Gum Recession: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Posted August 23, 2018 in Gum Recession

Do your teeth seem longer than they used to be? Have your teeth become more sensitive to cold drinks? These are a couple of common signs that are associated with a condition called gum recession. Gum recession tends to be more prevalent in older patients, but it can occur at any age due to oral hygiene habits, lifestyle choices, and other factors. When the gums recede, the gum pockets are more susceptible to collecting bacteria, resulting in a heightened risk of developing infections.

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Because having uneven pressure in the chewing system is one of the leading causes of gum recession, it is crucial to go to a dentist that is qualified to study how the bite comes together to maintain optimal dental health. Dr. Chad Tomazin has a biological dental office and focuses on comprehensive oral health.

Causes of Gum Recession

  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Although it is true that our risk of developing periodontal disease increases as we age, it is the bacteria in the mouth that cause gum infections. These bacteria grow and multiply between dental cleanings and live under the gum tissue where dental floss goes.
  • Unhealthy Diet: Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, and essential fatty acids all play a critical role in gum health. Consuming a diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables will help to keep the tissue healthy. Conversely, eating unhealthy foods that contain excess amounts of sugar or starch can contribute to gum recession as well as other dental issues.
  • Bite Imbalance, Clenching, and Grinding: Millions of patients suffer from continual gum recession that could be treated with proper bite balancing. When the bite is uneven, there is also uneven pressure on the teeth, causing tissue and bone destruction in those areas. Clenching and grinding also put excessive force on the teeth, damaging the surrounding bone and gum tissue.
  • Chewing Tobacco: Patients who chew tobacco place the product against the gums, which suffocates the gum tissue in that area. Additionally, chewing tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer and other serious conditions.
  • Oral Piercings: Wearing lip and tongue piercings can cause trauma to adjacent tissue inside the mouth and cause the gums to recede.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Intolerance: Individuals who are sensitive to this toothpaste additive can experience gum recession due to irritation.

How to Prevent Gum Recession

It is essential to visit the dental hygienist on a regular basis, as they are the dental professionals who assess the health of the gums, take measurements of the gum tissue, and recommend specific dental cleanings and products to help prevent gum recession. The body cannot regrow gum tissue. Therefore, it is best to use preventative measures to preserve your gum health. Here are some tips on how to prevent receding gums:

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  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid “brushing away” the gums.
  • Floss between all of your teeth at least once a day.
  • Maintain a regular oral hygiene schedule with your dental hygienist to minimize the amount of bacteria in your gums and teeth.
  • Have your bite thoroughly evaluated by your dentist.
  • Prevent destruction of gum tissue by correcting the bite with orthodontics.
  • Wearing a night guard while you sleep reduces the amount of stress on the jaw joint and teeth.
  • Consume a balanced diet rich with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and B vitamins.
  • Take time to decompress and relax the body. Stress plays a significant role in breaking down the immune system, which starves gum tissue of the nutrients and oxygen it needs.

Gum Recession Treatment Options

To treat gum recession and help improve the overall health of your teeth, your dentist will likely take these steps:

  1. Bacterial Infection Treatment: Removing the plaque and tartar along with killing the bacteria present surrounding the gum tissue is ideal. Dr. Tomazin offers advanced ozone periodontal therapy programs that disinfect the gum tissue. Periodontal deep cleanings can also help prevent further infection by removing plaque, tartar, and biofilm on the surface of the teeth.
  2. At-Home Dental Hygiene Recommendations: Investing in an electric toothbrush and dental irrigator will help remove plaque and debris. These will also disrupt the bacterial colonies surrounding the teeth and gum tissue. Flossing also helps to disrupt bacteria and remove plaque.
  3. Bite Analysis: Visible wear on the teeth, such as flattening of the teeth or notches on the sides of the teeth, are indications that the bite is imbalanced. A professional bite study can prevent further destruction of the teeth and gums.
  4. Orthodontics: This type of dental therapy can correct a poor bite. Experienced orthodontists are capable of moving adult teeth slowly enough to avoid damaging the bone and gum tissue.
  5. Tissue Repositioning: This is a surgical procedure that is performed by a periodontist (gum specialist) to preserve the health of the tooth. When the root is exposed, it is more susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity. Tissue repositioning involves lifting the gum tissue and repositioning it to cover the exposed root surface. Sutures are placed to secure the tissue, and the area usually takes between two and four weeks to heal.
  6. Tissue Grafting: A periodontist also performs this procedure. When there is insufficient gum tissue, a tissue graft is placed on the receded area. A collagen graft or tissue from the roof of the mouth can be used during treatment. Again, sutures are used, and the grafted area typically heals in two to four weeks.

