery is one of the best treatment options available to overcome serious gum infections. Are your gums chronically swollen and bleeding? Keep reading to learn more about the pocket reduction procedure and see whether it’s right for you.

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Wisdom Teeth Often Get Removed. So Why Do We Have Them?

December 4, 2020

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Young woman holding extracted wisdom tooth and smiling

Much like getting a driver’s license or going to prom, getting wisdom teeth removed is a common rite of passage for many teenagers and young adults. In fact, each year 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted from 5 million people, according to research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. So, why do people have wisdom teeth in the first place? Are they just extra, useless teeth? Answering these questions requires looking back millions of years. Keep reading to learn about the history of third molars and why wisdom teeth extraction in Colorado Springs is so common.

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What is Crown Lengthening and Why May You Need It?

September 20, 2020

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Dentist explaining crown lengthening in Colorado Springs.

If you currently have a cavity and it’s large enough to require a crown to restore your tooth, you may be told that you need to have crown lengthening in Colorado Springs performed before the crown can be placed. Since many patients have never heard of this treatment before, it’s worth saying that it’s actually a very common procedure that not only works to make dental crowns possible to place but ensures longevity for your smile’s functionality moving forward. Learn how the process works from a periodontist today!

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3 Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Gum Health

July 17, 2020

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Woman with gum inflammationDid you know that 75% of all Americans have some form of gum disease? Plus, roughly 40% of adults in the U.S. are not aware of the dangers gum disease can cause to their overall health. While keeping your teeth in pristine condition is crucial, the health and care of your gums are equally as important. Read on for three reasons to prioritize your gum health and how periodontal therapy in Colorado Springs can help.

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5 Signs that Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In

June 4, 2020

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Impacted wisdom tooth causing gum irritationMany young children are excited when they lose their baby teeth and get to watch their adult teeth slowly grow in. For teenagers and young adults, however, it’s another story when it comes to wisdom teeth. That is because third molars often cause overcrowding or grow in at an awkward angle that can cause discomfort and serious dental problems. For these reasons, approximately 5 million Americans undergo wisdom tooth extraction each year, according to research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Many dentists recommend extraction before the wisdom teeth have fully erupted. Are you still waiting on your last four teeth to arrive? Here are 5 signs that your wisdom teeth are coming in.   
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