The surgical uncovering of impacted teeth for bracket placement is one of the many procedures that we are happy to perform for orthodontic patients with braces or in preparation for braces. An important part of properly positioned teeth is the way that teeth grow in through the process of “erupting” through the gums. A common problem in the positioning of teeth is impacted teeth. An impacted tooth is one that is improperly positioned underneath the gums, making it unlikely that the tooth will grow in correctly without surgical intervention.Continue reading “Uncovering of Impacted Teeth”
Most patients feel a great sense of relief after a surgical procedure upon realizing that it was not as bad as they had anticipated. Next, however, patients wonder, “now what? What is normal and what is abnormal? Should I be worried about [fill in the blank] . . .?” This article briefly explains what a postoperative patient should expect as a normal part of the healing process, what a patient should do to best facilitate rapid and full healing, and what to do if unusual pain occurs.Continue reading “Post Procedure Care: What to Expect, Do, and Look Out For”
Many people suffer from temporomandibular joint pain, more commonly known as TMJ syndrome. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a heavily-used but often overlooked joint that acts like a sliding hinge connecting the jaw to the skull. Clenching, grinding, and overuse are the main contributors to TMJ pain because these habits fatigue and inflame the muscles around the TMJ. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take from the comfort of your home to relieve the symptoms of TMJ pain. Continue reading “At-home Remedies for Temporomandibular Joint Pain”
We know that receiving care from a specialist in any healthcare field can be expensive. We are also committed to providing our patients with the best care possible. Part of that commitment involves offering not only excellent but also affordable periodontal treatment. That is why we are thrilled to announce North Raleigh Periodontics’ VIP Membership Plan! Continue reading “North Raleigh Periodontics VIP Membership Plan”
Like many measures we take to ensure our long-term health, periodontal care can be costly. At North Raleigh Periodontics we are committed to your oral health, and part of this commitment includes offering flexible payment plans.
We offer three different options for you to choose from: Care Credit, Varidi, and our VIP North Raleigh Perio Membership. Continue reading “Payment Options at North Raleigh Periodontics”
The importance of providing your oral healthcare professional with an updated medical history cannot be understated. While it may be inconvenient to fill out a medical history, especially if you already completed one at your initial visit, there are a number of reasons why it is crucial to keep us apprised of your current state of health. Continue reading “The Importance of Updating Your Medical History”
Health is always the number one priority, especially for dental-care providers. With the rise of the global coronavirus pandemic that has infected so many people, we are working hard to do everything in our power to keep North Raleigh Periodontics virus-free. We are committed to our patients’ health, and we would like to share the steps we have taken to rid the air of viruses.
Continue reading “Virus Eradication Measures at North Raleigh Perio”
My patients know that as a periodontist, I am in the profession of treating all gum related issues. Among the many periodontally related techniques that I perform, the circumferential supracrestal fiberotomy is especially helpful when used following orthodontic treatment.
Besides a tongue-twister, what is a circumferential supracrestal fiberotomy (CSF)? Put simply, a CSF is a surgical procedure used to prevent teeth that have been rotated due to orthodontic care, i.e. braces, from un-rotating back to their former position. Continue reading “What is a Circumferential Supracrestal Fiberotomy?”
Gingival recession is a common result of periodontal disease. It occurs when the gums pull away from the tooth because of bacteria or occlusal trauma, increasingly exposing the tooth surface and often giving the tooth a longer appearance. Because the onset of gum disease is initially painless, one of the best ways to determine whether your gums are at risk is to check for gingival recession. But sometimes it can be hard to tell. How do you know if your gums are receding? Continue reading “Do You Have Receding Gums?”
Many periodontal patients are familiar with the process of scaling and root planing. This procedure involves a thorough cleaning below the gum line to remove the destructive plaque and calculus that has been happily growing beyond the reach of a typical brushing and flossing routine. However, some patients do not understand the importance of the post-scaling and root planing evaluation that we schedule two to four weeks after the final scaling and root planing procedure. Misconceptions surrounding the two-to-four-week evaluation are unfortunate, since that appointment may be the most important one in the entire scaling and root planing treatment plan. Continue reading “The Importance of the Post-Scaling and Root Planing Evaluation”