July 26, 2018
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are often the ideal solution because they restore the entire lost tooth – roots and crowns. What many patients don’t know, is that there are a number of different materials available to create the implant posts. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the most popular implant materials to help you make an informed choice in partnership with your skilled Sunnyvale dentistry team.
June 4, 2018
More patients than ever are replacing missing teeth using dental implant supported tooth replacement. Dentists recommend these solutions because they look, feel, and function more like healthy, natural teeth, ensuring patients maintain the optimal level of oral health for life. While dental insurance doesn’t typically cover the cost of dental implant posts or their placement, your dentist may be able to use insurance coverage for other aspects of your tooth replacement plan. In this post, we’ll review the ways that dental insurance impacts the costs of implant supported tooth replacement.
February 8, 2018
If you keep up with your twice a year dental appointments, you likely know how important a dental hygienist is to your biannual dentistry visits. However, you may not be taking full advantage of all your hygienist has to offer. Dental hygienists are skilled professionals who are invaluable resources for helping patients with their preventive dentistry needs and oral hygiene goals.
August 20, 2016
Dentures have been around for a while and with good reason—they are an excellent tooth replacement choice if you are missing all of the teeth along either your upper or lower arch. They recreate your attractive smile and they help to support your facial muscles and tissue so you can maintain the natural structure of your face. What could be better? Dentures that are secured to dental implants do offer distinct advantages over those that merely rest on top of your gum ridge. One of the best options is All-on-4 dental implants, which hold dentures in place with only four small posts.
March 16, 2016
Have you been wondering whether or not you should visit the dentist lately? If so, the answer is probably yes. There are some tell-tale signs that a dental visit is necessary — your dentist in Sunnyvale, Dr. George Philip, is here to help you make the right decision. Below are the top five signs you should schedule a dental appointment today!
December 23, 2015
When it comes to big improvements in dentistry, there’s no doubt it: we’ve made incredible strides in tooth replacement over the last couple of decades. Today, missing teeth can be restored far more comfortably and affordably than ever before. These aren’t your grandmother’s dentures — keep reading to learn about today’s dentures and dental implants in Sunnyvale from Dr. George T. Philip.
September 3, 2015
Missing teeth do more than inhibit our ability to chew and speak with ease. As people who are dealing with gaps in their smile know, missing teeth take a huge toll on our self-confidence. When you can’t smile or laugh without feeling embarrassed, life becomes a lot less fun.
August 3, 2015
If you’ve always wanted a white smile but never knew how to go about receiving one, you’ve come to the right place! There are millions of patients throughout the country who have smiles that they wish were much brighter. Dull, discolored teeth can be detrimental to anyone’s confidence. A confident person always smiles confidently, and you should do the same. Our office in Sunnyvale, TX is happy to assist each one of our patients in whatever way possible, and teeth whitening treatment is just one of the many cosmetic dentistry services we offer. It’s important to note that receiving teeth whitening treatment at our office isn’t the only way you can whiten your teeth. There are ways you can whiten your teeth that you never thought possible. We’re about to blow your mind…hope you’re ready! It’s the best teeth whitening Sunnyvale residents can learn about!
July 9, 2015
For many adults, gum disease goes unnoticed until it’s too late and they have a serious infection. However, there are ways you can change your oral health routine to avoid gum disease, and warning signs to look for. In Sunnyvale, TX the dental practice of Dr. George Philip can help you prevent and treat periodontal (gum) disease. Call to schedule an appointment today.
How Periodontal Disease Affects Dental Health
As we go through our daily routines eating, drinking, breathing, our mouth is producing bacteria. That bacteria reacts to sugars in our mouth to form an acid that can decay our teeth. When these bacterial colonies form between gums and teeth and are not removed during regular oral hygiene, periodontal disease can develop. As the disease progresses, gums become irritated or inflamed. They usually darken to red rather than pink. Left untreated infection can form below gums leading to abscessed teeth or gum recession. Bacterial growth will interfere with your gum tissue’s ability to support teeth. You may notice teeth shifting or falling out when gum disease is left untreated overtime.
In addition to the many adverse dental health effects, gum disease can harm your whole body health. Periodontal disease puts you at greater risk for many illnesses including heart disease and blood clots. The oral infection from the gum disease can spread to other parts of your body causing severe illness, and in extreme cases, death. It is essential that gum disease be treated quickly.
Do I Have Periodontal Disease?
Like so many chronic illnesses, gum disease can go unnoticed, until it has already cause a serious amount of oral health damage. However, committing to periodic dental checkups and hygiene appointments at least twice a year will help you avoid this because your dentist will often spot warning signs more quickly than you might. Here are some of the warning signs and symptoms of gum disease you should be aware:
- Red or inflamed gums
- Tender or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Severe halitosis (bad breath)
- Sores in your mouth
- Pus or other signs of infection around teeth
- Discoloring of teeth near the gum line
- Recession of gum tissue
- Teeth that feel loose or new gaps or spaces between teeth
- Bite stops feeling natural/pain when chewing
Sunnyvale Gum Disease Therapy Services
Periodontal disease can range from an extremely mild case often referred to by dental practitioners as gingivitis to severe cases that can have a detrimental health effect often called periodontitis. The gum disease therapy we offer is determined by the severity of your infection. For mild or moderate cases non-surgical therapy and antibiotic treatment are often able to fully restore periodontal health. Some non-surgical therapies are:
- Prescription of antimicrobial mouth rinse, oral antibiotic, antibiotic gel, or other medications to treat infection and kill the bacteria
- Regular dental cleanings can remove most plaque and tartar buildup caused by bacteria bonding to tooth that can irritate and infect gums
- Deep cleanings including scaling and root planing may be necessary, if the gum disease has spread or is severe
- Scaling – scraping away of plaque and tartar from above and below the gums
- Root planing – generally combined with scaling removes bacteria from the root of the tooth, and smooths the surface making it harder for bacterial colonies to form on root and easier for the gum to reattach
- Laser dentistry has been extremely affective in removing bacteria. Additionally, laser treatment can help avoid further gum irritation and reduce healing time.
In the most severe cases, periodontal disease may require one or more surgical procedures including bone or soft tissue grafts, bone tissue regeneration, flap surgery, pocket reduction surgery and more. In these severe cases, our office will likely refer you to a periodontal specialist for treatment.
Find Out More
If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms of gum disease or have been putting off visiting the doctor for regular checkups and cleanings, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Philip’s convenient Sunnyvale, TX dental practice. We can help heal your gums, and keep you smiling. Our office welcomes patients from Mesquite, Balch Springs, Rowlett, Rockwall, Dallas, and other local communities.