According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. Periodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth-loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Grand Junction, CO, dentists, Drs. Brandon Berguin, Kira Funderburk and William Berguin, for your bi-annual dental checkup.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.
When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may notice swelling and your gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.
Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:
- Bad breath or bad taste that persists
- Gums pulling away from teeth
- Loose permanent teeth
- Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen
Reasons for Gum Disease:
Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:
- Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
You should have an oral and dental examination at your Grand Junction family dentist's office every six months. In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition to brushing, flossing daily, before going to bed, will help remove food debris and reduce the buildup of plaque.
In addition to oral hygiene, avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth, and drinking water, which can wash away food debris.
Scaling and Root Planing
Sometimes gum disease doesn't respond to conventional treatment and self-care like flossing so you may require scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing helps gums reattach to the tooth structure.
The procedure begins with:
- Administration of a local anesthetic
- Then a small instrument called a scaler is used to clean plaque and tartar beneath your gum line
- The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed
If you want to schedule an appointment with Drs. Brandon Berguin, Kira Funderburk and William Berguin, a bi-annual checkup or because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call (970) 241-3483. His office is conveniently located in Grand Junction, CO, so don't hesitate to visit them as soon as possible.
Root Canals are essential to your oral health care. Some people think they are painful, but modern technology has come a long way allowing your Grand Junction, CO, dentist to treat your tooth pain.
What's a root canal?
A tooth is composed of several layers. The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part. The layer under it is called dentin. This layer is yellowish and a bit softer. The third layer of the tooth is called the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves. The last layer is called cementum. This part anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and then the dentin, it reaches the pulp, which causes pain. Your Grand Junction dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
Why would I need a root canal?
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up. Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean at some point, but you have to deal with bacteria eating away at your teeth.
Brushing and flossing aren't the only things you need to take into consideration. Eating sugary foods and drinks like sugary gum and soda can contribute to this issue. Healthy foods like apples and constantly drinking water will help remove plaque and food debris from your teeth.
If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your Grand Junction, CO, dentists. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (970) 241-3483.
How cosmetic dentistry from Grand Junction can improve your smile
People often visit the dentist because of tooth pain, but wouldn’t it be nice to visit the dentist to actually improve the appearance of your smile? Too many people forget about cosmetic dental services and how the right cosmetic dental procedure can give you a beautiful smile. Your dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO want to introduce you to some dental services you may want to consider.
If your teeth aren’t as bright white as they once were, you may want to consider a professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening is different than generic whitening kits you can buy at the store. Professional teeth whitening offers results that you can’t get with over-the-counter products. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter and the results can last up to 5 years! Western Slope Dental Center offers a rapid in-office whitening treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit.
If you need a filling, before you jump to metal fillings, you may want to consider a cosmetic filling. Composite, a liquid resin, is used for cosmetic fillings. After the material is color-matched and sculpted perfectly to match your teeth, the composite is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light. The result is a filling that is virtually invisible when you smile.
If you have jagged, unsightly teeth, you might want to consider dental bonding. Like cosmetic fillings, dental bonding uses composite which is matched to the color of your teeth. The composite is laid over the top of the treatment area and then hardened with the ultraviolet light. Dental bonding is often combined with recontouring and reshaping to create a more uniform, harmonious smile.
If you want a dazzling smile that pops, you might want to consider porcelain veneers, which are thin sheaths of porcelain cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. The porcelain is translucent and reflects light, so the veneers look completely natural and beautiful. Porcelain also resists stains, giving you a lifetime of bright white smiles.
When you visit the dentist, think about improving your smile with a cosmetic dental treatment. For more information about cosmetic and restorative dentistry call your dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO today!
When you are missing teeth, you have gaps in your smile. Your smile is not the only thing affected by tooth loss, though. Other problems can develop, as well. Tooth functioning in the remaining natural teeth can be compromised when other teeth are missing. Fortunately, there is a solution. Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, complete your smile and restore tooth functioning. In Grand Junction, CO, dental implants can be installed by Dr. Berguin or Dr. Kira of Western Slope Dental Center.
Dental implants replace not just missing teeth, but their roots as well. A dental implant consists of three parts, the implant, an abutment and the crown. The implant is made of hypoallergenic metal and is fused to the jaw bone below the gum line. The metal implant acts as the root and anchors the entire dental implant in place. The crown can be made from porcelain or other materials and replaces the actual tooth. Crowns look and function just like natural teeth. The abutment joins the implant and crown together but is not visible once the crown is installed.
Restoring Your Smile
Dental implants restore your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. There are other options for replacing missing teeth, but dental implants offer advantages over other options. For instance, dentures can come loose or slip out of place. Since they are permanently fused to the jaw bone, dental implants will not loosen or slip out while talking, eating or drinking. Ask a dentist in Grand Junction if dental implants are right for you.
Correcting Damage from Tooth Loss
In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants can correct damage from tooth loss. Following the loss of some teeth, the remaining teeth take on more work performing such functions as biting and chewing. This can put added strain on those teeth, causing them to become worn down. Dental implants give you a full set of functioning teeth again so that biting and chewing functions are evenly distributed across all teeth. Speech can improve, as well. When there are no gaps, tongue placement when speaking can return to normal.
Dental implants can accomplish several things, including restoration of your smile, correcting damage from tooth loss and improving speech. For installation of dental implants in Grand Junction, CO, schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin or Dr. Kira by calling Western Slope Dental Center at (970) 241-3483.
Crowns, also called caps, are full-tooth coverings that give your smile more strength and security. They’re commonly made of porcelain, ceramic material or porcelain fused to metal and can be installed relatively quickly—in about two dentist visits. If you have a tooth that needs repair or restoration, explore the other benefits of getting dental crowns at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO.
Why Dental Crowns?
Crowns are useful dental devices that are custom-designed to fit your smile. There are a few reasons why your dentist may recommend dental crowns as a part of your treatment plan:
- You have a tooth that looks dark or discolored and can’t be whitened using bleaching agents
- You need a root canal, so a crown must be made to cover the tooth after it has been treated
- You have a tooth that’s chipped, broken or has unattractive ridges in the surface
- One tooth is out of place (protruding or misaligned)—a crown can correct its position
Benefits of Crowns
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that 15 million Americans have at least one crown—there’s a good chance that someone you know has one. Consider these benefits of adding dental crowns to your smile:
- Whiter, brighter looking teeth
- The crown is designed to very closely resemble the outer surface of a natural tooth, including its shape, size and color
- Strong, durable protection for the root of your tooth
- 10-15 years or more before you need to get another crown
How Long to Get a Crown?
You should expect to visit your Grand Junction dentist at least twice to get a crown installed—the appointments are a few weeks apart. At the first appointment, your dentist will make adjustments to the affected tooth so that a crown can fit over it, then take impressions. At the next appointment, your custom crown will be applied with dental cement and contoured to fit in with your smile.
Time to Get "Crowned"
There’s no time like the present to talk to a dentist at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO about how crowns can help your smile. Call (970) 241-3483 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin or Dr. Funderbunk.
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