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Periodontal Microsurgery

June 13, 2017

Microsurgery refers to non-invasive surgical procedures performed using the surgical microscope. The surgical microscope has revolutionized the practice and delivery of care in dentistry.  Like all surgical specialties, periodontal surgery relies heavily on visualization. Enhanced visualization and magnification afforded by the surgical microscope, and the use of finer instruments in periodontal microsurgery, result in a less invasive procedure, less trauma to the patient and therefore more successful clinical results.

What Can Diabetics Do to Lower the Risk of Having Periodontal Disease?

February 8, 2017

The patient diagnosed with diabetes should inform his/her dentist and dental hygienist of the diagnosis. The importance of good oral hygiene in a diabetic cannot be over stated. The patient with diabetes should consider seeing a periodontist for a periodontal assessment and screening. After a complete periodontal assessment, the periodontist will establish if the patient has already developed periodontal diseases or not. The periodontist will then develop a plan to eliminate any existing risk factors, both local and systemic, which may lead to periodontal diseases.

Are Diabetics Aware of Their Increases Propensity for Periodontal Disease?

February 3, 2017

No. Diabetics are often asked by their primary healthcare provider to see a nephrologist to check the status of their kidneys, or an ophthalmologist to make sure their diabetes does not affect their eyes. However, they are not always aware of the link between diabetes and their oral health.

How Are Diabetes and Periodontal Disease Related?

February 1, 2017

Numerous long-term studies have shown that diabetics experience three times more periodontal diseases than their non-diabetic counterparts. In fact, periodontal diseases are recognized as the sixth clinical complication of diabetes.The relationship between diabetes and periodontal diseases are bi-directional, that is, a patient with diabetes is more likely to have periodontal diseases. By the same token, periodontal therapy in diabetics results in an improvement in his/her diabetic control.

What if there is not adequate bone for dental implants?

January 23, 2017

Referred to as ridge augmentation, this surgical procedure involves augmenting the host bone before implants are placed. During this procedure, bone or bone substitutes are added where needed to ensure a proper foundation for implants. Depending on the extent of bone augmentation required, the healing may take up to nine months before placing implants. Patients missing teeth in the upper back jaw may require a sinus augmentation procedure, also known as a sinus lift.