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If your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, you may be a candidate for gum contouring surgery. Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this cosmetic dental procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of.

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth and gums look, talk with our experts at Polyviou Family Dentistry to see if gum contouring surgery is right for you.

Periodontics

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease (also known as “gum disease,” “pyorrhea” or “periodontal infection”) is an ongoing bacterial infection in the gums and bone around your teeth. This infection leads to an inflammation under the gums, and if not treated, this inflammation can destroy the bone around your teeth. This results in tooth loss. Approximately 75% of all adult tooth loss is due to periodontal infection.

Symptoms of Periodontal Infection:

Periodontal infection is usually painless until it reaches an advanced stage. However, there are some symptoms which can indicate the presence of periodontal infection.

These include:
• Red or swollen gums
• Bleeding when brushing (pink toothbrush), or at other times
• Aching, itchy, sore or tender gums
• Receding gums (teeth beginning to look longer)
• Pus between your teeth and gums when you press down on the gums
• Bad breath
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• Any change in the fit of partial dentures
• Loose, separating or protruding teeth
• Spaces between teeth

If you notice any of the above warning signs of periodontal infection, please contact us to schedule an appointment with our periodontist.

Meet Dr. Arbab

Dental Implants
Many Americans are finding out to their delight that tooth loss no longer has to be permanent. We all grew up with an understanding that first we would have “baby teeth,” followed years later by our “adult teeth.” While it was normal to lose our “baby teeth” over the course of our childhood, permanent teeth were to be maintained and retained for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, that expectation has not necessarily been true for approximately 40-45 million Americans who are missing some adult teeth. Millions of people have had the benefit of bridges (a series of crowns that fill in the spaces of missing teeth) or dentures to replace teeth, and while these are still a great choice for many patients that are still missing teeth, now there are other options.
Today, with dental implants, we have the opportunity to have a third set of teeth. Patients that have lost one, two or more teeth are finding that dental implants offer the best solutions for them.
As close to natural teeth as possible, dental implants are titanium cylinders that can be placed into the jawbone in a minor and relatively painless surgical procedure. For instance, a patient who needs a tooth extracted for any reason today can often have what is called an “immediate implant” placed at the same time as the extraction. This eliminates the need for a separate implant placement procedure and begins the healing process almost immediately.
While every patient is not a candidate for an immediate implant, those that can take advantage of this opportunity will have less bone shrinkage or bone loss following an extraction.
Why Should Patients Consider Dental Implants?
The loss of your natural teeth often results in facial structure collapse and loss of confidence. With dental implants, many people have an opportunity to have an exceptional quality of life. The result of this short, relatively painless procedure is a new permanent replacement tooth root that will have a post and crown placed on it, and appear so real that your friends will never be aware that it’s not your natural tooth.
So feel free to visit us and talk with Dr. Polyviou about the potential of dental implants for your unique situation. Millions of patients worldwide are now benefiting tremendously from the enhanced quality of life that dental implants provide. As the field of implant dentistry continues to advance, there are more and more options available to patients. Contact us today to learn more.

Dentures
If you have lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth – and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit not only your appearance, but also your health. You’ll be able to eat and speak with ease – two things that most people often take for granted until their natural teeth are prematurely lost.

A complete denture replaces natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without support from the denture, facial muscles can sag, making a person appear older.

Types of Complete Dentures
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months.
An immediate complete denture can be inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Measurements are taken and models of the patient’s jaws are made during a preliminary office visit. A framework for the immediate complete denture is then designed and fitted specifically for your mouth. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
The framework of the complete denture, called the base, is generally made of flesh-covered acrylic plastic. Gum and bone tissues of the dental ridge support the denture. The base is held in place with a thin film of saliva.
If you have a few sound individual teeth, tooth roots may be used to provide support for an overdenture once root canal therapy is performed on the teeth. Teeth can then be reduced to just above the gumline and a fabricated denture can be placed over the roots and the gums.
A complete denture also may be attached to several implants (artificial roots that attach directly to the jaw), which allows for a more secure fit. Properly healed implants can help reduce jaw and gum shrinkage. Whichever route you end up going, Dr. Polyviou will help you determine which type of denture is right for you.

If you’ve developed gum disease severe enough to require surgery, your dental experts at Polyviou Family Dentistry can help!  There are a number of options available (pocket reduction, regeneration, crown lengthening, soft tissue graft, etc).  We will discuss all the options available to you, so you have all the knowledge you need to choose which is the right option for you!

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Polyviou Family Dentistry may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.

If your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, you may be a candidate for gum contouring surgery. Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this cosmetic dental procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of.

What Causes Uneven Gums?
A number of things can cause your gums to be too low or too high. Gums that cover a large portion of your teeth can make your teeth look small. This may be the result of genetics, a particular health problem, or taking certain prescription drugs.

Gums that are too high and make your teeth appear long are often caused by gum recession, a condition in which gum tissue pulls back from a tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. Not only can gum recession make your teeth look long, it can lead to serious dental problems such as decay and tooth loss. Gum recession may also be a sign of periodontal disease, the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth (gums and bone).

Gum Contouring Surgery: Is It Necessary?
Gum contouring alone is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most people have their gums reshaped to improve the appearance of their smile. However, some people undergo gum contouring surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and regenerative procedures.

Tooth’s root must also be removed during gum contouring to get the best long-term results.

