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Gum Disease

What to Know About Periodontal Disease

Understanding Periodontal Disease  Periodontal disease is a common oral health condition that affects many people worldwide but often goes untreated. It can cause severe consequences for the teeth and underlying bone structure without treatment. However, when you understand the warning signs and start treatment, you can protect your smile and overall health.  What is Periodontal

Internal and External Root Resorption

Root resorption is a term used in endodontics that refers to the changes occurring in the roots of your teeth that aren’t caused by decay or a fracture. The body begins breaking down the tissue surrounding the tooth and absorbs it. Although the cause isn’t always known, resorption may start in two ways: internally or

What is Perio Maintenance, and Why Do I Need it?

We hear this question quite frequently from our patients who have completed their gum treatments.  After undergoing the required dental procedures to treat active periodontal disease, a different type of maintenance is necessary to keep the periodontal tissues healthy.  In this article, we will explain why this maintenance routine is so important. What is Perio

Can a Gingivectomy Improve My Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile is one in which an abnormal amount of pink gum tissue is visible above the upper front teeth when the person smiles.  This is a relatively unattractive appearance that many people dislike. It can give the illusion of the teeth being far too short or too small for one’s face. The good news

Dental implants replace missing teeth

Tooth Loss from Gum Disease

I’ve Lost Teeth Due to Gum Disease.  Can I Still Get Dental Implants? This is a great question to ask when you consider the treatment options to replace missing teeth.  At Empire Dental Specialty Group, we love replacing missing teeth and restoring the ability to chew.  One of the best and most predictable ways we

What to know about a Periodontic referral

What to Know About A Periodontic Referral

Why Did My Dentist Refer Me to a Periodontist? I Just Want a Regular Cleaning. We hear this question quite frequently.  It can be confusing to understand the different types of dental cleanings and why one is necessary for some people and not for others.  If your dentist refers you to see a periodontist (a gum

Periodontic Treatments

Why Did My Dentist Refer Me to a Periodontist?

We hear this question quite frequently.  It can be confusing to understand the different types of dental cleanings and why one is necessary for some people and not for others.  If your dentist refers you to see a periodontist (a gum specialist), that means a “regular” cleaning will not fix your dental problem. What is

It’s National Gum Care Month!

September brings the month of National Gum Care, a time to raise awareness for healthy gums everywhere. No matter your age, you should always be striving for great oral care, and this doesn’t just mean your teeth. Your gums are just as important when it comes to maintaining a great smile. As new research develops,

Using Scaling and Root Planing to Treat Gum Disease

Have you been diagnosed with gum disease or periodontal disease? If so, you are not alone. A 2015 study affirmed that chronic periodontitis afflicted 47.2% of adults who were over 30 years old in the U.S. This oral condition, which is a result of the harmful effects of plaque – a sticky bacterial film that