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As important as it to pay careful attention to the condition of your teeth, patients should also keep in mind that diligent care for the gums is very important as well. Gums can very gradually begin to recede, making the teeth more sensitive to hot or cold food or liquids and expose the root and nerve of the tooth.
Why Does Gum Tissue Begin to Recede?
Periodontal disease is a common cause of gum recession. Poor oral hygiene, genetics or diabetes and other illnesses all increase your risk of infection. Additionally, it has been estimated smokers are four times more likely to develop gum disease compared to nonsmokers. This is another solid reason to kick the tobacco habit.
Other reasons for gum recession include poor brushing habits, the extreme force put on your teeth from grinding or clenching and occasionally the unusual forces brought on by misaligned teeth. Also, keep in mind tongue and lip piercings can cause the gum tissue to erode.
Receding gums that are not treated will only worsen and can eventually lead to tooth loss. If you have receding gums you may want to consider grafting the gum tissue.
Grafting for Receding Gums
What options does a patient have for their receding gums? One of the top options is the use of gum grafts. Connective-tissue grafts are the most widely performed procedure, used to treat one or more areas that are receding. The tissue is taken from a flap of skin from the roof of your mouth and then stitched over the area of exposed root.
The Advantages of Gum Grafts
Not only does gum grafting halt the process of gum recession and bone loss, but the procedure can also reduce tooth sensitivity and protect the roots of your teeth from root decay. Gum grafts also help to even the gum line, giving a patient more confidence due to a more attractive looking appearance.
Preventing Gum Disease
Obviously, it is much better to avoid gum disease in the first place, so be vigilant with your oral care between regular dental appointments. Remember to floss and brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.
Preventing gum recession is very important for your overall oral health. If you have any questions regarding gum disease or tooth loss please give the office of Dr. Bennardo a call today at 847-380-1906.
Almost everyone has experienced that unexpected jolt of pain when drinking a very hot cup of coffee or an ice cold bottle of pop. The discomfort can be intense and last anywhere from a few seconds to several hours. Actually, this particular sensation is more common than you may think and it probably means you have an issue with tooth sensitivity.
Usually the dentin is covered by enamel, but over time this coating can erode away, becoming thinner and proving less protection again external acids and other stimulations. Also, over time, gums may begin to recede, further exposing the root surface dentin. The dentin contain several tubes or pores that run from the outer tooth to the center, where the nerve is located. When the dentin gets worn down, the teeth are susceptible to changes in temperature and acids in certain foods and beverages.
Some common causes of dentin exposure include improper brushing techniques, gum disease, consuming large amounts of acidic beverages, such as soda, grinding of teeth, using an abrasive toothpaste, having a chipped tooth, and the result of certain dental procedures, such as tooth whitening.
What can be done to alleviate the pain of sensitive teeth?
First and most importantly, the patient needs to discover the cause of the sensitivity; asking your dentist is the ideal place to start. If indeed you realize the sensitivity is due to exposed dentin you have several different courses of action to take, including switching to a soft bristle toothbrush, using a toothpaste special formulated for sensitivity, and using a fluoride varnish to help de-sensitive the affected areas of the teeth.
You should also make sure to refrain from brushing the teeth and gums too aggressively; this can cause recession of the gums as well as expose the nerves of the teeth. Proper brushing techniques can be taught by your dental hygienist or other dental professional.
If you have any other questions regarding tooth sensitivity, painful teeth or receding gums, please call the office of Dr. Bennardo today at 847-380-1906. The dentist and his staff will be more than happy to address any of your concerns.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects many Americans, and the most troubling fact is the majority of people are unaware they have the disorder. This condition affects breathing cycles while you are trying to get your rest and can prevent you from getting a night of quality sleep.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea? Some of the signs and symptoms include loud snoring, constant fatigue, never feeling completely rested and having a hard time concentrating during waking hours. Poor quality of sleep can hinder many aspects of our lives and negatively affect our overall health.
