Thursday, July 18, 2019

Dangers of Gum Disease

If you brush regularly, you may think that you are not at risk for gum disease. That is a common misconception. A condition once associated with aging or poor oral hygiene, gum disease is now known to have numerous contributing factors. Because gum disease begins simply, with bleeding gums, it...
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The Shocking History of Dental Implants

Dental implants are currently considered the gold standard for replacing tmissing teeh thanks to their natural appearance and oral health benefits, but did you know there is actually a long history to tooth replacement? Today, Dr. James Finley uses only the latest materials and techniques when placing dental implants in Lafayette, LA.  Check out...
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Do I Need a Gingivectomy?

Healthy gum tissue is pink in color, cushions and stabilizes the teeth, and curves in a natural arch around the tooth crowns. If gums become damaged or diseased, their appearance will change, as well as how they snugly they fit around the teeth. Bleeding gums, gum recession, and loose teeth...
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How Well Do You Know Oral Health?

Your mouth is the way you communicate to the world. You laugh with it, talk with it, kiss with it, and smile with it. So how can it be that we know so little about our own oral health? There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there about...
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The Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

When dentists test for gum disease, you will often hear them call out numbers, typically on a scale from one to six. These numbers indicate the depth of your periodontal pocket, with one being optimal and three being normal. Anything above three represents gum disease and your dentist may recommend...
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The Three Main Benefits of Crown Lengthening

You may have never heard of crown lengthening, but it is a dental procedure that can dramatically improve your smile. It is a process that removes portions of gum tissue or bone in order to expose more of your tooth surface. There are two basic ways your periodontist might use...
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The Relationship Between Osteoporosis and Gum Disease

Osteoporosis is a condition most often associated with older women. It is marked by low bone mass, reduced bone mineral density, and higher bone frailty. While it can develop in men, it typically occurs in females who are post-menopausal. This link between estrogen deficiency and osteoporosis has been firmly established, as...
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Five Things You Should Know About LANAP®

YOU MAY ALREADY BE FAMILIAR WITH LASER DENTISTRY AND THE LASER ASSISTED NEW ATTACHMENT PROCEDURE (LANAP®). IT HAS REVOLUTIONIZED THE TREATMENT OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE, GIVING PATIENTS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE SCALPELS AND SUTURES OF TRADITIONAL SURGERY. THIS MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURE IS INCREASING IN POPULARITY DUE TO ITS ABILITY TO OFFER GREATER...
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Why Bone Grafts Are Important to You

Strong bones are critical to a healthy smile. Certain conditions, like periodontal disease and tooth loss, rob your body of its bone density. Restoring bone is recommended, but why should you replace something you cannot see? Because healthy bone density levels provide support to your teeth, make up the underlying...
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