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A crown would look good on you.

by on September 20, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Do you need a crown? Would you like a crown? No, I am not talking about the kind that sits upon your head, although I do believe we all deserve one. I am talking about a crown in your mouth. Some of them are gold, some have metal and some are made of all porcelain. So why wouldn’t you want one?

There all sorts of reasons that you could need a crown. You could have bit down on that delicious piece of caramel filled with nuts on a tooth that had a huge silver filling in it and part of the natural tooth broke off. When that happens, in order to fully restore the tooth, a crown would be placed. Or maybe one of your teeth went psycho, like your ex, and needed a Root Canal. In order to help protect the money you just spent on that Root Canal you would want to put a crown on it.

Here at Morgan and Presley Dental we take pride in our work and we only work with the best of the best. We use a high end laboratory who we go way back with. So far back, they are considered family and you might even catch Dr. Presley golfing with some of the guys on the weekend! They are local, so our turn around time is about 10 business days. Our doctors here have chosen to stay with this lab instead of using a Cerec machine which is a really really REALLY expensive machine that makes the crown in office. No offense to those of you who use a Cerec and congratulations if you feel like it works for you! But we feel you will get the best crown possible with the lab we use.

Are crowns expensive? They can be, yes. Depending on your insurance it might not be very expensive at all. As always, a courtesy to you we will file and bill your insurance to get the most bang for your buck. If you don’t have insurance we have other ways we can help you out!

So what are you waiting for? Get in here and that crown you have always been wanting!

AND remember we are open Thursdays now too! Give us a call today and we can get you right in!

 

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It’s not contagious, not technically since periodontal disease is caused by your body’s inflammatory reaction to bacteria.  However, the bacteria that causes gum disease can be transmitted through saliva.  Caretakers with periodontal disease should practice discipline when it comes to feeding young children.  Be sure not to taste-test a child’s food using the same spoon or fork.

Since the gum tissues in the mouth have networks of blood vessels within them, bacteria from the gums associated with a periodontal infection can enter the blood stream, and have negative effects on the body.  People with heart conditions, diabetes, or pregnant women are just a few groups of people in whom scientists have found a negative correlation between oral health and overall health.  People with periodontal disease are also more likely to develop Pancreatic Cancer.

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Treatment of this type of infection includes a periodontal debridement or “Scaling and Root Planing” (deep cleaning) followed by regular “Periodontal Maintenance” cleanings at 3 month intervals.  You may be prescribed a special mouth rinse to help your gums heal and fight off the destructive strains of bacteria.  Periodontal disease is not curable since the human mouth isn’t sterile; it is, however, treatable and maintainable.  Although once bone is lost, it doesn’t re-grow, periodontal pockets can shrink and re-attach up higher on the newly cleaned tooth.  In severe cases, you may be referred to a periodontist to provide surgical cleanings if non-surgical techniques are not improving the gum tissues.

Proper home care is essential in treating and maintaining periodontal disease.  This includes flossing once per day, before you brush, and brushing 2 times per day.  The flossing technique that works best is “c-shaped flossing” and includes hugging the side of each tooth and going up-and-down in a scraping motion.  The idea is to scrape all plaque off the teeth, and be sure to extend the floss down as far beneath the gum tissue as possible.  It is also important to take special care when brushing to angle the bristles of your toothbrush down/up toward the gum-line, and brush with soft, circular strokes.

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Periodontal Disease: What are the symptoms?

by on September 7, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Some of the symptoms of periodontal, or gum disease are: gums that bleed during tooth brushing and/or flossing, red and swollen gums that may be tender, bad breath that won’t go away or a bad taste in the mouth, receding gums, deep pockets between teeth and gums, and loose or shifting teeth.  In early periodontitis, most people only notice light bleeding during flossing.

If you have some of these symptoms or are concerned that you may have periodontal disease come in and see us! Our hygienists can check everything and make sure you are as healthy as can be!

HOW DID I GET THIS?

you might ask yourself this question, here’s what our hygienists say..

Periodontitis is not associated with getting older, as it can also affect younger patients.  Gingivitis is a predecessor to periodontitis.  Periodontal infections usually start with less than optimal plaque control at home, but it is true that some people develop the infection much more easily than others.  Some things that can contribute to periodontal disease are: diabetes, smoking, hormonal changes, high levels of stress, and genetic predisposition (or bacteria introduced by caretaker).  If a patient is smoking, it is highly recommended to quit, and diabetes must be well controlled since diabetes and periodontitis both affect each other negatively.

 

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Periodontal Disease: What is it?

by on September 6, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic, inflammatory infection caused by the immune response to plaque-bacteria that irritates the gums.  The plaque associated in periodontal infections is very destructive.  A periodontal infection consists of many different types of bacteria, most of which are gram negative and anaerobic (don’t like oxygen).  Some of the most harmful bacteria found in periodontal pockets are called spirochetes.  The plaque hides beneath the gum line in areas referred to as “gum” or “periodontal pockets” and it can also be imbedded in calculus (tartar), or in the gum tissue itself.  Periodontal disease presents itself by showing clinical bleeding, and bone loss around the teeth.  The back teeth are usually the first to be effected by periodontal disease.  Some periodontal infections can be very aggressive, and other infections are mild.

We have TWO amazing hygienists here at our office. Both Nikkie and Mckenna can answer all the questions you have. They can also get your gums in the best shape they have ever been in. All it takes is a little patient compliance and a few trips to our office! Not so bad right?

Call us today and we can get you an appointment ASAP!

801-561-9999

presleyorthodontics@gmail.com

 

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