Is a Bone Graft the Answer to Your Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one cause of bone loss in the mouth. If you are experiencing gum disease, you can have chronic bacterial infections that impact your gum tissue as well as the supportive bone material underneath. Once plaque (the sticky bacterial film in the mouth) reaches beneath the gum line, it creates… Read more »

Gingival Flap Surgery Can Correct Severe Gum Recession

A habit of poor oral hygiene often leads to dangerous amounts of tartar on your gum line, which is a common cause of gum disease. This periodontal infection needs to be treated early on to reduce inflammation before it causes your gums to recede from the teeth and create harmful oral health conditions including tooth… Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing… Read more »

Taking Steps Against Periodontal Disease

What can you do to avoid periodontal disease and the increased risks to your health? Here are some answers for you: Step 1. At-home Care This part is simple and easy to follow. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It is optimal to… Read more »

Gum Disease: Age and Gender

While everyone is vulnerable to gum disease–men, women, and children–research has shown that men tend to have a higher risk of gum disease. Why? Perhaps because they are not seeing a dentist regularly or are not as consistent with good oral hygiene habits. Let’s take a closer look at periodontitis in men, women, and children…. Read more »

Why Choose a Periodontist?

Did you know, a periodontist is a specialist in the realm of dentistry? Yes, it’s true! In fact, periodontists are an excellent choice to help with conditions like gum disease because of there years of extra training and experience with it. A periodontist can improve your oral health in a plethora of ways. Our dentist,… Read more »

What to Know About Periodontics

If you were stopped on the street today, could you correctly answer why you need periodontics in your life? It’s alright, not many people can. It’s an incredibly valuable – but lesser-known – branch of dentistry that has a ton of huge impacts on your oral health. Dr. Smith in Merced, California and the team… Read more »

Should I get Dental Implants?

Choosing between dental implants, crowns, or bridges is a difficult choice. You’re likely not used to the idea of having a lot of options when you need to replace lost or damaged teeth, but that’s the only fortunate aspect of losing a tooth in today’s world – you have options. Those options get complicated, though,… Read more »

Periodontal Resection Might Be Needed to Treat Severe Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene and the build-up of hardened tartar at the gumline significantly increase your chances of suffering from gum disease. If the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis goes untreated the bacterial presence in your gums can worsen leading to the severe form of gum disease, which is known as periodontitis. As it progresses it can… Read more »

The Unpredictable Things You Can Do to Keep Gum Disease Away

Our periodontist, Dr. Smith, encourages you to keep gum disease at bay. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to do so. Those things include brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing daily and attending your checkups every six months. There are additional things you might not have thought of that can… Read more »