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth and gums look, talk with our experts at Polyviou Family Dentistry to see if gum contouring surgery is right for you.

Periodontics

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease (also known as “gum disease,” “pyorrhea” or “periodontal infection”) is an ongoing bacterial infection in the gums and bone around your teeth. This infection leads to an inflammation under the gums, and if not treated, this inflammation can destroy the bone around your teeth. This results in tooth loss. Approximately 75% of all adult tooth loss is due to periodontal infection.

Symptoms of Periodontal Infection:

Periodontal infection is usually painless until it reaches an advanced stage. However, there are some symptoms which can indicate the presence of periodontal infection.

These include:
• Red or swollen gums
• Bleeding when brushing (pink toothbrush), or at other times
• Aching, itchy, sore or tender gums
• Receding gums (teeth beginning to look longer)
• Pus between your teeth and gums when you press down on the gums
• Bad breath
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• Any change in the fit of partial dentures
• Loose, separating or protruding teeth
• Spaces between teeth

If you notice any of the above warning signs of periodontal infection, please contact us to schedule an appointment with our periodontist.

Meet Dr. Arbab

Dental Implants
Many Americans are finding out to their delight that tooth loss no longer has to be permanent. We all grew up with an understanding that first we would have “baby teeth,” followed years later by our “adult teeth.” While it was normal to lose our “baby teeth” over the course of our childhood, permanent teeth were to be maintained and retained for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, that expectation has not necessarily been true for approximately 40-45 million Americans who are missing some adult teeth. Millions of people have had the benefit of bridges (a series of crowns that fill in the spaces of missing teeth) or dentures to replace teeth, and while these are still a great choice for many patients that are still missing teeth, now there are other options.
Today, with dental implants, we have the opportunity to have a third set of teeth. Patients that have lost one, two or more teeth are finding that dental implants offer the best solutions for them.
As close to natural teeth as possible, dental implants are titanium cylinders that can be placed into the jawbone in a minor and relatively painless surgical procedure. For instance, a patient who needs a tooth extracted for any reason today can often have what is called an “immediate implant” placed at the same time as the extraction. This eliminates the need for a separate implant placement procedure and begins the healing process almost immediately.
While every patient is not a candidate for an immediate implant, those that can take advantage of this opportunity will have less bone shrinkage or bone loss following an extraction.
Why Should Patients Consider Dental Implants?
The loss of your natural teeth often results in facial structure collapse and loss of confidence. With dental implants, many people have an opportunity to have an exceptional quality of life. The result of this short, relatively painless procedure is a new permanent replacement tooth root that will have a post and crown placed on it, and appear so real that your friends will never be aware that it’s not your natural tooth.
So feel free to visit us and talk with Dr. Polyviou about the potential of dental implants for your unique situation. Millions of patients worldwide are now benefiting tremendously from the enhanced quality of life that dental implants provide. As the field of implant dentistry continues to advance, there are more and more options available to patients. Contact us today to learn more.

Dentures
If you have lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth – and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit not only your appearance, but also your health. You’ll be able to eat and speak with ease – two things that most people often take for granted until their natural teeth are prematurely lost.

A complete denture replaces natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without support from the denture, facial muscles can sag, making a person appear older.

Types of Complete Dentures
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months.
An immediate complete denture can be inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Measurements are taken and models of the patient’s jaws are made during a preliminary office visit. A framework for the immediate complete denture is then designed and fitted specifically for your mouth. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
The framework of the complete denture, called the base, is generally made of flesh-covered acrylic plastic. Gum and bone tissues of the dental ridge support the denture. The base is held in place with a thin film of saliva.
If you have a few sound individual teeth, tooth roots may be used to provide support for an overdenture once root canal therapy is performed on the teeth. Teeth can then be reduced to just above the gumline and a fabricated denture can be placed over the roots and the gums.
A complete denture also may be attached to several implants (artificial roots that attach directly to the jaw), which allows for a more secure fit. Properly healed implants can help reduce jaw and gum shrinkage. Whichever route you end up going, Dr. Polyviou will help you determine which type of denture is right for you.

If you’ve developed gum disease severe enough to require surgery, your dentist may discuss some of these types of gum surgery as ways to treat the problem.  Ask our experts at Polyviou Family Dentistry what type of gum surgery is the right one for your situation.

  • Pocket reduction (also known as gingival flap surgery)

    In this procedure, your surgeon folds back the gums and removes bacteria. The periodontist (gum specialist) secures the gum tissue against your teeth, rather than allowing it to grow back on its own.
  • Regeneration

    In this procedure, your periodontist folds back the gums and removes disease-causing bacteria, then inserts bone grafts, membranes, or tissue-stimulating proteins (or any combination of the three) to encourage your gum tissues to regenerate and fit snugly around the teeth again.
  • Crown lengthening 

    In this procedure, your periodontist removes an overgrowth of gum tissue from your teeth, making your teeth appear longer. This procedure is used for cosmetic effects as well as to treat gum disease.
  • Soft tissue graft

    In this procedure, your periodontist takes sample tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and attaches it to your gums to replace gum tissue that has receded or has been removed due to gum disease. This procedure is often used for cosmetic purposes as well as to treat gum disease because it covers areas where the root is becoming exposed and improves the appearance of the teeth.

If a thorough examination by your dental professional determines that you need gum surgery, you will probably be referred to a periodontist, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of gum disease.

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Polyviou Family Dentistry may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.

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