Dental Lasers? Almost sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie doesn’t it? Actually dentists have been using dental lasers since the early 1990’s. Because of their success rate in many different aspects of dentistry, it is becoming more and more of a common tool with dentists and hygienists.
A laser can be used to:
- Remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement
- Remove overgrown tissues
- Reshape gum tissue
- Help treat infections in root canals
- Reduce canker and cold sores
Once certified, a hygienist can use the dental laser as well. Dental Hygienists use the laser to aid in Scaling and Root Planing treatments. Using the laser helps kill unwanted bacteria and also helps coagulate the gum tissues so there isn’t as much bleeding.
For more information:
Statement on Lasers in Dentistry – From the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs
Dental care and oral health information from the Academy of General Dentistry
We are very proud of our Recycling Program here at Artisan Dental and happy that the word is spreading.
Dr Andersen was recently on WKOW talking about the merits of our program, so if you missed it please take a moment to watch this short video.
And…we were also recently featured in the CapTimes.
Our main goal with this recycling program is to keep hard to recycle items out of the landfills and repurpose them into usable items. We invite all area residents to bring their used toothbrush, toothpaste tube, floss container, mouthwash bottle or deodorant container to our office. We will then package it up and send it off to TerraCycle. All items sent to TerraCycle receive a credit that turns into a cash donation to the non-profit organization of our choice. Everyone benefits!
With the holiday season upon us, consider checking out TerraCycle’s website http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/products.html for great gift ideas!
What is Gum Disease?
Many people have a very serious disease in their mouth and may not even know it!
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and bone that hold teeth in place.
Gum disease is often painless and many people are unaware that they have gum disease until it has become more advanced.
For more information on what gum disease is click here http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/for_the_dental_patient_jan_2011.ashx
It is estimated that approximately half of all Americans may have some degree of periodontal disease
What Causes Gum Disease?
In a nutshell – Bacteria! There are millions of bacteria in your mouth at any given moment and specific types of bacteria cause irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue. If the bacteria (plaque) in your mouth are not cleaned off regularly through home care such as brushing and flossing and by regular professional cleanings, they may start to cause gum disease or loss of bone that supports your teeth.
How do I know if I have Gum Disease?
During regular dental checkups, your dentist and hygienist will take x-rays (radiographs) to check your bone levels and also check the depths of the pocketing spaces surrounding your teeth to make sure the gum pockets are staying healthy. Gum pockets are measured in millimeters and if deeper gum pockets 5 mm or greater are found and bone loss is seen on x-rays it’s time to act!
Here are some warning signs that you may have gingivitis or gum disease:
Gums that bleed easily or have pus around them
Red, swollen or tender gums
Bad breath or bad taste
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
What can be done to treat Gum Disease?
The great news is, there are many things that can be done to help treat gum disease. Changing your home care routine can be a very helpful start. Electric toothbrushes such as a sonicare and using a waterpik (water irrigator for your gums) are a few ways that can help remove more bacteria.
Dr. Andersen may also recommend scaling and root planning (SRP) which is a deeper cleaning that helps remove plaque from deeper pockets to help the pockets heal. Local anesthetic may be placed prior to SRP to make sure that you are comfortable for the cleaning. After the pockets are cleaned an antibiotic may be placed in the gum pocket and an oral rinse may also be recommended to help fight off those bacteria and let the gums heal. To learn more about periodontal therapies please visit these links http://artisandentalmadison.com/education/periodontal-therapy/ or http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_46.ashx
What happens after Scaling and Root Planing?
After an agreed upon time frame, you will return to the office and we’ll recheck the depth of the gum pockets to see if the measurements are improving and also to see how your home care routine is going. Periodontal maintenance cleanings will be recommended every 3 to 4 months to keep the tissues stable.
What happens if my gum disease gets worse?
In more advanced cases of gum disease or gum disease that doesn’t respond to SRP, you may be referred to a periodontist (gum specialist) for further evaluation or recommendations to get the infection under control.
We hope that all of our patients have healthy mouths all the time, but if not, we’re ready to work with you to treat any gum disease that may be present.
Just a reminder that we are continuing our Wellness Series Friday, November 21st and we would LOVE to have you and a guest join us for free.
Hatha Yoga-November 21st – 6:45-8:15 p.m.
The Studio (625 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703)
Hatha yoga is a time-tested, whole person wellness approach that incorporates a range of physical postures, breathing methods and attention training techniques designed to facilitate mind-body integration and enhanced physical, emotional and mental health. The Artisan Dental Wellness Series class will be taught by Tiffany Huard and is appropriate for beginners and those with an established yoga practice.
Space is limited so please call or email us to reserve your spot. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the event and bring your yoga mat if you have one.
We look forward to connecting with you at The Studio in November.
For more info on our Wellness Series please visit our website. http://artisandentalmadison.com/artisan-dental-wellness-series/