GUM DISEASE - Gibsonia, PA

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You May Have Gum Disease

Do you have red, receding, or tender gums? Are your teeth sensitive? Have you noticed pockets forming between your gums and your teeth? These are all telltale signs of gum disease. Brushing and flossing twice daily in addition to having regular checkups and professional cleanings are critical to maintaining your dental health. But it’s not just your teeth that benefit from those habits. Your gums also stay healthy when you follow recommended dental hygiene routines.

By taking these steps, you eliminate harmful bacteria from remaining in your mouth.

By taking these steps, you eliminate harmful bacteria from remaining in your mouth and closing the door to oral, and systemic infection. When allowed to flourish, those bacteria can cause gum disease, or periodontal disease. Though this may begin as minor oral discomfort, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, jawbone recession, and even serious whole-body health problems like cardiovascular disease. Don’t let gum disease go untreated. Before your condition deteriorates, seek targeted treatment for gum disease in Gibsonia, PA from our skilled team at Smile! Dental Center.
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Gum Disease Warning Signs

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Development and refinement of dental implants is considered one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. The placement of implants calls for careful diagnosis and treatment planning, both of which require advanced training and experience. Dental implants are made of titanium and other biocompatible materials. Surgically placed in your jaw, the posts function as sturdy anchors for replacement teeth after they fuse with your natural bone. After the fixture is securely in place, a stable connecting piece called an abutment is attached. The final step is the creation of a zirconia or porcelain crown that is customized in the perfect shape and shade to blend in with your adjacent teeth, complement your facial esthetics and restore oral function.

An overdenture combines the stability of dental implants with the convenience of a removable denture. Overdentures are removable teeth mounted on a pink resin base customized to provide an exact fit over your existing gums. The overdenture securely snaps in place using button-like locators or a ball system fixed in place on the dental implants. The first step in this process involves taking digital impressions to create a temporary denture. After the temporary denture is created, we take diagnostic images to plan the placement of the dental implants. Special healing caps are placed over your implants and you’ll return to our practice periodically so Dr. Foust can ensure your healing is proceeding as expected. After the implants have fused with your bone, we take new impressions with the abutments attached, then send them to a dental laboratory that will design your permanent prosthesis.

TeethXpress® full arch dental implants provide a permanent, stable and durable alternative to dentures. Using surgical guides, Dr. Foust strategically places implants in your jaw where the bone is most dense, thereby eliminating the need for bone grafting. This also ensures that implants will fully integrate with your existing bone in a process called osseointegration. After your full arch dental implants are in place, Dr. Foust attaches a denture that restores function and beauty to your smile, which will boost your self-esteem and confidence! In addition, as long as you follow our maintenance guidelines, TeethXpress is guaranteed for five years!
Stabili-Teeth offer the same long-term reliability and long-lasting stability—at less than half the cost of traditional implants! This approach has revolutionized the science of creating implant-supported prostheses due to two key differences: First, this protocol offers same-day stability and immediate functional and esthetic results by combining the use of Narrow Diameter Implants (NDIs) and conventional implants on the day of surgery. This enables walking out of our practice with a full set of stable, functional teeth that snap into place. Second, engagement of all the dental implants after the three-month healing process and fitting of your final prostheses ensure that you never have to live another day without stable teeth. Stabili-Teeth also includes a five-year warranty.

Stages of Gum Disease

When we catch gum disease at its earliest stage, gingivitis, we can reverse it. However, if your condition reaches an advanced stage, it may become incurable.



The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis is caused by plaque and calculus buildup along the gumline. This stage is usually accompanied by swollen gums that may bleed while brushing and flossing. At this point, the disease has not reached the bone underneath the gums, and as a result, is reversible.


At this second stage your gums may be receding, and deep periodontal “pockets” have formed between your teeth and gums. These pockets are hollow areas that harbor tartar, plaque, and disease-causing bacteria. Open and susceptible to infection, bacteria has reached and permanently damaged your bone. If you believe you’re at this stage, seek gum disease treatment immediately to prevent further damage including tooth loss.
Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced Periodontitis

During the final stage of gum disease, the infection has progressed and damaged the connective tissues and jawbone that support your teeth. As a result, your teeth can loosen, shift, and even fall out. This may result in changes to your bite and malocclusion as well as significant limitations to your oral function. We highly recommend immediate treatment and may advise receiving osseous surgery to manage the disease.

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Gum Disease and Whole-Body Health

The destructive effects of gum disease don’t stop with the mouth. Studies have shown that gum disease in [city], [state] and across the country has been positively linked to systemic health issues including heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, and diabetes and pregnancy complications. This is because the same bacteria that trigger gum disease can travel through your body and reach your major organs. You could be living each day with a systemic, low-grade infection. With all the dangers gum disease presents, it’s easy to see why you should do your best to prevent it and get help at the first sign of symptoms!

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