One of the things we love to do the most is helping our patients avoid uncomfortable dental problems. Through various preventive methods, we strive to promote healthy, happy smiles throughout the Las Vegas area.
A routine dental examination is the cornerstone of optimal oral health. New patients of Hillside Dental receive comprehensive care that will include x-rays and imaging with our intraoral camera, an oral examination that assesses teeth and gums, and oral cancer screening.
We encourage our patients to visit us every six months. This timing has been shown ideal for the early detection of dental problems like decay and gum disease. Assessment for gum health is vital to long-term oral health and is performed using magnification as well as precise instruments that measure the depth of spaces around teeth. Closely monitoring gum recession and the overall condition of the gums, we can best detect when treatment is necessary, and which form is needed based on current gum health.
Watch this informative & instructive video on how oral examinations are done by dentist Dr. Christopher Lim of Hillside Dental located in Las Vegas, NV
Routine dental care includes cleanings that remove plaque and tartar buildup and leave the smile bright and shiny. When necessary, deeper cleanings may also be planned as a method of maintaining gum health in the presence of gum disease.
Deep cleanings are referred to as scaling and root planing. This type of cleaning, performed very gently by our experienced practitioners, is intended for the removal of plaque from beneath the gums. Removing plaque and bacteria and smoothing root surfaces encourages gum tissue to reattach to teeth. Treatment is performed with the use of a local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort.
Our team is happy to demonstrate to our patients the proper techniques for brushing and flossing at home. Yes! There are techniques that are more efficient and less likely to cause abrasions to the delicate gum tissue.
Tissue grafting may be planned as a treatment for gum recession. Receding gums can lead to a number of unpleasant effects. Aside from the undesirable appearance of exposed roots, gum recession can cause sensitivity and an increased risk of cavities and tooth loss. Tissue grafting can be very successful and comfortable, as well, with a local anesthetic.
Through ongoing research, scientists have determined the serious nature of gum disease. More than a simple oral condition, gum disease can lead to a number of concerning health conditions if not properly treated. Some of the conditions that have been linked to gum disease include cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The cause of gum disease is oral bacteria. When these microorganisms accumulate on teeth and gums, oral structures are weakened by acid.
One of our goals is to help patients enjoy healthy teeth and gums through the ongoing management of oral bacteria. We cannot fully eliminate these natural oral organisms, but we can inhibit their effects on oral health with targeted dental care.
Gum disease first develops as gingivitis, the earliest form of infection. Due to the mild nature of gingivitis, the condition can easily be missed except during a dental check-up. This condition may cause the gums to become slightly inflamed. They may bleed a little bit during oral hygiene. Bad breath may also become a problem when gingivitis has developed. If treated at this stage, gum disease can be reversed through professional and home care.
Untreated, gingivitis will advance to periodontitis, an infection in the gums. The weakening of this supportive tissue leads to pockets into which bacteria can travel and accumulate. Periodontitis is typically treated with a deep cleaning that includes scaling and root planing. We may also treat infection with topical medication designed to inhibit bacterial activity.
Obtaining treatment for gum disease is vital to the stability of teeth, the health of the smile, and general health and well-being. Continually advancing, gum disease is a condition that can cause tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw.
Each person's smile is unique. When the gum tissue is more prominent, it is referred to as a "gummy smile." Patients who find their gummy smile unsatisfactory have the opportunity to transform their smile with a gentle, effective gum lift procedure at Hillside Dental.