If you suspect your gums have receded, please contact the office of Dr. Chad Tomazin by calling 951.686.3666.

How Does At-Home Whitening Compare to In-Office Whitening?

Posted July 24, 2018 in Teeth Whitening

We all desire a whiter and brighter smile. Unfortunately, heredity, lifestyle choices, and common drinks, such as coffee, tea, soda, and wine, all leave residue on our teeth and diminish the clean color we strive for. Advertisements for teeth whitening products are frequent, and all of them promise your brightest smile yet; however, how well do these products work? When given a choice between in-office teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening, many patients would likely choose the at-home products, as they can be used on a patient’s own time and in the comfort of their own home. But are the results comparable to the reliable in-office treatment provided by your dentist?

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Types of Teeth Whitening

Teeth discoloration often leads to diminished confidence and even hiding your smile from others. Instead of feeling like you need to shy away, consider whitening your teeth with either at-home or in-office whitening procedures.

  • In-office whitening with Dr. Tomazin involves the Venus White® Max Whitening System. This product is a chemically activated whitening gel that provides substantial results in a single visit. With this treatment, Dr. Tomazin includes extra whitening syringes and custom trays for you to take home so that you can further enhance your teeth whitening experience.
  • At-home whitening consists of whitening trays that provide gradual whitening results. These custom-fitted systems are easy to use, comfortable, and can even be worn overnight for hassle-free whitening. Results often become apparent in as little as two weeks.

The Final Verdict

Fortunately, with all of the improvements to teeth whitening that have been made over the years, there are now many options for achieving the bright and white smile you desire. These options include both in-office and at-home whitening, and truthfully, neither one is better than the other. It comes down to personal preference. When teeth whitening is performed in-office with a trained dentist, you know that the job will be done correctly. In the office, you can learn the proper way to apply and wear the trays that you take home and ask any questions that you may have.

At-home teeth whitening may not have the same hands-on approach that in-office whitening does; however, these systems have improved so much that you can attain the same level of improvement as in-office treatments without ever having to leave your home. You can wear the trays when you are watching TV, checking emails, or finishing up household chores. Whatever you choose for your treatment, know that your teeth will be in good hands and that a brighter smile is in your future.

Achieving a whiter smile is attainable. To get more information on both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments, call Dr. Tomazin today at (951) 686-3666.

Save Your Teeth With Early Cavity Detection

Posted June 11, 2018 in Laser Technology

You may be hard-pressed to find a person who loves going to the dentist, and while it is true that dental work and visits are far from anyone’s perfect day, it’s a necessity to ensure that your oral health remains strong. Cavities (dental caries) present some of the earliest threats to your oral health and, when they are not addressed, can lead to many more significant and dangerous concerns.

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Thankfully, when dental visits are part of your routine, you can rest assured that any potential issues are handled before they become overly worrisome. To enhance his ability to detect these harmful cavities, Dr. Tomazin offers laser technology to go beyond what traditional X-ray imaging can identify, allowing him to see even the earliest stages of cavities.

The DIAGNOdent™ Laser

While X-rays are still a vital tool in detecting cavities, they can only spot trouble areas once they reach a certain size. The DIAGNOdent™ laser is different, working tooth by tooth to see every crevice and blemish on your smile. This enhanced view allows Dr. Tomazin to identify and treat cavities at a much earlier stage. With this technology, the risk of waiting too long is gone, and you are saved from more extreme and expensive dental procedures.

The DEXIS™ CariVu™ Laser

The CariVu™ laser makes use of infrared light. Similar to the DIAGNOdent™, this laser also works tooth by tooth. By making the healthy parts of the tooth appear transparent and darkening any fractures or damage to the tooth, this technology allows for the earliest detection of dental caries. A camera then captures the image so that Dr. Tomazin can correctly diagnose and treat the problem. This machine uses no ionizing radiation for the safest and most effective identification.

