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What Causes Crooked Teeth?

March 10th, 2019

young woman with a teeth broken and rotten

Periodontal Care in Wilmington & Dover, DE

Here at Delaware Periodontics, we are committed to providing expert periodontal and dental care services, including implants and laser gum treatment, to patients throughout the Wilmington & Dover areas. Our treatments are only one part of a healthy, beautiful smile, however. Here, we discuss the causes of crooked teeth.

Jaw Development & Oral Habits

The development of the jaw is one of the most important factors in how a smile will develop. In order for teeth to be straight, a wide palate and a straight dental arch must both be present. The jaw and cranial bones must develop correctly for these to occur. The posture, eating, and breathing as a child all affect the development of the jaw. This means that the causes of crooked teeth begin at a very young age. In addition, bad oral habits that are common in early childhood, such as thumb-sucking or using a pacifier, can cause bite issues, which contribute to crooked teeth.

Lip & Tongue Positioning

When at rest, the tongue should rest up against the palate, or upper jaw, and the facial muscles should hold the lips closed. To develop straight teeth, the muscles that connect to the jaw, base of the skull, spine, and throat should all function properly. If the tongue is in a lower or forward position, it can cause issues such as flaccidity or lack of mentalis muscle strain. Poor tongue and lip posture can lead to crooked teeth.

How Parents Can Help

As a parent, there are a few simple ways to help your child achieve healthy jaw growth and straight teeth before their permanent teeth emerge and crookedness becomes a problem:

  • Encourage your child to practice proper breathing: in through the nose, and out through the mouth.
  • Correct your child’s posture when necessary and encourage him or her to sit up straight
  • Monitor your child’s mouth in resting position and encourage proper tongue positioning (up against the palate) and closing of the lips.

Contact Your Wilmington & Dover, DE Periodontist Today!

The dedicated team of specialists here at Delaware Periodontics all share the same goal: to help patients throughout Wilmington, Dover, and the surrounding areas achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions related to oral development, oral health, or anything related to periodontics, we encourage you to call our office at (302) 658-7871 or request an appointment today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

August 6th, 2018

senior woman getting dental treatment

If your periodontist has recommended that you undergo dental implant surgery, you may be afraid that the process will be painful both during or after the procedure. While this is a common concern, the vast majority of most patients have stated that surgery is in no way painful and the recovery involves minimal discomfort. If you're still hesitant, we’ve outlined the procedure below, and you can always ask Dr. Klassman for more details if you’d like.

How Does Dental Implant Surgery Work?

The dental implant surgery process takes place over the course of several months and several visits. The first part of the process involves placing the implant into the jawbone using a screw. The screw will integrate with the jawbone via a process called osseointegration. The goal is to replace the original tooth root with an artificial one.

Once the implant is placed, the gums will be sutured using stitches. The implant will then be allowed to heal for three to six months. If necessary, your Dover periodontist will place temporary crowns so that you can eat, drink and smile in comfort.

Next, an abutment will be placed on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. An impression of the base will be taken and used to create your new implant. Finally, after an impression is made and the healing process complete, the implant cap will be placed, giving your smile an all-natural, finished look.

Will There Be Pain During or After the Procedure?

As with all surgical procedures, you are likely to experience some degree of discomfort during the recovery process. That said, you may experience slight bruising along the gums, pain at the implant site and minor bleeding. You may feel tenderness or swelling around the chin and cheeks and underneath the eyes. However, the pain is manageable with Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain meds.

You should not feel any pain during the surgery itself, as a local anesthetic is used to control the discomfort. If you are nervous about the surgery, a more intense sedative may be used.

Contact Your Local Wilmington & Dover, DE Periodontist!

Everyone responds differently to dental implant surgery, but for the most part, patients report that the procedure is relatively pain free. To learn more about the process and to determine whether or not it is right for you, call Delaware Periodontics at (302) 658-7871 or request your appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Gum Disease: How To Avoid It

July 24th, 2018

At Delaware Periodontics, we place a heavy emphasis on prevention, to help our patients practice excellent oral hygiene to ensure their smile stays as healthy as possible. However, we still see many cases of gum disease in our Wilmington office, and want to educate both current and prospective patients on this common infection. Dr. Bradford Klassman and his team examine, diagnose and treat gum disease with a variety of treatment options, including delivering minimally invasive laser periodontal treatment.

You can learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it below.

What is Gum Disease?

Healthy vs. Periodontal Disease Gums

Periodontal disease, called gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects only the gums. When the periodontitis is more severe, it attacks below the gum line and can damage all of the supporting tissues, resulting in your teeth detaching from the gums and the destruction of bony ridge that holds your teeth in, called the alveolar bone.

Why is Gum Disease Bad?

It is estimated that 35.8 million Americans are living with a bacterial infection of the gums known as periodontal disease. On average, 500 plus different types of bacteria live in your mouth. While many of these bacteria are actually beneficial to your health, there are others that with the right conditions can cause disease. Dr. Klassman at Delaware Periodontist can treat even the most severe form of periodontal disease, called is periodontitis. It is caused by plaque that develops just below the gum line in your periodontal pocket where it causes the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. The mildest form of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and is triggered by bacterial plaque that forms at the gum line.

Living a healthy lifestyle helps you keep the harmful bacteria under control. Not taking care of your teeth and gums can cause a surge of harmful bacteria. Some of this oral bacteria may enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. This could contribute to processes that could lead to serious health problems beyond the mouth, in addition to the threat of losing your teeth. For example, not only can periodontal diseases cause bad breath and tooth loss, but they may contribute to a variety of serious life threatening systemic conditions including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Researchers are now investigating the relationship between periodontitis and chronic systemic diseases.

Diagnosing Gum Disease

Periodontal disease actually encompasses a number of diseases of the periodontal tissues that can result in tooth loss. Dr. Klassman is specifically trained to recognize the various types of gum disease, to make an accurate diagnosis, and to prepare appropriate treatment options.

Some of the symptoms of gum disease that you may recognize include:

  • Mouth pain
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing
  • Spaces developing between teeth
  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Receding gums (exposing the bottom of your teeth)
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Developing sores

What Can You Do To Prevent Gum Disease?

Almost a third of the population may develop gum disease due to genetics. Systemic diseases, pregnancy, oral cancer, and using certain medicines can also attribute to gum disease. However, there are things that you can do, and things you can avoid, that will help prevent the disease from affecting your health. Those things include:

  • Practice excellent oral hygiene - brush and floss at least twice daily
  • Don’t use tobacco
  • Repair and/or replace bridges that no longer fit
  • Get orthodontic treatment to fix any crooked teeth
  • Visit your general dentist every 6 months and make sure you have any cavities filled and replace any defective fillings.

How Does A Periodontist Treat Gum Disease?

Dr. Klassman treats gum disease using various techniques, depending on the severity and type of the disease. These treatments include:

  • Scaling & Root Planing. This is a typical treatment for gum disease that involves a non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. The teeth are cleaned (scaling) and then made smooth (planing).
  • Gum Flap Surgery. For more serious cases, Dr. Klassman can perform gum flap surgery which involves cutting into the gum tissue to allow for deep cleaning around the tooth roots.
  • Laser Periodontal Therapy. This non-surgical treatment involves is the very first FDA-approved laser treatment for gum disease. Delaware Periodontist is the first periodontal practice in the state of Delaware to offer the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure for the treatment of gum disease. LANAP is a painless and effective treatment that does not require the use of a scalpel or sutures. Here’s how it works:
    • After diagnosis, X-rays will be taken to make a definitive diagnosis and determine the severity of the infection.
    • You will receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort.
    • A small laser fiber, equivalent to the thickness of three hairs, will be inserted between the tooth and gum to clear the infection.
    • In just two hours you will be able to get on with the rest of your day.

