Sudbury Smile Center
Knowing what gum disease symptoms to be on the look out for could help save you a lot of problems in the future.
With the CDC reporting that half of the adults in the US have gum disease, it’s so very important that you are on the lookout for any changes that warrant a trip to see our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia. From not flossing regularly to not brushing properly, there are many reasons why gum disease can manifest. Gum disease undergoes multiple stages. In the earlier stage it can be reversed, but once it has reached a more advanced stage it can lead to more serious health issues.
What are some early signs to be away of?
In the beginning stages, gum disease is very minor and you may not even know that anything is wrong. This is why those regular dental cleanings are an important part of your health. It’s during these visits that our Sudbury dentist will be able to detect subtle changes in your gums that could mean gum disease.
Classic early signs include having swollen, sore or red gums. You may also notice that your gums bleed, particularly when brushing or flossing your teeth. In some cases, you may even start to see that your gums are receding, which will make your teeth appear longer.
Fortunately, this early stage, known as gingivitis, is reversible. We will provide you with the best tips for caring for your smile at home to prevent it from turning into full-blown gum disease.
How will I know if I have a more advanced form of gum disease?
Those with more advanced stages of gum disease will notice the signs we mentioned above, as well as loose teeth or even tooth loss. You will also be more likely to deal with tooth sensitivity because as the gums recede they will also expose the roots of your teeth. You may notice chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. If you notice an abscess, a pimple-like growth, forming on the gums these are all signs that require immediate dental care.
If you are experiencing any of these issues above it’s important that you turn to Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, right away. We can examine your smile and determine whether or not you have gum disease. From there we can create a treatment plan to help manage your condition effectively and improve the health of your gums.
If you have gum disease, you're probably wondering about your options for treating it. One of the most widely-used and effective ways of eliminating gum disease is through scaling and root planing, a deep-cleaning procedure offered by Dr. Reina Garcia, your family dentist at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. You can learn more about this treatment here.
What is gum disease?
You probably know that plaque is the substance that causes cavities to form on the surface of your teeth. Unfortunately, plaque's destruction doesn't stop there. When this bacteria-laden substance is allowed to collect in the mouth - a process that usually takes about 24 hours - it begins to harden into tartar. At this point, it begins attacking healthy gum tissue and causes gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. The gums begin to swell and no longer fit tightly against the teeth, creating a "pocket" for which more bacteria can reside. The progression of bacterial collection creates bone loss and tissue damage, at which point your Sudbury family dentist may diagnose you with periodontitis.
How does scaling and root planing help?
As mentioned before, scaling and root planing is a way of deep-cleaning the teeth to eliminate tartar. The process starts with scaling, in which we use a small hand-held tool to scrape the tartar deposits away from the teeth. Root planing involves the same type of treatment, but a slightly different and more delicate tool is used to clean the exposed roots of the teeth. These tools may be manual or ultrasonic, which means they vibrate rapidly to assist with the removal of plaque and tartar, and also create tiny air bubbles that oxygenate the areas.
Gum disease can be well-managed with special products and instruments at home, but scaling and root planing must be done to start the process. Contact Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA to make an appointment with Dr. Garcia today.
Want to get rid of small cracks, discolorations or even gaps between teeth? Dental bonding could help!
It’s amazing just how much cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile. Of course, not everyone has the budget to get all the different kinds of cosmetic treatments they may want. Fortunately, our Sudbury, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Reina Garcia is making it easier to hide common imperfections and improve the look of your smile with simple, inexpensive dental bonding.
Dental bonding (sometimes also referred to as tooth bonding) involves using a tooth-colored resin to cover over minor dental flaws to transform your smile for the better. Bonding is a great option for people looking to improve the appearance of a tooth or even multiple teeth. This is an inexpensive, non-invasive and completely painless cosmetic procedure, which makes it a popular choice for patients in Sudbury looking to cosmetically enhance their smiles.
The bonding material we use is applied over the tooth to cover your flaws. Since the resin is moldable it’s easy to trim and shape it around the tooth until we are able to get a look you are happy with. Then a high-intensity light is used to harden the resin to your tooth.
