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 »

Oral Hygiene Improvements: Gum Disease Symptoms

Are you familiar with the symptoms of gum disease? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition in which your gum tissue has become infected. If left untreated, it can cause further infection to spread and can even lead to tooth loss. However, there are several symptoms and signs that are often… Read more »

Severe Gum Disease Could Cause Systemic Inflammation Complications

Failing to adequately brush your teeth twice each day or forgetting to floss between each of your teeth and gumline at least once per day can cause an increased buildup of plaque and tartar. When that happens, you run the risk of developing gum disease. Initial signs of gingivitis often include gums that appear red… Read more »

Gum Surgery Might Be Needed to Treat Severe Periodontitis

Gum disease is shockingly prevalent in the American population. Minor gum inflammation like gingivitis is often related to an inconsistent or ineffective daily oral hygiene routine. Should you fail to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkup and cleaning, the early gum inflammation of gingivitis can gradually worsen. Over time it could worsen into the more… Read more »

A Dental Implant Can Replace a Missing Tooth

When a tooth is lost to untreated tooth decay or some form of oral trauma it can significantly hamper your essential oral function. In the past tooth loss such as this could be addressed by different means. Today, our practice often uses dental implants. In recent years having a dentist like Dr. Smith replace a… Read more »

Dentistry Essentials 101: Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry begins with providing the necessary sedatives to a patient to allow them to receive the oral health care procedures and treatments they may need comfortably. There are a wide range of sedatives that can be used to help ensure an individual can have a calming and relaxing experience while visiting the dentist office…. Read more »

Dentistry Essentials 101: Risk Factors for Gum Disease

You may be at an increased risk for gum disease and not even know it. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, has numerous causes which can arise throughout your life. Due to the fact that gum disease is a progressive disease that may already be occurring and have occurred for many months on end before… Read more »