Dr. Klassman is experienced and skilled in the use of this technology for treating gum disease which offers many benefits to our patients including:

  • Non-surgical, requires no cutting
  • We can remove only the targeted, infected tissue, and leave the healthy tissue intact.
  • Allows us to get a closure of the periodontal pocket wound and allow healing to take place.
  • Enhances the likelihood that patients will be able to restore and protect their affected teeth.

Find Out More About Gum Disease Treatment. Call Today!

If you find you have symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Klassman for an examination at our Wilmington, DE, office. He will determine the health of your gums and discuss any treatment options you may need. Call us at (302) 658-7871 or use our appointment request form online today. We look forward to getting you back on track to health gums, a healthy mouth, and a healthy you.

5 Important Differences Between a Periodontist & Dentist

July 8th, 2018

Sure you see your family dentist in every six months for those regular check ups. But why would your dentist refer you to a periodontist? What exactly is a periodontist and how is that specialist different than a dental specialist?

For your convenience, we’ve organized a table that outlines the core differences between a periodontist and dentist, so you have a better understanding of who can help you address your specific oral health questions or issues.

Breakdown Of Differences Between Dentists & Periodontists

 

Dentists Periodontist
1. Area of Specialty Dentists in Dover, DE, will diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. A periodontist in Dover, DE, like Delaware Periodontist, is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation.
2. Job Responsibilities Dentists diagnose and treat injured and decaying teeth, gums and supporting bones. When there is a more complex case involving these areas, they may refer their patient to a periodontist.

Dentists remove teeth, clean teeth, manage routine checkups and provide oral health education to their patients. They are like  your general medical doctor in that they are looking at your whole mouth and examining you for disease, even oral cancer.

Dentists also provide cosmetic care such as teeth whitening. A general dentist can treat gum disease through routine cleanings, scaling and deep cleanings called root planing, and antibiotic medications.

Usually, a periodontist's cases are complex or severe, triggering the need for a specialist rather than a general dentist. For example, a patient with severe gum disease often will see a periodontist for diagnosis and treatment.

A periodontist’s treatment may involve a non-surgical procedure, such as scaling or planing an infected root to a tooth, or it may involve oral surgery or laser periodontal therapy.

Periodontists must be trained and skilled in advanced surgical techniques, including regenerative surgery, periodontal plastic surgery and dental implant placement, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.  

Periodontists are needed for advanced cases of gum disease call periodontitis which are out of the realm of treatment a general dentist.

3. Workplace Dentists and periodontists work in similar settings, such as solo practices, group practices, hospitals, dental schools and other health clinics. In some cases, dentists and periodontists will work in the same clinic, allowing them to collaborate to treat patients. At Delaware Periodontist, Dr. Klassman and his team work with other Dover area dentists who refer patients to them and also have patients who contact them directly at their Wilmington, DE, office.
4. Education & Credentials Undergraduate degree required

Dental school required - a four-year program that includes both coursework and clinical experience.

Requires earning a dental license, usually passing written and practical exams.

Undergraduate degree required

Dental school required - a four-year program that includes both coursework and clinical experience.

Requires earning a dental license, usually passing written and practical exams.

Complete an additional three years of postdoctoral training in their field, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

Acquire an additional state license specific to their field.

5. Pay In 2015, general dentists earned an average of $125,168 annually, according to PayScale.com. In 2015, periodontists earned an average of $168,697annually, according to PayScale.com.

Call Your Local Wilmington, DE Periodontal Experts!

The biggest difference between a dentist and periodontist is that a periodontist like Dr. Klassman diagnoses gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis which can affect the gums and the bones. If you think you may have an issue that requires the expertise of a periodontist, give Delaware Periodontist a call at (302) 658-7871 or schedule an appointment using our convenient online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Benefits of Single-Tooth Dental Implants

June 15th, 2018

single-tooth dental implant

Since at least 2500 B.C., humans have understood the importance of caring for our teeth and replacing them if one should go missing. Like then, our teeth can still end up missing from disease, decay or accident. But thankfully, with today’s advanced methods, we have many options for repairing and restoring our smiles. Dental implants look, feel, and act like real teeth giving you not only the freedom to flash a perfect smile, but also the means to properly speak, chew and eat food, and maintain good oral health.

Dr. Bradford Klassman and his team at Delaware Periodontics have mastered the single-tooth dental implant procedure for countless patients in the Wilmington and Dover, DE areas. Learn more about the benefits of single-tooth dental implants below.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small, screw-like post made of titanium that is surgically inserted into your jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. Given time to heal, the post integrates with your jawbone to act like roots of a tooth. Then, Dr. Klassman places the replacement tooth, or crown, on top and secures it as one piece. You can use dental implants to replace several missing teeth or a single tooth.

Dental Implant Benefits

Whether you’ve lost your tooth because of a disease, you’ve had irreparable tooth decay, or your mouth has suffered some kind of trauma or accident, dental implants can be a successful solution. Leaving a gap in your smile may seem like the best solution, but there are many health and visual benefits to replacing that gap with a highly-functioning dental implant, including:

  1. Improve your smile. This is the most obvious one, but having a healthy, beautiful smile can give you the confidence that can positively affect many areas of your life.
  2. Avoid speech impediments. You may not realize it, but losing a tooth can affect the way you speak.
  3. Maintain bone strength. Losing a tooth can cause your other teeth to shift into the open space, weakening your jaw and contributing to bone loss.
  4. Protect surrounding teeth. Having a full set of teeth helps each tooth protect the others, preventing damage that can occur to teeth next to an empty gap.
  5. Enjoy favorite foods. Having a full set of teeth will allow you to eat the same foods that you loved before you lost a tooth.
  6. Keep long-lasting benefits. The “roots” of your dental implant should last a lifetime and crowns usually last up to 15 years, giving you years of positive oral health benefits.

Find Out If A Single-Tooth Dental Implant Is Right For You!

Many of our Wilmington and Dover, DE, area patients are already enjoying all of the benefits of a single-tooth dental implant. The success rate is very high, in part, because Dr. Klassman will screen you to make sure that your gums and oral health are in good shape to take on a dental implant. Once cleared, our financing experts will work with you and your insurance company to make sure you receive the benefits you earned and to develop any payment plans needed that will fit your budget.

Don’t put off having that beautiful smile your deserve or preserving your oral health any longer. Give us a call at (302) 658-7871 to schedule your first visit, or reserve your appointment now using our handy online scheduling form. We look forward to utilizing our expertise to create your perfect smile.

The Origin of Dental Implants

May 15th, 2018

older woman smiling with dental implants

If you thought that our need to have a full set of healthy, straight teeth has only been important in this century, think again. Humans have been figuring out how to replace missing teeth for thousands of years. Some type of dental implants or methods of stabilizing teeth has been traced all the way back to 2500 B.C.! Like humans of today, our ancient ancestors found having teeth was not only better for a nice smile; teeth were needed for support, giving people the ability to chew and enjoy food, and preventing the loss of bone.

