By Lanier Periodontics
August 26, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dealing with tooth loss can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean you have to continue living with it. Restorative dentistry can help you rebuild your smile’s foundation, and it’s an area of dentistry we have extensive experience in.  Bone Graft Smile
Implant dentistry is a primary focus at the office of Lanier Periodontics. If you are looking for a tooth replacement that’s permanent and long lasting, a dental implant is a great choice. However, we understand that some patients wait too long to move forward with treatment, thus, jawbone recession occurs. We don’t want patients to feel like a dental implant is no longer a choice for them because it can still be the primary restorative option, as long as a patient is interested in discussing a bone graft. 

What Can a Bone Graft Do? 

Bone grafting allows for a more effective tooth replacement and also increases the support to patient’s facial features. If a patient loses quite a bit of teeth and bone, the facial features will start to sag and the patient will have a more aged appearance.
Primarily, bone grafts are used for saving the bone. If teeth are at risk for falling out, the bone around them can be saved through grafting. It helps to increase the bone support and keep them in place. 

Why Do Some Patients Need a Bone Graft? 

Dental implants require good bone volume and density so they may achieve ultimate functionality and a high success rate. Initially, bone grafting prevents the collapse of the surrounding tissues, whether that is bone or soft tissue. Then, through a process called “guided tissue regeneration,” the patient’s body is fooled biochemically to recognize the graft as natural bone. Over time it resorbs and replaces it with the patient’s own native bone.
For more information on bone grafting and the procedure, contact Lanier Periodontics in Gainseville at (770) 536-0201.
By Lanier Perio
July 01, 2014
Category: Oral Health

How to Protect The Fight Against Periodontal Disease

In the U.S., almost half of adults aged 30 years and older have been diagnosed with a form of periodontal disease (statistics last updated in 2013), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s because many patients aren’t taking action by utilizing at-home dental products and receiving annual exams.  Fighting Periodontal Disease
You want to avoid periodontal disease because it will impact the foundation of your teeth and gums. Below we have listed two things you can do to help lower the risk of gum disease. 

Floss: The Key to Locking Down Oral Health 

A toothbrush can’t battle bacteria and food particles by itself—it needs help. That’s why floss should be one of your main priorities, especially for the sake of your gums. Floss is one of the best dental tools to help stimulate the gums and get between the teeth where debris and plaque are hiding. 

Be Prepared for the Worst-Case Scenario—Gum Disease 

It’s important to be realistic. Everyone is susceptible to tooth decay, and that means everyone is also capable of developing gum disease. If you understand you are at risk, you can use that as your motivation to uphold a strict oral hygiene regimen and commit to annual dental checkups. 
Protect the teeth you have right now. Please call our practice at (770) 536-0201 for more information about periodontal therapy in Gainesville.  

Deciding Between an Extraction or a Root Canal

It started off as a nagging pain in your tooth. You ignored it for a while hoping it would go away, but it only seemed to get worse. Before you knew it, it was keeping you up all night and it was impossible to eat. That’s when you finally gave in and decided it was time to see your dentist. We’re glad you got your problem checked out before you had to deal with any more unnecessary pain. However, now you might be considering whether you should get a root canal or an extraction. If you’re leaning more toward getting a tooth extraction in Gainesville, here are some helpful facts to help make the decision process a bit easier. Extractions

Consider Your Finances

If you’re pinching your pennies, it’s true that a root canal and possible crown will be more expensive than just opting for the extraction. However, if your insurance says they will cover the procedure or money isn’t the biggest concern, then this might not be the most important deciding factor for which treatment path you take.


Don’t Let Pain Get in the Way

Some people fear pain so they decide not to get a root canal; however, with advancements in technology you would be amazed at how painless it really is. Don’t listen to other people’s stories—it will only fuel your fear. Root canals are standard procedures nowadays. But if the idea of a root canal still has you stressed beyond belief, then getting a tooth removed in Gainesville might be the way to go.

Assess Your Schedule Conflicts

If you’re dealing with a hectic schedule, it can be difficult to find time for multiple appointments. Root canals usually take about three separate office visits before everything is finished. Extractions, on the other hand, are a simple one-day procedure. So if your work schedule is rather strict and inflexible, you might want to take that into account when making your choice.
However, before you make your final decision about the health of your tooth, make sure to talk to us first at (770) 536-0201. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about dental extractions in Gainesville.
In Gainesville, dental implant technology used at Lanier Periodontics is BioHorizons. It’s one of the best dental implant designs available for restorative dentistry. Why is that?
The success of a dental implant depends on osseointegration, which is the body’s reaction to the screw-like implant. Since implants are designed to be biocompatible, the body is able to accept it, instead of rejecting it like other foreign objects. This is osseointegration.
Dental Implants
What sets BioHorizons apart from the other dental implants?  It’s the Laser-Lok technology.

Laser-Lok: Are You Ready to Lock In Your Smile? 

Laser-Lok is micro channels precisely carved into the upper part of the implant. Once a BioHorizon’s Implant is placed in the jawbone, the Laser-Lok’s cell-sized channels rest at the gum line.
It’s common for an implant to have carvings at the top part, but Laser-Lok is smaller, making it easier for the bone and gum cells to make contact with the inner workings of the micro channels.
This decreases the chance of gum and bone recession, which occur when there isn’t a dental implant in place.
For a solid smile, think about dental implants as your next dental solution.
Do you see dental implants in your future? If so, call our periodontist office in Gainesville at (770) 536-0201 for information about dental implants. Gainesville residents can complete their smiles with top restorative procedures.
By Lanier Periodontics
January 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Be Wise: Extract Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Do you remember when your primary teeth fell out almost as quickly as they erupted? Typically by the age of 13, you’ve had your fair share of tooth fairy visits. When you hit your late teens, most of your permanent teeth have erupted. You may think it’s over, but from your late teens to young adulthood, your third set of molars, also known as wisdom teeth, will start to come in. Extractions
You had teeth erupt before—what’s the big deal? Some people aren’t affected by the eruption of wisdom teeth, but many patients need to have wisdom teeth extracted. It’s unwise to leave misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth untreated. If you don’t have enough room in your jaw for extra teeth, the third molars can cause your teeth to shift. More importantly, impacted wisdom teeth need to be taken care of sooner, rather than later.

Negative Impact of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the third molars don’t have enough room to erupt or grow. This means it is enclosed within the gum tissue or jawbone, or the impacted molars partially erupt through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth that haven’t erupted can cause discomfort but nothing too disconcerting. However, most dentists recommend removing impacted wisdom teeth to prevent future dental problems.
If it’s a case of partially erupted wisdom teeth, an extraction should be in order. It is hard to properly clean the back molars, which is why partially erupted third molars are more susceptible to cavities. Bacteria can also easily access the opening around the tooth, possibly causing an infection. Plus, you may even increase your chances of gum disease.
Be wise—let your periodontist in Gainesville discuss an extraction procedure. It’s important to go over your options and map out a plan. To schedule an appointment with your Gainesville periodontist, call (770) 536-0201. Or patients can submit an online appointment form. If you have further questions regarding extractions in Gainesville, leave a comment below!

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