What Can Early Detection Do?

While early detection of cavities still requires dental work, the work being done is far less invasive than if you had waited. Instead of a root canal or an extraction, a small filling may be all you need, which helps to both minimize the severity and cost of dental procedures.

To save yourself from the future stress of dental work, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomazin today by calling 951-686-3666.

What Is It Like to Get a Dental Implant?

Posted May 28, 2018 in Dental Implants

happy womans smile with healthy white teeth,A full and healthy smile can be one of the most confidence-enhancing features you can hope to have. Your smile is often the first thing someone notices about you, and it can have a significant effect on their first impression of you.

Unfortunately, dental conditions are common, and many people find that they have teeth that are chipped, discolored, damaged, or missing altogether for a variety of different reasons.

These conditions can make you feel like you need to hide your smile, and by extension, part of who you are. Dental implants can relieve that stress and give you the healthy teeth you have been dreaming of.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an ideal procedure for patients who are missing teeth due to conditions like periodontal disease, cavities, or injury. Implants are inserted into the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. These replacements can restore your confidence to smile, speak, and eat comfortably in public. Aside from giving you a beautiful smile, dental implants:

  • Look and feel like your natural teeth
  • Are durable, reliable, and long lasting
  • Don’t sacrifice the health of your surrounding teeth the way traditional bridges do
  • Prevent further bone loss and gum recession
  • Are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to dentures

What Can You Expect With the Procedure?

Dental implants are placed in a two-step process. The first is the insertion of the implant, which looks very similar to a screw. This screw is placed directly into your jaw and, over the course of a few months, will bond with the bone to create a strong base for the replacement tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth can be worn to mask the appearance of the missing tooth. After the implant has bonded with the bone, the replacement porcelain crown is attached, and your smile is complete. Dental implants can improve the appearance of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire smile.

Take back confidence with your smile. If you have missing or damaged teeth that make you self-conscious, call Dr. Tomazin today at 951-686-3666 to see if you may be a candidate for long-lasting dental implants.

How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

Posted April 16, 2018 in Porcelain Veneers

Healthy teethPorcelain veneers are a beautiful addition to your smile. These natural-looking sleeves of porcelain slide over and are bonded to the face of your tooth to correct damaged, discolored, or crooked teeth. While veneers are durable and long lasting, they still require maintenance and proper oral care, just as your natural teeth do. By keeping the following in mind, you can assure that your veneers will keep you smiling for years.

Continue Proper Brushing and Flossing

Good at-home oral care starts and revolves around proper brushing and flossing. This principle must also be applied to your veneers. Even though veneers will not decay, the tooth it is bonded to will unless you practice consistent brushing and flossing. This means that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day (after every meal if possible) with a soft, extra soft, or electric toothbrush, and floss at least once a day (before bed is preferable) to keep both your veneers and natural teeth looking and feeling healthy.

Avoid Smoking

Usage of any tobacco products will affect the lifespan and appearance of your veneers. Smoking not only stains your beautiful white smile, but it can also be detrimental to the underlying teeth responsible for keeping your veneers in place.

Limit Tooth Staining Foods

Foods such as soda, coffee, tea, and wine are known to stain teeth. Consuming them in moderation and brushing or rinsing your teeth soon after having these drinks can help avoid staining both the veneers and your natural teeth.

Stop Biting Your Nails

Biting your nails and similar bad habits damage both your veneers and natural teeth. Chewing on any non-edible item can wear down the surface of your veneers and cause them to chip or crack.

Use a Mouthguard

Essential for patients that grind their teeth at night, a mouth guard can help protect and prolong the lifespan of your veneers. While you can get a mouthguard at any drug store, custom-made mouthguards from your dentist will better protect your beautiful smile.

Schedule Routine Check Ups and Cleanings

The best way to ensure that your veneers are staying healthy is to treat them the same as you would your natural teeth. Routine dental check ups and cleanings, meaning appointments twice a year, will keep your entire smile looking its best.

How Can We Help?

Dr. Tomazin and his Team offer you a wealth of combined experience. We take pride in our ability to communicate and deliver the highest level of dentistry.