Fortunately, today’s dental implants are far more superior to the rudimentary teeth replacements of the ancients and are considered the most successful answer to the replacement of a missing tooth. Doctors like Dr. Bradford Klassman of Delaware Periodontics, see as high as a 97 percent success rate for dental implants. How did dental implants become so effective? Not without a long history of trying different materials and techniques to attempt to accomplish the same result.

Historical Timeline Of Dental Implants

  • 2500 B.C.: Ancient Egyptians tried to support loose or damaged teeth with the use of gold ligature wire. Their manuscripts make several references to toothaches. The Egyptians may have liked the way gold looked, but its real benefit was the way it would hold up in a person’s mouth without rusting or wearing down.
  • 500 B.C.: The Etruscans lived on the Italian Peninsula prior to the emergence of the Romans. They crafted what most believe are some of the oldest known dental prosthetics from carved animal bone to replace missing teeth and they appear to have made one of the earliest attempts at dental bridges using gold and silver bands to hold the newly crafted teeth together. There is evidence that these replacement teeth actually replaced teeth that were purposefully removed - meaning that they were pulling bad teeth and replacing them with new teeth this long ago.
  • 600 A.D.: The first proof of dental implants as we know them now occurred by the Mayan population where they crafted pieces of shells as implants for lower teeth.
  • 800 A.D.: In the early Honduran culture, a stone implant was first prepared and put in the lower jaw.
  • 1700-1900s: For the first time a tooth was transplanted from one person to another by Dr. John Hunter. He gained experience working with “resurrectionists” - grave robbers who dug up corpses - so he could observe and document the mouth. Then, he experimented by implanting a tooth into the comb of a rooster. Doctors used silver capsules, corrugated porcelain and iridium tubes as implant materials during these years.
  • 1930’s: The first successful in the bone implant was performed by Drs. Alvin and Moses Stock who used vitallium screws to implant teeth in people and in dogs - just like the “post” that is used in today’s dental implant. They got the idea from doctors placing implants in the hip bone.
  • 1950 - 1970’s: A great deal of progress was made during this time by various doctors beginning in 1952 when osseointegration was discovered by Per-Ingvar Brånemark. That is the ability of human bone cells to attach to a metal surface. It was the beginning of the modern dental implant. By 1978, he had presented a two-stage threaded titanium root-form implant using pure titanium screws. These were first placed in his patients in 1965 and were the first to be well-documented, lasting 40 years!
  • 1980 - 1990’s: All-on-4 treatment was introduced, reducing the number of implants needed for full-arch replacement. Improvements in surface treatments were made to enhance dental implant safety.
  • 2000’s: The first 3D treatment planning and guided surgery is introduced.

The Future Of Dental Implants

Doctors around the world continue to research, experiment and make improvements in dental implant procedures. It’s not likely that the evolution of dental implants is going to stop anytime soon. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s website, three million Americans currently have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year. Dental implants have been proven to be more effective in enhancing a person’s quality of life than dentures or leaving teeth missing. Many doctors anticipate more advances that will positively affect those needing dental implants in the future such as:

  • Accelerated healing time
  • Better success rate for implants
  • 3D printing of tooth replacements
  • A reduction in the cost of dental implant procedures
  • More insurance coverage
  • An increase in precision treatment planning
  • The advancement of stem cell capabilities to “grow” new teeth, bone, and gum tissue

Contact Your Local Dental Implants Experts Today!

Dr. Klassman and his highly qualified staff will keep striving to use the latest techniques and innovations to provide their patients with the best treatment possible. If you’re in need of dental implants, give Dr. Klassman a call at (302) 658-7871 and make an appointment at our convenient Wilmington, DE office. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Six Signs You Should See a Periodontist

March 19th, 2018

Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of people in the United States every year and is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Yet in most cases, many people with gum disease don’t even realize they have it because there are few noticeable symptoms in its earliest stages. Below, we’ve put together six tell-tale signs of gum disease that indicate it’s time to visit Delaware Periodontics for an evaluation and possible treatment.

1.Bleeding Gums

If your gums are bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth, you may have plaque buildup that has irritated and inflamed your gum tissue. Gums that bleed for no apparent reason should never be ignored, and a visit with Dr. Klassman can help with early diagnosis and treatment you need.

2. Chronic Bad Breath

If you notice that your breath smells unpleasant even after brushing and flossing, it’s time to visit a periodontist. Bad breath (also known as halitosis) is often caused by an excessive amount of harmful bacteria that has infected the gum tissues.

3. Receding Gums

Does it look as though your teeth are longer than they used to be because the gum tissues have pulled away from the roots of your teeth? Then you may have receding gums caused by gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously as it can lead to a more serious form of gum disease (called periodontitis) which can lead to tooth loss if not treated.

4. Temperature Sensitivity

Gum recession is a gradual process that can go on unnoticed for several years. If you suddenly notice that your teeth are sensitive to extreme cold or hot temperatures, your gums may have receded to the point that the roots of your teeth are exposed and vulnerable to infection.

5. Teeth that Feel Loose

Do any of your teeth feel loose? Loose teeth are often caused by harmful bacteria that develops in pockets around the tooth roots. This accumulation of bacteria triggers the loss of bone and connective tissue that secure the teeth in place.

 6. Sore, Soft, and Mushy Gums

Healthy gums are light pink, firm to the touch, and very elastic. If your gums are red, sore and feel soft and mushy to the touch, it’s definitely time to book an appointment with a periodontist. If you were to ignore these signs, your teeth could become so loose that they’d need to be extracted.

 Contact Delaware Periodontics Today

Dr. Klassman is a leading specialist in periodontal treatment for patients in and around Wilmington and Dover, DE. If you’re displaying any early signs of gum disease, we urge you to request an appointment with us today to take the critical first step in restoring and preserving your oral health. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Periodontal Disease and Men

February 19th, 2018

smiling man

When it comes to periodontal health, men and women differ as men encounter periodontal (gum) disease more often than women. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, 56% of all men will develop some form of periodontal disease during their lives as compared to just 38% of women. Why is this? Our Wilmington & Dover periodontist, Dr. Klassman, and other researchers believe it’s because men tend not to see their dentists as often as women.

If you’re an adult male who doesn’t schedule regular appointments with your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings, you should know you’re taking a big risk with the health of your gums and teeth. You should also know that your periodontal health can impact a variety of other health factors including:

Prostate Health

The prostate gland produces prostate-specific antigen (PSA) which is an enzyme that is normally secreted in very small amounts. However, when the prostate is infected, inflamed, or affected by cancer, PSA levels soar. It’s been found that men with signs of periodontal disease like red, swollen and tender gums as well as prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of the conditions..This means that prostate health may be associated with periodontal health, and vice versa.

Heart Disease

Research strongly suggests that people with gum disease are at higher risk of developing heart disease because the harmful bacteria that causes gum disease can travel via the bloodstream to infect and inflame the heart. Considering that males are already at higher risk for heart disease than females, men should always take good care of their gums to reduce this risk.

Cancer

It’s been found via research that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. Specifically, men with gum disease are 49 percent more likely than women to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancer.

What to Do? Take Excellent Care of Your Teeth & Gums

To reduce the risk of developing gum disease and other health problems associated with having unhealthy gums, it’s vital to do a great job with your oral hygiene routine. This means you should be brushing your teeth after every meal and at bedtime and flossing once per day. In total, you should be spending 10 to 15 minutes every day cleaning your teeth and gums. It’s just as important to visit your dentist every six months or so to have your mouth examined and your teeth cleaned.

