Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession

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Our gums support and protect our teeth and roots. Unfortunately, gum tissue can recede and the gumline pull away from a healthy position. Here is a look at why this happens, and how our Orange County dentist treats this issue.

 

Causes of gum recession

Common reasons why the gums recede include bruxism, gum disease, and brushing the teeth too hard. Someone may also suffer from receding gums due to aging, their genetic makeup, or poor tooth positions. Our expert in gum recession in Orange County may be able to determine the underlying cause.

 

Treatment possibilities

Our dentist utilizes pinhole surgery to treat this issue. This involves creating holes throughout the gums, effectively loosening the tissue. This allows them to glide the gums back over the teeth, protecting the roots and creating a better looking smile. Another type of treatment is gum grafting. Our dentist can use tissue from another area of your mouth, from a donor, or synthetic tissue to replace and fill out the gums. To ensure the results of treatment last, patients should refrain from smoking and similar bad habits, which inhibits healing and promotes inflammation.

If you are concerned about your gums and whether or not they have receded, schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession

What are Indirect Fillings?

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Up until very recently, the only type of fillings were direct fillings. These involved creating the filling right in the tooth. The material would be placed directly in the empty space created by a cavity or root canal treatment. While this method is still sometimes used today, indirect fillings are now much more popular.

Indirect fillings are created outside of the tooth, and then placed, instead of both at once. This requires two appointments. At your first appointment, our OC dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a lab where your filling will be created. Once completed and sent back, you can return to have them placed. This process may also be possible in just one appointment with CAD/CAM technology.

There are two types of indirect fillings – inlays and onlays. Inlays are the fillings that enter into the tooth, where onlays are for damage that only affects the cusps, or the surface. Dentists and patients alike prefer fillings in most situations, as they do not require as much loss of healthy tooth structure as dental crowns. They do, however, still require consistent care and regular check-ups from our dentist. We can answer any questions you may have on the topic in our office.

What are Indirect Fillings?

When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

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Inlays and onlays are an alternative option to fillings for patients who require restorative dental care. When a tooth is damaged or has suffered deep decay, and a space has formed that needs to be filled, dentists can use certain material to fill it. Dentists and their patients can work together to decide if a direct or indirect filling (inlay or onlay) should be used.

The difference between an inlay and an onlay is that an inlay is placed in the middle of a tooth, whereas an onlay goes on the surface of a tooth, otherwise known as the cusp or crown. They are referred to as indirect fillings because they are made in a lab using an impression of the tooth, and applied after they are sent back to our Orange County cosmetic dentist.

Indirect fillings offer several benefits over direct fillings.

• Superior fit
• Preservation of more of the tooth
• Easier to clean
• Non-staining
• Better blockage of decay
• Stability
• No reshaping required
• Protect weak areas
• Do not shrink

Our expert in onlays in Orange County can better inform you of the best situations for indirect fillings. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and restore the strength of your smile.

When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

When is Oral Surgery an Option?

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Any surgery may seem scary, but many patients are particularly fearful of oral surgery. It’s important to remember that oral surgery is meant to relieve pain and restore function. Certain dentists are experts in oral surgery, just as there are experts in endodontics and periodontics, and your dentist in OC dentist may refer you to one if you have a serious issue that has not responded to more conservative treatments.

There are many different types of oral surgery, performed to cure a wide range of issues, such as diseases and disorders. The following is information about some common surgeries.

 

Tooth extraction

A tooth may need to be removed for a number of reasons. Wisdom teeth are often removed if they are impacted, growing in misaligned, or show signs they might cause complications in the future. Teeth that have suffered deep decay and can no longer be restored are often extracted, as well.

 

Tooth replacement

When a tooth is extracted or knocked-out, the patient may choose to replace it with a dental implant. This requires our oral surgeon in Orange County to drill a hole in the jaw bone and insert a titanium post that will act as the base of the new artificial tooth.

 

Joint surgery

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, may not respond to conventional treatment. An oral surgeon can surgically fix the joints and alleviate pain.

When is Oral Surgery an Option?