By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
May 23, 2019
Category: Gum Disease
Tags: Periodontitis  

How your periodontist in Athens, Georgia can save your smile.

You’ve probably heard about periodontitis, but you may not know much about it. Periodontitis is inflammation of the periodontium, which is periodontitisthe bone, soft tissue, ligaments, and fibers that support your teeth and hold them in place. Periodontitis can severely damage your smile, and cause you to lose your teeth. Dr. F. Neal Pylant, a periodontist in Athens, Georgia can treat periodontitis and help save your smile.

Periodontitis is caused by harmful bacteria in the plaque which clings to your teeth. You may notice mild symptoms of gum disease first. If caught early, gum disease is reversible.

If you notice these initial symptoms of gum disease, you need to get started on an excellent program of oral hygiene including brushing after meals and flossing at least once each day. Get started immediately, especially if you notice:

  • Swollen, red gum tissue
  • Pain during chewing, brushing and flossing
  • Bleeding gum tissue when you brush and floss

Periodontitis has several additional symptoms, because it involves the bone supporting your teeth. Common signs and symptoms of periodontitis include all of the signs and symptoms of gum disease plus a few more:

  • Receding gum tissue and bleeding gums
  • Exposed tooth roots and tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic sour taste and bad breath
  • Mobile teeth or teeth which have shifted position

When you have periodontitis, brushing and flossing help, but you also need the services of an expert, your periodontist. Once you have periodontitis, it means the bone surrounding your teeth is also affected, and you are losing the support keeping your teeth in place. Periodontal therapy is required to keep the disease under control.

Dr. Pylant offers a full range of services to treat periodontitis and help you keep your smile. Periodontal therapy includes more frequent, deeper cleanings, typically at three to four-month intervals to control and reduce the number of bacteria infecting your gums and bone. In severe cases, gum or bone surgery may be indicated to restore the support of your teeth. Don’t wait to seek out therapy, because periodontitis can cause you to lose your smile. Pick up your phone and call Dr. F. Neal Pylant in Athens, Georgia today!

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
April 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Tooth loss doesn’t have the final say. Fight back with dental implants.

Are you wondering why more and more people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth? One reason is because Dental-Implantimplants are truly as close as you can get to a real tooth. They both look and function just like the real thing. When you turn to our Athens, GA, periodontist Dr. F. Neal Pylant, to get dental implants here’s what you can expect.

 

How do dental implants work?

An implant is a small tapered post or screw (often made from titanium) that replaces the roots of your teeth. In order for an implant to replace your roots our Athens, GA, implant dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Implant surgery is minor and can be performed right here in our office.

Once the implant has been placed into the jawbone we will give your mouth several months to heal (anywhere from 3-6 months). During this time a naturally occurring phenomenon known as osseointegration will occur. Osseointegration is behind the success and longevity of a dental implant. Osseointegration is when the jawbone and tissue fuse together with the implant to become one. Once osseointegration occurs the implant is a permanent part of the jawbone.

Since the implant is situated within the jawbone under the gums this part will not be visible when you smile. In order to place a false tooth over the implant we will first need to place a structure know as an abutment on top of the implant. An abutment is designed to connect the implant and false tooth together. Some dental implants already have built-in abutments.

A dental lab will also create a custom dental crown, which we will then cement on top of the abutment to complete the restoration. How long the treatment process takes will depend on a number of factors including how many implants you are getting, how quickly you heal after surgery and where the implants are being placed. It can take up to one year to get your implant.

 

Are dental implants right for me?

If you are an adult who is healthy but missing at least one tooth then you could be an ideal candidate for dental implants. The only way to truly find out is to schedule an evaluation with us. Factors such as your overall health, the health of your jawbone, your lifestyle, and budget can influence your candidacy for getting implants.

If you are missing one or more teeth in Athens, GA, and are interested in getting dental implants then it’s time to call our office to schedule a consultation with our periodontist Dr. Pylant.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
January 11, 2019
Tags: Gum Disease   receding gums  

Find out what this means and why you should turn to us for help.

Have you noticed that your gums have started to pull away from your teeth or that your teeth have suddenly become longer? This isn't angum recession optical illusion but a warning sign that bears visiting our Athens, GA, periodontist Dr. F. Neal Pylant. While there are several things that can cause receding gums, the most common and serious issue is periodontal disease, or gum disease. There are ways for us to help you manage your symptoms and improve the health of your gums.