Visit Your Local Wilmington & Dover Periodontist

If you have any signs of gum disease like red or swollen gums, bleeding when you floss or persistent bad breath, we encourage you to request an appointment with Dr. Klassman today. We look forward to providing you with the periodontal care you need for a healthier and happier you!

How Laser Periodontal Therapy Treats Gum Disease

January 18th, 2018

As laser technology has evolved at an incredible rate, lasers are now routinely being used by dentists to detect and treat tooth decay, as well as speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. As a leader in periodontics, Dr. Klassman is proud to be the first periodontist to offer laser periodontal therapy in the state of Delaware. Our office has unmatched experience in this form of treatment, and want to provide you with more information if you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease.

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Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease (aka periodontal disease) is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues that support your teeth. If left untreated, the disease accelerates as the harmful bacteria works its way deep in the crevices (pockets) between your gums and teeth. Gum disease can be caused by:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Chronic illnesses such as diabetes
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics

Typical treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing. This is a non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. The teeth are cleaned (scaling) and then made smooth (planing). Sometimes gum flap surgery is performed which involves cutting into the gum tissue to allow for deep cleaning around the tooth roots.

How Laser Therapy Works

When you visit Dr. Klassman for laser therapy, you will be given a local anesthetic to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Once your gums are numb, he will use a small dental laser to vaporize and remove the diseased gum tissue from around the root of the teeth. Then, the laser fires a second time to heat the area quickly until a clot is formed, to cauterize the wound. The precision of the laser means that only the infected gum tissue is removed while leaving the healthy tissue untouched.

Benefits

Treating gum disease with laser therapy is beneficial in many ways including:

  • No general anesthesia required
  • No incisions or sutures used
  • The laser can precisely and accurately target the diseased areas
  • Pain, bleeding, and swelling are limited because periodontal laser therapy is less invasive than surgery
  • Less costly than surgery
  • Short recovery and healing time

Post-Treatment Care

After you’ve undergone laser periodontal treatment, your body will begin the healing process to restore your gums to a robust state of health. It is normal to have some light bleeding, slight swelling, and some soreness after the treatment. We will provide you with specific aftercare instructions before you leave our office. To reduce the risk of future infections, be sure to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist bi-annually for routine exams and cleanings. If you’re a smoker, kick the habit so you can enjoy having healthier gums.

Contact Delaware Periodontics Today!

If you have any questions about laser periodontal therapy, please feel free to contact us for the answers you need. If you suspect that you have gum disease, we encourage you to request an appointment with Dr. Klassman right away, because the sooner you’re diagnosed and treated, the better. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Healthy Gums for the New Year

January 18th, 2018

Most new year resolutions involve losing weight, putting aside some money or quitting a bad habit like smoking. As your local Wilmington & Dover periodontal experts, we think it’s a great idea to promise yourself you’ll make 2018 the year you resolve to improve the health of your gums. By visiting us for a periodontal evaluation, we can diagnose your current periodontal health. If Dr. Klassman determines that your gums are unhealthy, he’ll provide you with one of our periodontal procedures to restore the health of your gums.

Why Having Healthy Gums is ImportantHealthy Gums

Many people overlook their gums when caring for their oral health because they’re more focused on having teeth that are strong, beautiful, and pearly white. However, it doesn’t matter how good your teeth look if they’re not supported properly by healthy, strong gums.
When you have gum (periodontal) disease that’s left untreated, harmful bacteria will slowly destroy the gum tissue and the ligaments holding your teeth in your gums. As the disease progresses, this bacteria can destroy the bone surrounding your teeth, causing your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.

Signs of Unhealthy Gums

When your gums are healthy, they’re firm, pink in color, and don’t bleed each time you brush and floss your teeth. Some signs to watch for that can indicate you have periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that are red in color
  • Gums that feel mushy to the touch
  • Gums that bleed frequently when brushing and flossing
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Teeth that feel loose

About Our Wilmington Periodontal Therapy

The periodontal therapy we offer at Delaware Periodontics includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore the tissues that support the teeth and prevent tooth loss. If you have gum disease, we may suggest a non-surgical procedure like deep scaling to remove the plaque and tartar from beneath the gums. If Dr. Klassman needs to remove bacteria in pockets found around the roots of your teeth, he may suggest you undergo surgical periodontal therapy.

Another gum disease treatment that may be recommended for you is a painless procedure called laser periodontal therapy. Using a small laser fiber that’s no thicker than three hairs put together, Dr. Klassman can clear away infection between the teeth and gums, while leaving the healthy tissue intact.

Schedule A Consultation With Us Today!

Regardless of the type of gum treatment you’ll receive, once your treatment is over, you’ll leave our office with a smile on your face, knowing that your gums are healthy! If you’re ready to get 2018 off to a great start by checking on the health of your gums, call us today at (302) 658-7871 to schedule an appointment with our Wilmington periodontist. We look forward to seeing you soon!

New Year's Resolutions For a Healthier Smile

December 15th, 2017

With the new year approaching, you may have already started thinking about your resolutions. Maybe you want to save money, buy a new car or start an exercise regimen. While these are all excellent ideas, the team at Delaware Periodontics want to remind you to take even better care of your smile this new year! After all, most potential oral health issues are 100% preventable with a little extra care and maintenance. Check out our tips below to learn more about our New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier smile!

Take Your Brushing & Flossing Up a Notch

If you’ve been slacking when it comes to your oral hygiene, promise yourself that you’ll step up your game in 2018. When you do an excellent job of brushing your teeth after meals and flossing before bedtime every single day, you can protect your mouth from tooth decay and gum disease.

Eat Better

If you’re like many people, you may not be eating as well as you should be. When you consistently eat poorly, your teeth and gums suffer because they aren’t getting all the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy and strong. Consider finding a friend who also wants to eat better so the two of you can work together on improving your diet. Your teeth will thank you!

Make Water the Beverage You Drink the Most

If you’re in the habit of grabbing a soda or orange juice whenever you’re thirsty, you’re not doing your teeth any favors by constantly bathing them in cavity-causing sugar and acid. Start drinking water every time you’re thirsty to keep yourself hydrated and to avoid problems with your teeth. It’s fine to enjoy a soda or juice now and then, as long as you rinse your mouth out with water afterward to flush away the sugar and acid.

Check to see When Your Last Dental Visit Was

Regular dental visits are key to keeping your smile healthy. Look back through your records to see when your last dental visit was. If it was was longer than six months ago, give your dentist a call to set up an appointment. Focus on making 2018 the year you begin keeping better track of your dental appointments.

Visit Your Wilmington Periodontist in 2018!

If you have a problem that a periodontist can help you with like missing teeth or bleeding gums, promise yourself that you’ll set up a visit with our periodontist for an examination. Dr. Klassman offers all the periodontal services you need to improve your oral health from laser periodontal therapy to dental implants. To set up a time to visit us, give our office a call at (302) 658-7871 or fill out the appointment request form. We look forward to doing our part in helping you keep all your New Year’s resolutions!

About Holiday Beverages & Dental Implants

November 27th, 2017

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If you’ve recently visited us for dental implants, we assume that you plan on showing off your new smile to friends & family over the holiday season! That’s why we’re here with these friendly tips that will help protect your implants from harm.

All through the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, there will be a wide array of delicious beverages being served that could potentially harm your implants if not consumed properly. Just keep the information below in mind and you’ll breeze through the holidays without any problems.

