Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Patients often have a lot of questions when they come to our practice, so we thought it would be helpful to include answers to some of the most common ones right here. If you still have a question after reading this page, please contact us and let us know. We want you to completely understand your dental care, and there is no such thing as a silly question!

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and tissues that surround the teeth. It typically occurs when too much plaque and bacteria are allowed to build up on the gum line due to a lack of oral hygiene.

Most of the time, these two terms are used interchangeably and mean the same thing, referring to an infection of the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth. In some cases, “gum disease” specifically refers to the early stage of the infection, gingivitis, when it is only causing inflammation in the gums.

“Periodontal disease,” on the other hand, can sometimes refer to periodontitis, which is a more advanced infection where the actual bone surrounding the tooth is also being impacted. However, it’s safe to assume that either term generally refers to an oral infection.

The early symptoms of gum disease typically include red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed whenever the teeth are cleaned. If left untreated for a long time, these symptoms can eventually become much more serious, including gum recession, loose teeth, chronic bad breath, and even tooth loss!
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone in order to restore the root structure of a lost tooth.

Dental implants are unique in that they replace both portions of a missing tooth, as in the root and crown. Most other treatments only replace the crown. Once an implant post is securely placed within the jaw, an attachment called an abutment is connected directly to it. This is made of a sturdy metal, and it will be shaped like the tooth it is replacing. This will then be covered with an all-porcelain crown to make it appear more natural.

Of course, dental implants are quite versatile, and depending on a patient’s particular needs, they can be used to restore everything from a single tooth to an entire mouthful of teeth. In any case, all of the restorations work using this same basic principle.

With the proper care (which includes brushing, flossing, and regular checkups with your dentist), the implant posts themselves can easily last for 30 years or more. The restorations the implants support can last anywhere from 10-15 years depending on how a person maintains them, but they can often last for much longer.
Our practice accepts all major PPO dental insurance plans, and we are also in-network with some of the nation’s largest providers. If you would like to know how we can work with your particular plan, please contact our office today and we’ll answer all of your questions!
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