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How Do I Know If I Have Receding Gums?

October 18th, 2017

Gum recession refers to the process in which the gum tissue around the teeth pulls away or wears down, exposing more tooth root. Since the bottom surfaces of teeth do not have protective enamel covering them, the exposed roots are more susceptible to both sensitivity and decay. Because gum recession occurs slowly, many people don’t even realize they have a potential problem. Gum recession is a very common problem that we diagnose and treat regularly for patients in and around Wilmington and Dover, DE. It’s important that this problem is detected early so the actual cause of the receding gums can be determined.

Causes of Gum Recession

There are a variety of causes of gum recession

  • Periodontal disease
  • Overly-aggressive brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco usage
  • Partial dentures that don’t fit properly

How to Tell if You Have Gum Recession

Here is a short guide that can help you determine if you have receding gums:

  1. Healthy gums are firm, light pink, and very elastic. If your gums don’t fit that description, it’s time to visit our Dover periodontist for an examination. If your gums are red and puffy and not as firm as they used to be, it’s likely that you have early stage periodontal disease and receding gums.
  2. Healthy gums don’t bleed easily. If your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing, you may have receding gums.
  3. Do your teeth appear to be longer than they were before? When you look closely at your teeth in the mirror, do you notice that you are seeing more tooth surfaces they you used to? This is one of the easiest ways to tell if your gums are receding. When gums recede, more of the tooth is visible.
  4. Are your teeth sensitive? Tooth sensitivity is an early indicator of gum recession. If you feel more discomfort than usual when you bite down or chew, your gums may have receded.
  5. Are your teeth loose? If your teeth are loose, you may have advanced gum recession and severe periodontal disease. Loose teeth are a sign that the supporting bone structure of the teeth has deteriorated by the bacteria in diseased gums. If the mobility of your teeth is severe, you could end up losing those teeth so it’s imperative to see a periodontist right away.

How Dr. Klassman Treats Gum Recession & Periodontal Disease

Dr. Klassman offers several treatments and procedures to treat gum recession and periodontal disease including Pinhole gum rejuvenation, deep cleaning (scaling), laser periodontal therapy, and more.

When you visit us for treatment for your receding gums, Dr. Klassman will provide you with a thorough examination, followed by a discussion, which will include him asking you some questions to help him determine what has caused your gums to recede. He will then tell you what his treatment recommendation is, based on his findings and your individual case.

Contact Us Today

If you suspect that you have gum recession, it’s important to visit a periodontist for a consultation. To set up an appointment with Dr. Klassman, please call our office at (302) 658-7871 or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you soon and providing you with the periodontal care you need for a healthy and happy smile!

Hybrid Dentures vs. Removable Dentures

September 16th, 2017

Among the various options in Dover dental implants we offer at Delaware Periodontics are hybrid dentures.These dentures are also called All-On-Four dental implants and hybrid fixed detachable dentures. Hybrid dentures differ considerably from the traditional removable dentures most people are familiar with. Therefore, we’d like to highlight those differences below, beginning with an explanation of what a hybrid denture is.

What is a Hybrid Denture?

A hybrid denture is a permanent set of teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Essentially, this type of denture is stabilized in the jaw bone and is a cross between a traditional denture and a fixed bridge. This tooth replacement option is often the best solution for people who have a significant amount of bone loss in the jaw and who don’t want to have multiple teeth removed in order to be fitted with dentures.

This offers the stability and health benefits of dental implants, with the coverage and ease of dentures. It’s a great solution for people missing most, if not all of the teeth in an arch. With this treatment, minimal implant posts are strategically placed throughout the arch to support the denture.

How a Hybrid Denture Differs from a Removable Denture

Unlike a removable denture that requires adhesive to keep it stable, a hybrid denture is firmly attached to four or more implants in the jaw. Following the healing of the implants in the jaw bone, the implants are connected to abutments that are screwed into a metal framework. The hybrid denture is fixed and does not need to be taken out every day like regular dentures, making it a much more convenient option for replacing missing teeth.

Unlike removable dentures that often feel bulky and uncomfortable, hybrid dentures represent a more comfortable option. And since the upper palate is left open, these dentures make it easier to fully taste and enjoy all the flavors of foods. Hybrid dentures also don’t move and shift out of place like removable dentures often do, as they’re very secure and stable. This stability also prevents any soreness from developing, which is common when removable dentures are worn and especially when small pieces of food become trapped under the dentures.

Who is a Good Candidate for Hybrid Dentures?

In order to find out if you’re a good candidate for hybrid dentures, you will need to undergo an examination by Dr. Klassman. During your first visit, a variety of digital X-rays will be taken to determine if you have the bone structure needed to support implants and a proper bite alignment. Other factors which are taken into consideration when determining if you make a good candidate for hybrid dentures include:

  • Any existing health conditions you may have such as diabetes, respiratory disease or heart disease
  • Your lifestyle habits like tobacco usage
  • Your general health and strength of your immune system

Schedule Your First Visit Today!