Be Careful With Hot Drinks

Throughout the holidays, you’ll be tempted by all kinds of steaming hot drinks like pumpkin spice lattes and flavored coffees. But it’s important to take it easy when enjoying these hot beverages because the metal implant posts that are embedded in your gums can retain the heat from hot liquids.The frequent consumption of hot drinks could burn away a small layer of cells around these posts, to put your implants at risk for failure. A good rule of thumb to follow is to avoid drinking anything that’s too hot to touch. Simply give your beverages time to cool down a bit before you indulge to keep your implants safe.

Hot & Cold Don’t Mix

It’s natural to reach for something cold to diminish the shock of heat after taking a sip of something that’s very hot. However, this is not a good thing to do if your implants are made of porcelain. This is because porcelain expands and contracts with heat and cold, just like glass does. If you were to eat or drink something cold right after drinking something hot, you could end up cracking an implant. This can also happen with the enamel on your natural teeth to result in tooth sensitivity. The best way to avoid this problem is to always make sure the beverages you’re about to drink are not overly hot.

Avoid Chewing on Ice

When you’re enjoying your favorite holiday drinks “on the rocks”, be sure not to chew on the ice. This is a habit that can crack both your implants and your natural teeth. The same thing goes for foods that are hard, so be mindful of what you put in your mouth to keep your implants and teeth safe!

Questions? Contact Us!

By following these tips, you should be able to enjoy all the fun the holidays bring without doing any damage to your dental implants. If you have any questions about how to properly care for your implants, don’t hesitate to call us at (302) 658-7871 for the answers you need! Dr. Klassman and his friendly team would like to wish all our patients a happy and fun holiday season!

FSA Accounts & Dental Implants

November 27th, 2017

With 2017 winding down, it’s that time of the year when we remind our patients that their flexible spending accounts (FSAs) will be re-setting at the start of the new year. If you don’t use all of your FSA contributions by year’s end, you will lose them. This makes the end of the year a great time to get dental implants because implants are covered by flex spending accounts!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with FSAs, we’ve put together the following information to let you know how you can use a flex spending account to help cover the cost of dental implants (and other dental treatments you need).

About FSAs

An FSA is a special health and dental care account you establish with your employer, wherein you elect to have a specific amount of money taken out of your paycheck each month. This money is set aside before taxes and taken directly from your wages. The money in this account can be used to reimburse you for approved medical and dental care expenses.

It’s important to know that an FSA is for reimbursement purposes only. The funds cannot be withdrawn prior to a treatment in order to pay for the treatment.

Flex spending accounts are capped at $2,500 annually. While some plans allow you to roll over unused money to the following year, this isn’t always the case. Be sure to speak with your FSA provider to find out the specifics regarding your account.

Setting Up an FSA Account

Flex spending accounts are set up at the beginning of the calendar year, with strict deadlines and stringent, narrow stipulations for late enrollments. If you want to set up an FSA, speak with your employer for more information.

Dental Implants are an Eligible FSA Expense

A good reason to set up an FSA account is to help you cover the cost of replacing any missing teeth you have with dental implants. Dental implants are an eligible FSA expense, meaning that the oral surgery and the placement of the implant post will be covered. The cost of the restoration is also covered since it is a restorative dentistry treatment.

In general, the only dental care expenses not covered by FSAs are those that are purely elective/cosmetic in nature.

Plan Your Treatment to Maximize Your FSA Benefit

The cost of undergoing dental implant treatment can run relatively high. However, since dental implants are covered by FSAs, you can plan your treatment out so you can maximize your benefit. By carefully setting aside funds and considering how to use different payment options in addition to your FSA, you can save money in the long run. And do remember that there is a tax break to take advantage of when you file your annual taxes because your FSA affects your income.

We recommend speaking with your employer about how to get the most out of your FSA if you plan on undergoing a lot of dental work. You can also ask our friendly staff any financial questions you may have as we’re always more than happy to help!

Interested in Dental Implants? Contact Us Today!

If you’d like to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we encourage you to call our Wilmington office today at (302) 658-7871 or request an appointment online. During your visit with us, Dr. Klassman will provide you with an examination followed by a discussion of his findings and recommended treatment which may include dental implants. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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!

The Expected Growth of Dental Implants

July 21st, 2017

At Delaware Periodontics, we provide dental implants for patients in Wilmington and Dover, which is one of the most effective methods available for replacing missing teeth. While other options such as bridges and veneers can be used to achieve a cosmetically appealing smile, dental implants are booming in popularity due to their cost-effectiveness and incredible results that can last a lifetime. The treatment is quickly becoming the most reliable and cost-effective method for patients to achieve a beautiful smile, especially for senior patients.

Dental Implant Market Expected to Grow Exponentially

According to a recent Dental Implants Market report published by Credence Research, Inc. the global dental implants market was valued at 4.6 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $8.4 billion by the year 2025, expanding at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7.9 percent from 2017 to 2025. The rising demand for tooth (or teeth) replacement has provided good growth potential to the dental implant market.

This report was prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with input from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The revenue generated from sales of dental implants was used to calculate the market size.

Factors Fueling the Growth of the Dental Implant Market

There are many factors that are fueling the growth of the dental implants market including:

  • The continuous growth of the geriatric population: With age, dental health tends to deteriorate, which often requires restorative dental treatment. As baby boomers and their children continue to age, the dental implant market is expected to explode with them.
  • Increased awareness about dental and oral health: More people are realizing how important good dental and oral health is. In addition to producing a better overall quality of life, having a beautiful smile correlates with higher levels of self-confidence, self-esteem and even professional growth.
  • Growing demand for dental aesthetics: An increasing number of people are interested in improving the appearance of their smiles to enjoy a better quality of life. The saying “It’s never too late for a beautiful smile” has never been more true, and patients of all ages deserve to have the smile of their dreams.
  • Short treatment times, big benefits: The recovery time for dental implants is quick, and there are very few side effects.

The benefits of dental implants are endless, and if you would like to know if you’re a candidate, don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Interested in Dental Implants? Contact Us Today!

If you’re interested in dental implants, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. You can also call our Wilmington office at (302) 658-7871 to speak to one of our friendly staff members. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Differences Between a Periodontist & Dentist

July 21st, 2017

Most people schedule appointments with their dentists every 6 months, when they need their teeth cleaned and/or x-rays taken. If you’re taking great care of your teeth, these appointments come and go with ease. However, if your dentist detects early gum problems, such as gingivitis or gum disease, your family dentist may refer you to a periodontist.

You may wonder “Why can’t my dentist just cure my gum problems?” There’s actually important differences between a dentist and periodontist, as they specialize in different areas to ensure overall oral health. Learn more about the difference between a dentist and a periodontist below.

What a General Dentist Does

A general dentist completes four years of dental school following his/her undergraduate education. They diagnose, treats and manage your overall oral health, while advising on best practices to ensure your teeth and jaws remain healthy throughout your life. During each visit to your dentist’s office, they’ll perform a routine examination and clean your teeth, while screening you for oral cancer and taking x-rays every other appointment.
Many people have tartar buildup, and may develop a few cavities throughout their lifetime. Other oral procedures may also be recommended and performed to help patients achieve better overall health and happiness. Some of the services your dentist provides includes:
  • Dental fillings - to repair cavities
  • Crowns - also called “caps,” can be used to restore minor chips or cracks in teeth to improve their overall appearance.
  • Veneers - made of porcelain or resin composite materials, veneers can be used to solve a variety of issues such as discoloration, undesired gaps, or irregularly-shaped teeth.
  • Dental Bridges - used to bridge the gap between two teeth, and are held together by two crowns.
When it comes to your overall oral health, and early detection of more serious oral issues, your dentist is your go-to specialist.