What Happens During Sleep Apnea?
While a person is asleep, their muscles relax, including ones located in the tongue, throat and uvula. During a regular sleep cycle, the tongue and soft palate are controlled and maintained by these muscles; but in a patient with sleep apnea, the airway becomes obstructed. The relaxation of these muscles actually results in a blockage of the flow of oxygen, causing patients to snore loudly, in order to force these muscles back into their normal position. This can happen several times each night, preventing people from getting their necessary rest and a good night’s sleep.
Using Oral Appliances for Treatment
Many people with sleep apnea choose to address their needs with oral appliances. These types of devices are worn while sleeping and reposition the tongue, soft palate and lower jaw to promote normal air flow. This results in helping the jaw to become more stable and increases the strength of the tongue and will prevent these important muscles from collapsing.
Snoring and sleep apnea therapy oral appliances are very comfortable to wear, so most patients get used to them as part of their normal sleep routine rather easily. The appliances themselves are very small, making them convenient to take along on trips or when traveling anywhere. What many patients like best about this sleep medicine is that this kind of treatment is non-invasive and requires no surgery or other procedure.
A sleep apnea device is custom made to fit your mouth. Perhaps best of all, this type of therapy has a very high rate of success because patients usually do not mind wearing them. Dr. Bennardo and his staff are experienced in treating sleep apnea and can correct your condition using oral appliances. Give his office a call today at 847-380-1906 to see what he can do to improve your sleep.
Root canal therapy is recommended when the nerve of a tooth shows signs of decay or infection. To save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue residing inside the tooth), nerves and any decay are removed and the vacated space is filled with special dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full functional healthy state.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is considered the best method to take in order to save a tooth that otherwise would die and need to be extracted. Many patients incorrectly think removing a tooth that has problems is the best solution, but very often what is not taken into consideration is the fact that pulling a tooth will end up being costlier and cause possible significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment has a very favorable success rate and usually lasts a lifetime, although occasionally a tooth will have to be retreated because of a new infection.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or tenderness or severe tooth pain you may be in need of root canal therapy.
What does root canal therapy involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be completed in the dental office.
First your tooth will be numbed. A rubber dam will then be placed around the tooth to keep it dry. An opening is then made on top of the tooth where a set of root canal files are placed into the opening, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and any bacteria.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with a permanent or temporary filling.
At the next appointment, about a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will then be set to cover the opening on top of the tooth to prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full functionality.
If you have any further questions regarding root canal therapy and how it may benefit you please call Dr. Bennardo today at 847-380-1906. He and his knowledgeable and friendly staff are there for you to answer all your questions and provide you more information.
Millions of people all over the world have what we know as mercury fillings. Some of the older fillings are likely silver and shiny, although there are newer tooth-colored fillings that are available for patients as well. As with everything these days, there are certain risks that are taken when receiving a mercury filling. Some can be life threatening and frightening to find out if you did not know the risks at the time of placement. Know that at the time, the benefits of this process outweighed the risks when your dental professional placed the filling.
Mercury fillings have many risks associated with them. Dental mercury has been known to affect and damage the environment, it puts at risk our overall health since mercury is a neurotoxin, and dental mercury can endanger the workers and patients around them if not handled safely. There are rigorous steps that have been taken to make sure the safest way is available to have these fillings removed. Make sure you know the risks of having a removal and find the right dentist for your oral health needs. Thousands of documented cases have proven that after removal, a significant increase in improvement of other health issues can shine.
We know that going to the dentist can be scary in general, let alone with the words “endanger” and “neurotoxin” floating around. Dr Bennardo takes pride in making you feel comfortable and safe with the decisions you're making. We practice only the safest forms of mercury filling removal and guarantee that you will rest easy knowing that you made the right decision. Contact us with any questions you may have and let us put your fears and concerns to rest. Take care of not just your oral health, but your overall health as well.
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