Stephen H. Grossman Dental Blog
July 30, 2018
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health conditions, and it leads to a number of dental health concerns. What many patients don’t realize is how untreated gum disease can dramatically change the appearance of your smile. In this post, we’ll review some of the many ways that gum disease can change your smile unless it’s treated properly by a skilled dentist or periodontist.
June 11, 2018
Patients may need periodontal surgery to repair damage caused by gum disease, to graft soft tissue, or to reshape their gum line by removing excess tissue. There are a number of different methods used to perform these soft tissue surgeries, but in recent years, many dentists have started to offer conservative treatment using soft tissue lasers. Before beginning your gum surgery, read this post to learn more about your surgical treatment options. When you visit a periodontist for your gum treatments, you will likely have more options, so you should consider scheduling a consultation with a local periodontal specialist.
May 28, 2018
It is estimated that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Among the leading cause for tooth loss is due to periodontal disease, which affects roughly 50% of Americans. If you are among those who have lost teeth due to the infection, you now need an effective tooth replacement option to complete your smile. You have heard about the benefits of dental implants in Westford; however, you are not sure if they are right for you because you have a history of gum disease. In some cases, you are still a candidate for the procedure.
March 3, 2018
If you suffer from gum disease and have experienced significant gum tissue recession or diminishment in the level of supportive tooth structure, you may need to consider innovative LANAP treatment. This procedure allows your skilled dental team to safely and comfortably remove damaged structures and jump start the soft tissue healing and reattachment process. We most often recommend this treatment as part of a periodontal therapy plan to improve oral health following advanced gum disease. In this post, we’ll discuss these innovative treatments and the many oral health benefits.
February 12, 2018
The health of your mouth is important to you, which is why you take the time to brush your teeth twice a day to prevent cavities. Although tooth decay is a leading cause of oral health complications, it is not the only threat to your smile. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can wreak havoc on your dental and general health. Although it is easily preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least half of adults have it. At the first sign of the infection, it is vital that you seek immediate care from your periodontist.
January 6, 2018
Too many people take their gums for granted. Maintaining the health of the soft pink tissue that supports your teeth can help to keep your entire body in good shape. Unfortunately, gum disease is all too common; in fact, according to one estimate, almost half of all adults in the United States have some form of this condition. Without help from a skilled periodontist (a dentist who specializes in gum treatment), they are at risk for several oral and systemic health problems. If your gums are suffering, one procedure that might get them back in good shape is scaling and root planing. Let’s talk about this treatment.
December 19, 2017
Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating condition that affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The neurodegenerative condition is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. While the exact cause of it has yet to be discovered, there are certain genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that are believed to increase the risk for it. Now, research shows that those with prolonged untreated periodontal disease (gum disease) could develop the condition. With the bacteria responsible for the infection often found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s, it is more important than ever to visit your periodontist for gum disease therapy at the first sign of inflammation.
October 28, 2017
Periodontal disease, more often referred to as gum disease, can lead to a number of oral health concerns, including tooth decay, gum tissue recession, and even tooth loss. Most patients are aware of this, but what many people don’t know is that gum disease adversely affects the whole body. Studies are still being conducted to help dentists and patients alike better understand the specific links between gum disease and oral health, but the results are clear in stating that poor oral health increases your risk for numerous overall health concerns. Brush and floss daily, visit the dentist regularly and seek treatment for periodontal disease right away.
September 6, 2017
Brushing your teeth before bed has started to look like a war zone in your sink. There has been blood the last few times and you’re not sure why since your teeth don’t hurt. Did you know that this is actually an early indication of periodontal (gum) disease, which is a very prevalent condition among American adults? More than half of adults over the age of thirty are dealing with gum disease in some form. Periodontal laser surgery in Concord can help patients who are living with advanced gum disease, and here’s why seeing a periodontal specialist is the best choice for your oral health.
August 6, 2017
Like all dental problems, gum disease occurs on a spectrum– from mild to severe. The kind of treatment a patient requires depends directly on the severity of their gum disease, and today, your periodontist is going to discuss the different procedures they can use to help patients with varying needs. (more…)