What a Periodontist Does

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the gum, bone and connective tissues that support the teeth. All periodontists have completed at least three additional years of advanced studies after graduating from dental school.
While your dentist is educated and trained to treat the early stages of gum disease (such as gingivitis), periodontists treat more advanced stages of this disease. A periodontist can provide patients with:
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment of all stages of gum disease, including laser periodontal therapy
  • Gum recession treatment via grafting procedures
  • Cosmetic gingival procedures
  • Dental implants

Choose Dr. Klassman for All Your Periodontal Needs

Dr. Klassman at Delaware Periodontics is a Wilmington & Dover periodontist who earned his Certificate of Periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Whether you want to replace your missing teeth with dental implants or need treatment for advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Klassman is more than qualified to help you achieve and maintain optimal periodontal health!

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Our practice offers all the periodontal treatments and procedures you need to achieve and maintain excellent oral health. From LANAP laser periodontal treatment to Pinhole gum rejuvenation, we stay on the cutting-edge of periodontics because our patients deserve nothing but the best. To set up your consultation with Dr. Klassman, please complete our appointment request form or give us a call at (302) 658-7871. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

How Old Is 'Too Old' For Dental Implants?

May 16th, 2017

Are you or a loved one considering dental implants but are concerned they might not be worth it? At Delaware Periodontics, we can confidently encourage you to ignore the myth that there’s a “right time” to get a new smile. The truth is that there’s no better time than now to get beautiful teeth, and dental implants work great for patients of all ages: whether you’re a young adult or senior!

If you’re still on the fence about dental implants, we’ve put together some key reasons why they could be one of the best investments of your life.

Modern Implants vs. Conventional Dentures

It’s common for many seniors to not consider dental implants as a form of treatment, which can ultimately be a detrimental choice. This is partly due to the misconception that those suffering from osteoporosis aren’t eligible for treatment. Fortunately, exactly the opposite is true. Elderly patients actually benefit from dental implants as the ability to eat more easily makes it possible to obtain proper nutrition.

Senior patients may have a traditional dentures that may give them difficulty chewing, lose their sense of taste, and less confidence in their smile. Our All-On-Four Dental Implants are a permanent, long-lasting solution that can vastly improve the quality of your life. Once they’re placed, you’ll never have to worry about your smile again. Just maintain great oral hygiene after the procedure, and your smile will be as good as new.

Dental Implant Benefits

There are an overwhelming number of pros supporting dental implants including:

  • Overall improved quality of life
  • Makes having a social life easier
  • Possible to maintain a more active lifestyle
  • Food is easily consumed helping patients obtain the right nutrition
  • No extensions and denture flanges
  • No dislodging due to movement
  • Effectively support underlying teeth
  • No risk of bone loss by protecting the jaw

Don't Worry, It's a Speedy Recovery

Although every patient is different, when receiving dental implants from a competent dental surgeon, the recovery time is actually typically less than it is for a tooth extraction. Patients can expect minor discomfort for 3-5 days, during which time the dentist can prescribe medication for any pain. If there are rare complications with the implant, the doctor can restore the tooth with a fixed denture until healed.

Request a Consultation Today!

We hope that you or an elderly loved one are considering foregoing out-of-date dentures and instead trying dental implants as a safer, smarter treatment option for patients of any age. Please visit our Wilmington, DE offices for a consultation. Request an appointment today!

How To Take Care of Your Dental Implants

March 23rd, 2017

Dr. Klassman and the experienced staff at Delaware Periodontics provide quality dental implants for patients in and around Wilmington, Dover and the surrounding New Castle County area. Not only do our dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth, but they also can last a lifetime with proper care. Below are a few tips for caring for your dental implants to ensure that you can keep your great new smile for years to come.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

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Even though your dental implants are not made of the same materials that comprise your other teeth, the gums that support them are still susceptible to the same threats. This is why it’s very important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth after meals and flossing at least once per day. You can also rinse with a mouthwash to keep your breath fresh and to kill as much bacteria as possible, which will help protect the health of your smile.

Use the Right Tools

To keep your dental implants in great condition, you will need to treat them appropriately. Interdental toothbrushes, antibacterial mouthwashes and disclosing tablets may to recommended to ensure that your implants stay in optimal condition. Dr. Klassman may recommend specific tools and oral care brands, so be sure to ask him about these after your procedure.

Keep Up With Regular Dental Visits

Along with performing great oral care at home, it’s critical you visit your dental professional twice a year for regular cleanings and x-rays. Neglecting your teeth and gums have expensive consequences, and in order to avoid future periodontal procedures, keep up with your scheduled dental visits.

Questions About Dental Implants? Give Us A Call!

If you have any questions about your implants or how to care for them properly, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (302) 658-7871 as we’re always more than happy to help! We want all our patients with dental implants to enjoy their new replacement teeth without running into any problems. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

What is Scaling & Root Planing?

March 15th, 2017

As a trusted periodontist in Wilmington DE, Dr. Klassman offers a wide range of periodontal and implant dentistry services to patients living in Wilmington, Dover and the surrounding Delaware areas. Delaware Periodontics uses cutting-edge technology and effective procedures to assist patients with periodontal issues, such as periodontal disease, while educating them on the importance of oral health throughout life.

If you visit your dental hygienist every few months to have your teeth cleaned, then you’re familiar with the routine. The removal of tartar and plaque from the surfaces of teeth is essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But if you have symptoms of gum disease like bleeding gums or gums that are swollen and reddish colored, you may need another type of cleaning, which is called scaling and root planing.

Scaling and planing or “deep cleaning,”, is a non-surgical procedure done to treat gum disease. The objective of scaling and root planing is to remove plaque and tartar, the agents which cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and loss of bone around the teeth. These non-surgical procedures work very effectively for people suffering from gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.

Who Can Benefit?

People with more advanced signs of gum disease like chronic bad breath, bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, heavy tartar buildup and unhealthy pocket depths are often encouraged to undergo scaling and planing. These procedures are only performed after a thorough examination is done by our dentist which includes a visual inspection and x-rays of the teeth and gums.

Scaling & Root Planing: What To Expect

The procedure begins with numbing the gums and tooth roots with a local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Your dentist will use specialized scaling tools to remove the hardened deposits of plaque from the teeth, both above and below the gum line. The root planing procedure involves smoothing rough areas on the tooth roots that can promote gum disease by trapping and holding bacteria. The entire procedure can be done in one or two dental visits. Once the scaling and planing procedures are performed, your gums may be a bit tender. After a diligent brushing and flossing routine, your gums should quickly feel good again and take on a firm, healthy and pink appearance.

Contact Your Local Wilmington Periodontist

At Delaware Periodontics, we have the experience and expertise to provide high quality periodontal and implant dentistry to help them achieve and maintain good oral health. Whether you’re interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants or need treatment for gum disease, we can meet your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Klassman, just give our office a call at (302) 648-7871 or use our appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve the healthy and attractive smile you deserve.

When Should You See A Periodontist?

July 27th, 2016

Gum health is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, and periodontal procedures are an important aspect of oral health. For many patients, though, it can be difficult to know when exactly to go see a periodontist – when do conditions progress from being a minor issue to needing attention from a specialist? Ultimately, only a trained professional can determine when you need periodontal treatment, but there are a number of signs and symptoms you can watch out for.

