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Periodontal

How a Frenectomy Helps a Gummy Smile

Many people focus on changing their teeth to improve their smile. However, gum tissue can impact the appearance of your smile almost as much as your teeth. Treating a gummy grin can enhance your smile, but it can also improve your overall oral health. One such procedure that creates beautiful results is a frenectomy. What

IV sedation for oral surgery.

IV Sedation for Oral Surgery

When it comes to oral surgery, the first thing many people think of is wisdom teeth.  Close on its heels comes the thought of being “put to sleep” for their removal.  You are correct in thinking that most people do opt for sedation when having their wisdom teeth removed.  Many people choose IV sedation for

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

All on 4 Dental Prosthesis

What is All on 4 Tooth Replacement?

All on 4 Implants When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have a number of options! One of the options that is rapidly gaining in popularity is commonly referred to simply as “all on 4”. We will describe this dental treatment option in detail here. What is All on 4? All on 4 is a dental

Sinus infections and tooth infections

Can a Tooth Extraction Cause Sinus Problems?

People suffering from chronic sinus infections or inflammation are surprised to hear from a doctor or dentist that it could be related to their teeth.  Both dental infections and dental treatments can affect the sinus cavities on certain teeth.  We’ll explain that relationship here. How are the Teeth Related to the Sinuses? In general, the

Learn about crown lengthening

Crown Lengthening: What is it, and Do I Really Need it?

Many patients find it difficult or frustrating to hear that they need more than just a crown to “fix” a tooth.  One of the dental procedures that often accompanies a crown is a periodontal surgery known as crown lengthening.  This procedure may be necessary even for teeth without dental crowns.  We’ll explain below. What is

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

Understanding Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting Procedure

What to Know about Healing from Gum Grafting? Gum grafting is an important periodontal surgery that improves the stability and appearance of your teeth.  It can also alleviate pain and sensitivity from gum recession.  It is a moderately invasive surgery, and the healing phase is extremely important. The Skill of Your Surgeon Affects Healing Gum