Why does gum disease require treatment?
Gum disease isn't a problem that will go away on its own. In fact, it's a progressive condition that will only wreak more havoc on your teeth and gums if you ignore it. This is why it's so important to visit a dentist every six months for routine checkups. After all, many people have gum disease but don't even know it. If gum disease isn't treated, not only will it affect the health of your gums, it can also cause tooth loss. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important that you give us a call as soon as possible for an evaluation:
•    Receding gums
•    Red, puffy gums
•    Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing
•    Gums that are sore or tender to the touch
•    Loose teeth
•    Chronic bad breath

How can a periodontist help me?
It's important to get rid of the bacteria responsible for causing gum disease. The most common treatment option for gum disease is scaling and root planing.

Simply put, scaling and root planing is a professional deep cleaning in which our periodontist will use special tools to remove tartar buildup both above and below the gum line. We will also smooth down any rough areas on the roots of the teeth where bacteria could easily get trapped. This cleaning is more extensive than the routine dental cleanings you get every six months from your dentist.

Of course, we may also recommend certain lifestyle changes or certain behaviors to improve the health of your gums. For example, if you are smoker it is strongly advised that you quit smoking right away.

If you have noticed any changes in the health of your gums, it's important that you call our Athens, GA, dental office today to schedule an evaluation with our periodontal team. The sooner we can catch gum disease, the easier it is to treat.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
November 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about your appearance. A missing tooth can make you feel embarrassed or cause dental implantsyou to cover your teeth when you speak or laugh. Luckily, your solution to missing teeth is as easy as asking your periodontist about dental implants. This powerful dental restoration can overhaul your smile, ensuring that you feel as great as you look. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. F. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA.

How do dental implants work?
Dental implants work with the natural structures in your mouth to replace your missing teeth. Unlike a dental bridge or traditional denture, implants do not require the help of the other teeth to stay in place. Instead, your periodontist implants the fixtures, small titanium posts, into the jawbone itself, creating new “roots” where your missing teeth roots once were. Then, as the bone heals, it grows around the metal fixtures to form a natural anchor, holding them securely in place. After the implant sites heal, Dr. Pylant will return you to your general dentist to place permanent restorations on the implants to replace the missing teeth.

Are dental implants safe?
In use for half a century and FDA-approved, dental implants are a safe, reliable option to replace your missing teeth. Thanks to their design, they can stand alone to safely replace one, several, or even all of your teeth. Though there is a risk to any surgical procedure, no matter how small, implants have proven to be a safe, low-risk option.

Can dental implants help me?
A good candidate for dental implants is one who is in good dental and general health and can undergo an oral surgical procedure without complications. Any instances of tooth decay or gum disease in the mouth should be taken care of prior to having implants placed. Additionally, patients should have minimal bone loss in the areas of the implant to ensure there is enough bone to hold the fixture in place.

Dental Implants in Athens, GA
Along with a healthy mouth, patients considering dental implants should have an excellent at-home oral care routine and a strong commitment to maintaining their preventative dental examinations and cleanings twice a year.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. F. Neal Pylant at his practice in Athens, GA. Call (706) 543-0026 to schedule your appointment for a dental implant consultation with Dr. Pylant today!

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum DiseaseMost people are aware that gum disease can lead to a number of oral health issues, from sensitive and bleeding gums to partial or full tooth loss. However, despite the growing awareness around the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene practices and getting regular dental care, there are a still a number of misconceptions about gum (also known as periodontal) disease. For example, many people assume that gum disease and tooth loss are predominantly a problem for the elderly. While the risk generally tends to increase as we age and pass age 60, the reality is that no one is immune to gum disease and its effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to half of all American adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth, and approximately 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. But gum disease and tooth loss later in life are not inevitable. Dr. Neal Pylant, a periodontist in Athens, GA, advises patients to focus on preventive treatment by practicing good oral hygiene at home on a daily basis, and scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings at least every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), or more frequently depending on the severity of the gum disease a patient has.

Gum Disease Treatment in Athens, GA

An early sign of gum disease is gingivitis, which usually causes gum sensitivity and bleeding while brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is caused by gum inflammation due to bacteria and plaque buildup, and while gingivitis does not mean that you will develop full-blown periodontal disease, it should be taken seriously and treated as an early warning sign.

If left untreated, gingivitis could progress to periodontitis, which leads to further gum inflammation and causes pockets to develop that allow food and bacteria to pool between the teeth and the gums. With advanced periodontitis, the bone tissue that supports the teeth under the gums begins to erode, which could lead to infection, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss.

The good news is that you can seek treatment from a periodontist at any stage of the process, even if you have not been to a dentist in years. Gum disease is progressive, and getting treatment as early as possible is the best way to avoid complications like tooth loss, but it is never too late to invest in your oral health.

Find a Periodontist in Athens, GA

To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your family from the effects of gum disease or for information about treatment options, contact our office by calling 706-543-0026 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pylant today.





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