When to See a Periodontist

  • Bleeding Gums: If your gums bleed with you floss or brush, it might be time to stop by for a consultation. While some bleeding during flossing is normal, this should fade within a week of daily brushing and flossing. If it persists, you'll want to get evaluated.
  • Sensitivity: If you find your teeth are highly sensitive to temperature or pressure, you may need an evaluation. It's normal for extreme cold or extreme heat to cause pain, but if you find yourself having painful reactions to things like ice water, you may have periodontal problems.
  • You Haven't Been Evaluated: Even if you feel fine, more than half of all adults suffer from periodontal disease. If you've never had a periodontal evaluation, there's no better time than now to come in.

Contact Your Wilmington, DE Periodontist

When it comes to gum disease, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you'd like to schedule an evaluation for yourself, you can reach out to us at (302) 658-7871. One of our dedicated staff members would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment. Healthy gums are critical to a happy life, so trust us - you won't regret it!

Laser Periodontal Therapy

July 19th, 2016

All About Laser Periodontal Therapy

At Delaware Periodontics, we're passionate about helping all of our patients keep their teeth strong, healthy, and beautiful. We focus on preventive care, as we promote the most effective methods to maintain dental health - but sometimes, things do go wrong. Gum disease is one of the most common dental ailments, and while it's highly preventable, it can cause serious problems if left untreated. Thankfully, laser periodontal therapy offers a new solution to treating gum disease that's straightforward, effective, and convenient.

How Gum Disease Happens

Gum disease is caused by bacteria living in the gums and on the teeth. When the bacteria multiplies and builds up in the mouth, they can cause gum tissue to become inflamed and damaged. If the infection is serious, the gum tissue may have to be removed - and that's where laser periodontal therapy comes in.

How Laser Periodontal Therapy Works

Laser periodontal therapy uses a powerful, highly precise laser to access and remove the damaged gum tissue, which often center around the root of the tooth. Dr. Klassman will use the laser to carefully remove infected tissue, neutralizing the damage and exposing the tooth root. Once exposed, he'll use special instruments to scale the root, which involves scraping away the plaque and tartar buildups and polishing the root until it’s smooth, which helps to prevent more bacteria from growing. Once the diseased gum tissue is removed and the root has been scaled, the gums will heal back against the root naturally.

Contact Your Periodontics Experts in Wilmington, DE

Gum disease is a serious condition, and if left untreated it can cause problems ranging from bad breath to tooth loss. If you think you may have gum disease and want to find out if laser periodontal therapy can help, please call us at (302) 658-7871 or schedule an appointment online at our Wilmington, DE office. We can't wait to hear from you!

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

June 14th, 2016

At Delaware Periodontics, we specialize in providing patients in Wilmington and Dover, DE with All-On-Four dental implants. Nothing makes us happier than giving patients the incredible smile they deserve, and our implants are a great option for people who have lost teeth due to injury or periodontal disease. Dr. Klassman will work with you to create a customized plan, so you can have the confidence to smile once again. There’s no need to let missing teeth or dentures restrict your life anymore, because our dental implants are the treatment of the future.

Improved Oral Health

When you have extra space in your mouth from missing teeth, it puts you at greater risk for other oral health problems. The weakening of the jawbone is one of the most common, as it can progressively lose its strength and firmness when not supporting natural teeth. Dental implants protect the jawbone from premature deterioration, because they serve as replacement tooth roots and stimulate the desired bone area. This ensures that the jawbone remains strong and healthy, so that you can smile, eat, and talk without pain.

In the past, dental bridges served as the main form of treatment for undesired gaps in the mouth. Although bridges can last up a little more than 10 years with proper care, they require removal of enamel from existing teeth. This puts patients at risk for tooth decay, plaque buildup, and even gum disease. Implants can last a lifetime and can’t develop cavities, as long as you take proper care of them.

Unlimited Diet

Eating your favorite foods can be difficult with dentures or partial dentures, as they tend to slide along the gums and make it difficult to chew. Some patients even lose their sense of taste and avoid eating in front of friends and family. Because dental implants are affixed into the jawbone, you’ll never have to worry about them moving around. There are no dietary restrictions, so indulge! Just be sure to continue to attend your regular dental checkups, and brush and floss your teeth daily.

Improved Appearance & Confidence

The deterioration of the jawbone can result in facial collapse over time, which causes wrinkling and shriveling in the lower face area. Studies have shown that dental implants can dramatically improve your facial structure, to decrease your risk of premature wrinkling. With a more youthful face, your confidence will boost instantly, allowing you to do the things you love with the people you love.

Schedule a Consultation Today!

If you’re interested in dental implants or any of our other periodontal services, don’t hesitate to reach out! Our friendly and experienced staff is happy to provide you with the information you need. Call our Wilmington, DE office at (302) 658-7871 or visit our contact us page. You deserve the most advanced dental implant treatment available, and Delaware Periodontics is proud to provide the highest quality of service there is. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Periodontal Disease & Diabetes

May 24th, 2016

When it comes to oral health problems, understanding early signs and symptoms is essential. Many times, people wait for an oral health problem to reach severe heights before visiting the dentist or periodontist. Delaware Periodontics wants to provide patients with the knowledge to avoid periodontal (gum) disease and understand its links to other health problems. Dr. Klassman and his highly qualified staff are proud to serve people living in the greater Wilmington and Dover, DE area.

Early signs of gum disease are often ignored, as it can start with an infection that causes sensitive, swollen and bleeding gums. In fact, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that revealed around 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have bleeding gums. If the infection is ignored, then it can spread to the bones that anchor your teeth and result in your teeth falling out. Although the disease is serious for anyone, patients that have diabetes can suffer more consequences from untreated periodontal disease.

The Risks For Diabetic Patients

Individuals with diabetes, especially if the condition is uncontrolled, are more vulnerable to developing gum disease. For those living with uncontrolled diabetes, the higher sugar levels cause the harmful bacteria and plaque levels in the mouth to multiply at a more rapid pace. The more plaque and tartar buildup there is, the greater the chance a person develops periodontal disease.

Another undesirable result of diabetes is how it affects the blood vessels, which deliver nutrients and dispose of waste in the body and mouth. Diabetics have thicker blood vessels, so these critical processes occurs at a much slower pace, making the gum and bone tissue much more prone to infection. Acidic food particles and tartar that are left in mouth for an extended period of time can eventually form deep pockets in the teeth and gums, causing severe gum disease.

Preventing Tooth Decay & Gum Disease

Periodontal disease puts diabetics at risk for further complications and make the condition harder to control. Taking proactive steps to ensure strong and healthy teeth are imperative, such as:

  • Brushing and flossing gently twice a day, checking for early signs of gum disease
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings
  • Eating a nutritious, balanced diet from the five food groups
  • Following your doctor’s health recommendations and taking necessary medications to control your diabetes, if necessary

Schedule An Appointment with Dr. Klassman Today!

Your oral and overall health is important to us! Delaware Periodontics is proud to provide services such as periodontal therapy and dental implants to patients in Wilmington and Dover, DE. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or fill out our online form to request an appointment. We hope to see you soon!

Best Foods for Healthy Teeth & Gums

May 13th, 2016

At Delaware Periodontics, we want to make sure our patients incorporate teeth-friendly foods into their diet to compliment their excellent oral hygiene routine. Decreasing your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease is as easy as eating the right snacks. Next time you’re food shopping for you and your family, add a few of these foods to your cart to help fight plaque build-up and even whiten your teeth.