At Delaware Periodontics, we’re proud to offer hybrid dentures to help solve all the problems that come with having missing teeth! To find out if a hybrid denture is the right tooth replacement option for you, please request an appointment with us or call our office at (302) 658-7871. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Cost of Dental Implants: What You Need To Know

September 16th, 2017

At Delaware Periodontics, we provide dental implants for people who’ve lost teeth due to periodontal disease or trauma so they can regain their self-esteem and return to eating all kinds of foods they enjoy. Of all the available options for replacing missing teeth including full and partial dentures and various types of dental bridges, dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement due to all the benefits they offer.

If you’re considering replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, one of the most popular periodontal options, you may be wondering how much implants cost. Below is a general cost guide that can help you decide if dental implants are something you’d like to pursue. We’ve broken down the pricing information based on the different types of dental implants you may need. We do accept a variety of insurances and offer flexible financing options to ensure that cost is not a deciding factor in your journey to a beautiful smile - just visit our Financial Information page for more information.

One Complete Dental Implant

A single dental implant, which is a metal post that’s embedded in the jawbone costs between $1,000 and $3,000. The necessary abutment and crown which are placed on top of the implant cost between $500 to $3,000. This brings the total cost of a complete dental implant to $1,500 - $6,000 in total.

Multiple Dental Implants

dental implantsIn general, multiple dental implants cost between $3,000 and $30,000, depending on how many teeth are being replaced. Replacing two to four teeth with multiple implants can cost between $6,000 and $10,000. This procedure is typically provided for people with healthy gums and bone structure on either side of the gapped area.

The cost of dental implants rises considerably if several teeth need to be replaced in several areas. In this type of situation, implant supported dentures are a better option as the number of missing teeth increases.

Implant Supported Dentures

A full set of implant supported dentures cost on average, approximately $34,000. Unlike traditional dentures, implant supported dentures are very stable and require no adhesives. They are a great option for people who are missing several teeth in a row.

Making Dental Implants More Affordable

At Delaware Periodontics, we believe that financial considerations shouldn’t be an obstacle to obtaining the periodontal care and implant dentistry services you need. Therefore, we’re committed to developing flexible payment plans. Our practice offers payment solutions through Lending Club and CareCredit, which are two popular financing options many of our patients use. We always encourage you to speak to us about any of your payment-related questions.

Contact Your Local Dover Periodontist Today!

If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, please request an appointment with us today. You can also call our Wilmington office at (302) 658-7871 and one of our dedicated staff members would be happy to assist you.

About Conscious Sedation

August 22nd, 2017

Some of the patients we see at Delaware Periodontics are so afraid of the dentist that their fear prevents them from getting the treatment they need. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry at our practice. Using a variety of techniques, we help our fearful and/or anxious patients relax before and during their dental procedures. If you’re afraid to visit your Dover, DE periodontist for a treatment or procedure you need, there’s no need to feel ashamed as many people feel like you do. One of the most popular sedation we use at our office is conscious sedation, that can help you relax and feel calm while in the dental chair.

How Conscious Sedation Works

Conscious sedation is typically achieved by taking a sedative medication either by swallowing a pill or administering it through an intravenous line (IV in a vein) or an injection into a muscle. The sedative is administered shortly before your Dover periodontist begins your procedure. The medication will help you quickly relax and become drowsy. If you are given the medication to swallow, you will feel its effects within 30 to 60 minutes. Once the medication takes effect, your breathing will slow down and your blood pressure may drop a bit. Our experienced team will monitor you at all times during your procedure to ensure that everything goes along as planned.

It is possible that you will drift off to sleep, but if you do, you will wake up easily and be able to respond to the people in the room. Once your procedure is done and the medication starts wearing off, you will not remember much about what went on and you’ll still feel somewhat drowsy. That’s why we ask that you make arrangements with a family member or friend before your appointment so they can drive you home afterward as you should not operate a motor vehicle while feeling drowsy.

At-Home Care

When you arrive home following your procedure, try to eat a healthy meal to restore your energy. You should be able to return to your everyday activities the day after you had the procedure done. Do not drive a vehicle, drink alcohol or operate any dangerous machinery for at least 24 hours. Be sure to follow all the post-procedure instructions your periodontist provides you with regarding your recovery.

Contact Your Local Dover, DE Periodontist

If you have any questions about conscious sedation or any of the procedures and treatments Dr. Klassman provides, please call us at (302) 658-7871 to ask as we’re always more than happy to speak with you! If you’d like to set up a consultation with Dr. Klassman, please request an appointment today. Don’t let your fear of the dentist stop you from getting the dental care you need! We can address and help you overcome your fear with our sedation dentistry services!