June 25, 2015
You’re proud of the way you take care of yourself. You try to exercise regularly, you stick to a healthy diet—with indulgent snacks kept to a reasonable limit—and you try to get enough sleep every night. But did you know that lurking in your mouth could be bacteria that are not only harming your oral health but your general health, too? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is very common. The disease ranges from gingivitis in its milder form to periodontitis in its advanced stage. Dr. Barry Holden provides gum disease treatment for his patients in Williamsport and State College, PA, in order to arrest the progress of the disease and restore healthy smiles.
Gingivitis is marked by red, swollen and bleeding gums. With proper brushing and flossing at least twice every day and regularly scheduled checkups with Dr. Holden, gingivitis can usually be reversed. Left untreated, however, gum disease advances to become periodontitis.
What are the Symptoms of Periodontitis?
Signs that you may need gum disease treatment include:
- Bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth that won’t go away
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums that feel tender when you eat
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth that are becoming loose
- A receding gum line or teeth that appear to be longer
If you come to Dr. Holden with any of these symptoms of advanced gum disease, there are a number of treatments we offer in the office to help you fight this all-too-common disease. The first go-to treatment is root scaling and planing. This procedure does two things. First, scaling allows us to remove plaque and tartar (plaque that has hardened) from above and below the gum line. Then, planing reduces the rough spots on your teeth where bacteria can more easily cling.
For patients with more advanced periodontitis, there are additional treatments:
- Antibiotic therapy—Dr. Holden will place an antibiotic gel in the pockets of your inflamed gums in order to control bacteria and reduce the size of these pockets.
- Laser therapy may also be used to reduce the size of gum pockets.
- Surgery to remove tartar and ensure that gums fit more snuggly around your teeth.
- Bone and tissue grafts to help regenerate any bone or gum tissue lost to periodontitis.
- Cosmetic periodontal therapy may be necessary to improve the appearance of gums and teeth.
Regardless of which treatment Dr. Holden determines is best for you, you’ll want to maintain the results with frequent periodontal cleanings in order to keep the disease under control.
Call Our Office Today
For periodontal therapy that will prevent the more serious consequences of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Holden. With offices in both State College, PA, and Williamsport, PA, we conveniently restore smiles for people in Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding areas.
April 25, 2015
Are you a denture-wearer or do you know someone who wears dentures? Then you are probably familiar with a common complaint: dentures slip. If you think about it, this problem can almost be expected, because ordinary dentures simply fit on top of soft gum tissue. There is, however, a solution. Implant supported dentures solve the problem of dentures that slip. With implant supported dentures, Dr. Barry Holden can secure your smile just as he’s done for many others in State College and Williamsport, PA.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
An implant, or dental implant, is a biocompatible titanium post that Dr. Holden surgically implants into your jawbone. When needed to replace one missing tooth, this implant is topped with a custom designed porcelain crown. In the case of implant supported dentures, Dr. Holden strategically positions a number of implants all along an arch. As you heal over the course of three to six months, these implants fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This fusion is what creates the solid foundation that hold dentures firmly in place. During the healing process, you will have a temporary denture.
Once you have completely healed, you’ll receive your custom fitted dentures. The staff will show you how to properly attach your new dentures to your implants. As with ordinary dentures, you’ll need to regularly clean and disinfect your implant supported dentures and take care of your gums. In addition, we don’t recommend that you sleep with your dentures in place. We do have a recommendation if you’re tired of dentures slipping—consider implant supported dentures from Dr. Barry Holden in State College.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to learn more about how implant supported dentures can give you a sturdy, steady and beautiful smile, then call the office of Dr. Barry Holden. With offices in both State College, PA, and Williamsport, PA, we conveniently restore smiles for people in Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding areas.