Dairy Products

Enamel is one of the most critical substances in your body, as surrounds each of your teeth and works tirelessly to prevent harmful substances, like acid, from causing cavities and decay. Because enamel doesn’t regenerate itself, it’s important to take active steps to build and strengthen it. You can protect your enamel by consuming calcium-rich foods, such as cheese, yogurt, and almonds. Drinking milk after you have a meal is also great for your oral health, as it lowers the pH levels in your mouth, neutralizing the acidic substances that cause tartar and plaque build up.

Fruits & Vegetables

Crunchy veggies such as carrots and celery, as well as fruits like apples all offer a variety of benefits for your smile. Eating carrots alone or with meals increases saliva production, which helps clean your teeth and prevent cavities. Celery helps scrape away the food particles on your teeth, and provide Vitamins A and D, which are fantastic for your gum health! Although apples are sweet, they’re one of the best snacks for your teeth because they’re high in fiber and water. They’re not a replacement for brushing, but they help clean your teeth and gums.

Raisins

Although raisins are sweet and sticky, they don’t contain the sucrose, which is thought to be the culprit of dental problems and oral diseases. Instead, they actually suppress the growth of oral bacteria and help fight tooth decay. They’re also a source of phytochemicals, which can fight and kill the harmful bacteria from unhealthy foods and drinks. Just be sure to floss your teeth after enjoying your box of raisins, because food particles left in between your teeth can cause tooth decay.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Local Dover, DE Periodontist!

If you have any questions about healthy foods or our various periodontal services, our experienced staff is always happy to assist you. You can visit our contact us page or call our Wilmington office at (302) 658-7871. We look forward to seeing you soon!

What Exactly Is A Periodontist?

April 27th, 2016

You may be wondering what exactly a periodontist is and if and when you should see one. Here at Delaware Periodontics, your local Dover and Wilmington, DE periodontist, we want to help patients become educated when scheduling an appointment with us.

A periodontist concerns himself with the gum, bone and connective tissues that surround your teeth. Additionally, a periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease and also performs dental implant surgeries.

Periodontists are extensively trained in these areas with three additional years of education after dental school and are able to offer a wide range of procedures, including pocket recording treatment, gum recession treatment, crown-lengthening treatment and dental implant surgeries.

On a first visit to a periodontist, you can expect a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. From there, the periodontist can determine you current periodontal condition and suggest the best treatment option for your situation.

Should You See A Periodontist?

Some patient’s periodontal needs can be addressed by their general dentist, however, others may have more advanced periodontal issues and diseases caused by other chronic diseases of aging or family history that require the attention and expertise of a trained specialist. Periodontists will work together with general dentists to diagnose and treat periodontal problems.

Contact Your Local Dover and Wilmington, DE Periodontist

If you think you need to see a periodontic specialist, contact our Wilmington office to book an appointment or ask any questions you may have. At Delaware Periodontics, we provide quality dental implants and individualized periodontal treatment. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to Protect Your Gums

March 8th, 2016

Periodontal or gum disease occurs when the tissues and bone surrounding your teeth become chronically inflamed and infected. In the early stages of gum disease, the gums are swollen, red and bleeding. But as the disease advances, the gums begin to recede wherein the teeth can loosen and fall out. Here are a few ways you can protect your gums to ensure they stay healthy.

Brush & Floss Your Teeth Well

Even though brushing your teeth may seem like a mindless task to perform each day, it is crucial for the health of your gums. Most people do not brush their teeth as well as they should. A few quick strokes of the brush is not enough as all the tooth surfaces and the gumline should be brushed thoroughly using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should be brushing your teeth after meals and at bedtime to ensure you remove bacteria and plaque that lead to gum disease.

You should also be flossing at least once per day. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gumline where your toothbrush cannot quite reach.

See Your Dentist Twice Each Year

You should visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings even if you think your teeth and gums are healthy. You could have an underlying problem with your teeth and/or gums that only your dentist can see. By detecting a problem early on, your dentist can provide you with the necessary treatment to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Limit the Amount of Chewy and Sticky Foods You Eat

The bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugar, which is why dentists recommend cutting back on sweets. But sugary foods that are also chewy, sticky and crunchy are especially bad for your gums as they cling to the teeth and gums and work their way into the tiny crevices and pockets in your mouth. It's just as important to limit how many sugary drinks you consume as soda, fruit juices and even sweetened coffee is bad for the teeth and gums.

Eat Foods High in Fiber and Antioxidants

Fibrous foods are very beneficial to the health of your gums including apples, carrots and celery. These types of foods help clean tooth surfaces and massage and promote good circulation in the gums to ward off inflammation. Eating these foods also produces more saliva which helps flush away food particles. In addition to fibrous foods, eating plenty of foods rich in antioxidants is also good for your gums. Try to incorporate foods like leafy greens, tomatoes and berries into your daily diet as the antioxidants in these types of foods enhance gum health.

Use An Antibacterial Mouth Rinse

After brushing your teeth, swish some antibacterial mouth rinse around inside your mouth to flush away any food particles you may have missed. Because alcohol is harmful to the soft tissues making up your gums, steer clear of mouth rinses containing alcohol.

Taking good care of your gums is of the utmost importance. By following these tips, you can safeguard the health of your gums to ensure you'll have a healthy and vibrant smile you can enjoy for the rest of your life!

Aching Teeth: What Can It Mean?

March 8th, 2016

It is widely known that a painful aching sensation in one tooth is typically caused by tooth decay, a common problem that affects people of all ages. But feeling an aching sensation in all the teeth is something different that a common toothache. When someone feels an aching sensation in all the teeth, this is a condition called generalized tooth pain. There could be several reasons why all the teeth are aching. Here are some of the most common causes of aching teeth or generalized tooth pain.

Periodontal Disease

Most people know that periodontal (gum) disease causes red, swollen, bleeding gums. But not everyone is aware that advanced periodontal disease can cause tooth pain and discomfort. When the gums are infected, the gum and bone tissue become inflamed, leading to a dull, aching pain.

Misaligned or Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When a wisdom tooth fails to erupt partially or completely through the gumline, it can cause toothache and jaw pain due to the tooth not having enough space to erupt. A misaligned or impacted wisdom tooth can also put pressure on the adjacent tooth to cause a dull, aching pain.

Bruxism

If all your teeth are aching and you have no signs of tooth decay or gum disease, you could have bruxism. This is the technical term for grinding your teeth which can be brought on by stress. In addition to aching teeth, signs of bruxism include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Tight or painful jaw muscles
  • Chipped, broken or worn teeth or fillings
  • Audible grinding of the teeth at night

It is important to see your dentist if you have these symptoms of bruxism. If this condition is not treated, the grinding of your teeth can wear away tooth enamel and damage crowns and fillings to raise your risk for infection or decay.

Teeth Whitening

The use of teeth whitening gels and bleaching strips can cause the teeth to ache and feel sensitive. These types of products contain hydrogen peroxide that soaks into the tooth enamel to expose the nerves and dentin beneath. Tooth sensitivity and general achiness of teeth can also occur following a professional teeth whitening session done at a dental office.

These are some of the most common causes of aching teeth. If your teeth are aching, it's important to get to the bottom of why you're feeling this discomfort. You could have a serious problem that requires treatment.