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Prevent the Destructive Combination of Gum Disease and Bruxism

Although your body is made of numerous parts and systems, they are all connected. When a health condition arises and is left untreated, it can affect a seemingly unrelated issue and compound the damage. Two common oral concerns are gum disease, affecting over half of all Americans, and teeth grinding in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, which affects more than 30 percent of the population. * When gum disease (periodontal disease) and teeth grinding (bruxism) combine, they can accelerate the damage caused by each, creating a harmful effect to your oral health.

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Advanced Gum Recession Treatment

Gum recession potentially leads to problems with your oral health, including tooth decay, missing teeth and infections. Traditionally, periodontists treated advanced gum disease and recession with gum graft surgery. Technological advances have led to a new procedure, PST, that has a reduced recovery time and a better outcome. That is why Dr. McCawley offers PST, or pinhole surgical technique in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Why Do I Need to Visit a Periodontist?

If you have been referred to a periodontist, you may be wondering what it is that they do. Periodontists are specialists in the health of your gums, jaw bone and in periodontal disease. After they attend regular dental school training, they elect to study for another three years to become specialists in periodontics. While many people visit a periodontist for gum disease treatment, they correct much more than bleeding gums.

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Advantages of PST™ vs. Gum Grafting to Correct Gum Recession

When assessing your smile, there are several factors that can make you look older than you are, such as stained or misshapen teeth, missing teeth, and gum recession. Gum recession is an erosion of the periodontal tissue, which causes more of the tooth surface to be exposed, and is typically the result of gum disease. Previously, if you wanted to correct your receding gums in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a periodontist would perform traditional gum grafting, a method of surgically transferring donor tissue from one area of the mouth to another. With the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™), Dr. Tom McCawley restores gum tissue without the need for scalpels, incisions, or sutures.

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Connecting Gum Disease to Systemic Illness

How you care for your smile can make a big difference in your overall health. Research has shown that gum disease may be linked to systemic illness. Periodontal infection begins with the bacteria that live in the plaque on your teeth. In a healthy mouth, the bacteria are cleared away with good oral care and regular dental cleanings. When flossing and brushing are neglected, however, the bacteria irritate and infect the tissue, resulting in inflammation and bleeding gums. These are the first signs of gum disease in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and even this early stage of gingivitis begins to affect your overall health.

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Are You A Candidate for Teeth Today Dental Implants?

Did you know that approximately 120 million Americans are currently missing at least one tooth, according to data released by the American College of Prosthodontists? If you think that’s surprising, consider the fact that more than 36 million Americans do not have any remaining natural teeth at all, according to the same source. If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you may think that dentures are your only viable tooth replacement option. However, you may be a good candidate for TeethToday® dental implants, which are permanent dental implants that provide immediate function.

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Maintaining a Healthy Smile in Your Golden Years

It’s no secret that our bodies change as we age and your smile is no different. In your youth, you may have gotten by with only the minimum effort of brushing and flossing. Now, everything from hormonal changes to prescription-related dry mouth can impact the health of your teeth and gums. Fortunately, treatment options are more convenient than ever. Periodontists Tom and Mark McCawley offer laser therapy to address gingivitis in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Understanding the Risk of Bone Loss With Dentures and Bridges

For generations, bridges and dentures were the go-to answers for missing teeth. These dental devices allowed an individual to smile fully, eat with confidence and speak with clarity. Plus, they offered relatively straightforward maintenance. However, what they could not do was protect the body from the problem of progressive bone loss.

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The Power of Laser Dentistry

There are many options for dental treatments when you head to your periodontist to discuss your periodontal disease and general oral health. However, one of the best is laser dentistry, which is why our periodontists at McCawley Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants incorporates these procedures in their office. Before you determine which procedures are best for you, it is best to know more about your options.

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