Dental bonding is a great way to:
- Repair a decaying tooth (to fill cavities)
- Cover chips or cracks in your teeth
- Hide discolorations and severe stains
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Make teeth appear longer
- To cover exposed tooth roots (which can cause tooth sensitivity)
When you come into our office for dental bonding know that it can take anywhere from about 30 minutes to one hour to complete. If you want to get more than one tooth treated with dental bonding you may also need to come in for more than one visit.
Dental bonding is a great way to boost your smile’s appearance for the better. Want to find out if you should get dental bonding? Call Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA today to learn more.
A weakened or broken tooth often means decreased functionality and more difficulty eating or chewing. Unfortunately, it also often means an embarrassing appearance. However, you can restore the look and function of your tooth with dental crowns. Learn more about dental crowns with Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA.
How do I know I need a dental crown?
You may need a dental crown if you have a broken, damaged, or worn down tooth or undergo a dental procedure requiring a large filling. Additionally, dental crowns may improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth or cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Dental crowns’ main job is to protect a compromised tooth, preventing further damage. A crown fits over the top of and around a tooth, encompassing the entirety of the tooth’s structure above the gum.
How is a crown made?
Creating a traditional dental crown requires the help of a dental laboratory. At the lab, a technician carves each crown out of a block of ceramic. The technician color-matches each crown to a predetermined shade which matches your natural teeth. This ensures your restoration blends into your smile seamlessly.
Dental Crowns in Sudbury, MA
Dental crowns begin with preparing the tooth to receive the crown. This process involves removing enamel from the sides and top of the tooth and molding the tooth into the correct shape to fit inside of the crown. With the tooth prepared, an impression of your mouth gives the dental laboratory a basis off of which to design the crown. This process takes several weeks, requiring a second dental appointment once it is completed. A temporary crown protects your tooth during this time. Your second appointment involves removing the temporary crown and replacing it with its final version.
The best way to know for sure if a dental crown is best for you is to consult with your dentist at a regular dental checkup. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. Call (978) 443-5500 to speak with a knowledgeable and friendly associate about scheduling your dental examination and cleaning today!
Your family's health is extremely important to you; that goes without saying. But while you may be monitoring your children's growth and activity levels and staying current on doctor appointments, are you following the proper steps to keep everyone's teeth healthy? Dr. Reina Garcia, your family dentist at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, has provided a few tips for each family member to ensure everyone is receiving the proper dental care at home.
Guidelines for babies
It may seem strange to develop an oral hygiene routine for a child who doesn't have teeth yet, but your Sudbury family dentist highly encourages parents to help their children get in the habit early. Beginning just after birth, the gums should be wiped off after feedings with a clean, damp cloth. Once the first teeth begin to emerge - usually between six months and one year of age - use a finger brush or small toothbrush and a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste to gently clean these teeth. Dr. Garcia also cautions parents against letting a child go to sleep at night or during naps with a bottle of formula, milk or juice. The long exposure to the sugars contained in these drinks can cause severe tooth decay. If your child falls asleep better with a bottle, it can be filled with water.
Guidelines for kids
Children under three years old should still have their teeth brushed twice daily by a parent or caregiver using the same methods as above. Older kids may be able to maneuver a toothbrush more efficiently, but some still need supervision or instruction to make sure they're cleaning each tooth properly. As soon as a child has two teeth that touch each other, your Sudbury dentist suggests making flossing part of the oral hygiene routine. To make the experience more fun and personalized, allow your child to choose their own ADA-approved toothbrush, toothpaste and other accessories or products.
Guidelines for teens and adults
Dr. Garcia reminds her teenage and adult patients that they should make a habit of brushing twice and flossing once daily to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. Sugary and starchy foods should be eaten in moderation; they disrupt the acidic balance in the mouth, giving bacteria the environment it needs to grow.
For all of our patients at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, we recommend twice-yearly visits for cleaning and evaluations. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia, call us today!
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