Have you ever found yourself checking out at a healthcare office, receiving your bill, and starting to panic because insurance didn’t cover as much as you thought it would? Or maybe you don’t have insurance at all, and your bill is much higher than you assumed it would be in the first place. That’s where CareCredit comes in to help. Continue reading “CareCredit Helps You Pay for Out-of-Pocket Expenses”
Over 75 % of Americans suffer from gum disease. And while most people understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums and teeth, many do not know that gum disease is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect not only the mouth, but also the entire body. Did you know that periodontal (gum) health and systemic (whole body) health are interrelated? Conversely, periodontal disease is linked to a number of systemic diseases. Periodontal disease has even been associated with such conditions as an increased risk of pregnancy complications, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Why is this? Continue reading “Gum Disease Can Affect the Whole Body”
Many patients choose traditional scaling and root planing treatments (SRP) as a safe, non-surgical method to deep-clean the bacteria from their teeth and gums. However, a small number of periodontists are opting to use new laser technology to treat patients instead. Which method is best for you?
On an autumn day several years ago, we lost one of our daughters. Her name was Laura Anne. She was a precious little five-month-old girl, and she had Down Syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a heart defect and didn’t pull through heart surgery. Predictably, losing her was one of the toughest times of our lives. We miss her tremendously and always will; yet we take comfort knowing we’ll see her again in heaven. Continue reading “North Raleigh Perio to Participate in Triangle Down Syndrome Network’s Buddy Walk”
Emdogain (EMD) is a purified extract of developing embryonal enamel derived from 6-month old piglets that we use in our surgical procedures to enhance regeneration. In short, EMD helps stimulate regeneration of the bone defects that occur from periodontal inflammation.
In the May 2017 Journal of Periodontology, there was an article about a study that showed that EMD alone could stimulate bone growth and regeneration as well as EMD with bone regeneration. The study also reveals a regeneration potential that allows bone healing by blocking epithelial down growth between the graft and root and stimulating regeneration.
EMD alone has been shown to aid in healing of soft tissue graft procedures allowing more potential for root coverage where deemed necessary. Here at North Raleigh Perio, we have seen success in incorporating this regenerative technology.
Dental Implants from North Raleigh Periodontics are made to stand the test of time. Dr. Singletary gave Ingrid dental implants in North Raleigh in 1986 and she came back to tell him they are as good today as they were the first day he put them in. More than thirty years after receiving her implants, Ingrid says, “They are the best thing anybody can do” and that she would do them all over again with no hesitation. Please watch her video testimonial to hear more from Ingrid about how North Raleigh dental implants can help you.
As a periodontist here in Raleigh, I have had the opportunity to perform implants for the past 31 years. Dental implants are often considered a viable option by patients with missing teeth due to injury, decay, periodontal issues, or congenital deficiencies. In placing implants, I have seen both immediate and delayed dental implant options provide aesthetic and practical solutions to patients.
There are pros and cons to both implant types including aesthetic and overall health considerations. The success rate appears to be slightly higher with delayed implant treatment according to my experience and the European Journal of Oral Implantology. For more information on implant treatment and success rates, see “The Timing of Implant Placement After Tooth Extraction.” To determine which option best fits your individual needs, contact our office for a consultation.
It has been a busy beginning of 2017. We started off with the North Carolina Society of Periodontists meeting in Raleigh with Dr. Greggory Kinzer from Seattle Washington lecturing on an Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Esthetic Dilemmas. His philosophy was delayed treatment when possible if certain paradigms were satisfied.
Let’s talk about inflammatory gum disease treatment. It really is quite simple: remove the bacteria. There are two types of bacteria that contribute to inflammatory gum disease: plaque (the live bacteria) and calculus (the dead bacteria).
The physical removal of the live bacteria is done initially by scaling and root planing. Some operators use local antibiotic therapy as a treatment addition. The additional treatment adds costs and, according to an article in the October 2016 issue of The Journal of Periodontology, has no additional benefit.
The calculus, otherwise known as tarter, needs to be physically removed. If pockets are greater than 5mm, we cannot remove it effectively with root planing . It will need to be visualized by a flap procedure to see it. Unfortunately, you can not laser calculus off the teeth and antibiotic treatment does nothing for dead bacteria. In some cases, a visually minimally invasive periodontal surgery is necessary to remove the rest of the etiology of gum disease.
Keeping periodontal therapy simple is our goal. Your periodontal health is important to us. If you have any questions please call at 919-518-8222, fill out our contact form, or email us at email@example.com
North Raleigh Periodontics would like to welcome you to our new site. Dr. Macon M. Singletary D.D.S. began his Raleigh practice in 1980, and he has been serving the Raleigh area with quality periodontics and dentistry care ever since. Please contact us with any questions or requests for service; we look forward to serving or continuing to serve your periodontal and dentistry needs.