By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
March 05, 2018
Tags: Gum Recession  

When most people think about having a nice smile, they focus solely on the teeth, but the appearance of the gums also play a part. As in agum disease portrait, the teeth are the subject while the gums are the frame. There's no need to keep holding back your smile because you don't want people to see your gumline. Let periodontist Dr. Neal Pylant treat your case of gum recession at his office in Athens, GA.

What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession often happens due to gum disease, periodontal disease, or some type of trauma to the gumline. The gums separate from the teeth and recede due to the effects of bad bacteria or an injury. Patients who grind their teeth often or brush aggressively with a hard toothbrush may also experience gum recession. It can also be caused by genetics—some people are just born with gums that are less strong and more susceptible to recession. Recession is not only a loss of gum tissue, but also the underlying anchoring bone. This is why recession can also cause tooth looseness.

Receding Gumline Problems
Having a receding gumline is not good because it exposes the roots of your teeth. This could cause additional problems with gum disease, or eventually cause the teeth to loosen. It can lead to severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold sensations. Gum recession also presents an esthetic problem. When you smile or laugh, other people can see your gumline and exposed teeth. A healthy, youthful-looking smile has an even gum-to-tooth ratio and a sufficient amount of gum tissue.

Gum Recession Treatment
Dr. Pylant has a solution for gum recession cases in his Athens periodontal office. The first step is a thorough exam to determine the causative factors. The next course of action can be scaling and root planing, along with oral care evaluation to ensure that the gums are free from bacteria-filled plaque that causes recession. In some cases, regenerative periodontal therapy or surgery may be part of the solution. The gumline may be fully restored with grafting (i.e., adding new bone or soft tissue to re-establish the growth of healthy tissue), or with cosmetic gum surgery.

Have Your Case of Gum Recession Treated
It only takes one consultation with Dr. Pylant to find out if your gum recession can be improved. Contact the office today at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment at his office in Athens, GA.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
December 14, 2017
Category: Dental

A major concern for patients is periodontitis. It’s a serious form of gum disease that often leads to tooth loss when it isn’t remedied quickly. gum diseaseThere are clear signs of periodontitis that shouldn’t be ignored, including loosening pockets, bad breath, and bleeding gums. Learn more about periodontitis and how it can be treated by periodontist Dr. F. Neal Pylant, in Athens, GA.

What Is Periodontitis?
Gum disease is an oral health problem that affects a significant number of American adults and seniors. It can progress to a condition called advanced periodontitis. The gums weaken and detach from the teeth due to the proliferation of bad bacteria. Once gum disease becomes periodontitis, it’s crucial to have it treated with aggressive periodontal therapies if you want to save your smile. 

What Causes It?
Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontitis. Patients who fail to brush their teeth regularly and floss daily are most susceptible to it. As food and germ particles build up around the gumline, this combination turns into plaque and tartar, which is full of bad bacteria. Some patients are more prone to developing periodontitis due to genetics or family history.

How Is Periodontitis Treated Successfully?
Gum disease is best treated when it is caught by your Athens-area periodontist in its earliest stages. However, there are treatments that can help advanced periodontitis. Here are some of the most common solutions:

- Scaling and root planing to remove plaque build-up.
- Periodontal laser surgery to get to the root of the problem and eliminate bad tissue.
- Gum grafting surgery for receding gums.
- Dental implants when a tooth replacement is needed.
- Changing your diet for the better, avoiding tobacco products, and flossing daily.

Get Help with Gum Disease
Close to 50 percent of American adults have a problem with gum disease according to the CDC. When gum disease gets to the point where it is diagnosed as periodontitis, it needs to be treated quickly and efficiently. Call 706-543-0026 today to schedule an appointment for periodontal therapy with Dr. F. Neal Pylant at his office in Athens, GA.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
October 04, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Gum Disease  

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 gum diseasesuffer from mild (i.e., gingivitis) to severe gum disease (i.e. periodontitis). Like many health conditions, gum disease is often diagnosed and treated after it has progressed, when the symptoms and risks to your oral health can be more severe. But there are early warning signs that can raise a red flag and let you know it is time to see a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Dr. Neal Pylant, a periodontist in Athens, GA, offers both surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatment for patients suffering from various stages of this condition.

Gum Disease Diagnosis and Treatment in Athens, GA

Periodontal disease causes inflammation of the gums and supporting bone tissue. It is a progressive condition, usually starting out in the mild form called gingivitis. If left untreated, it will continue to worsen and become periodontitis. In advanced cases, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. According to the National Institutes of Health, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. And while the risk of developing gum disease does go up with age, with men and women over the age of 65 at a much higher risk than their younger peers, gum disease can affect anyone, whether age 30 or 80.

What to Look For - Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

The most common early sign of gum disease is bleeding gums. Other symptoms to look out for include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Signs of infection like pus around the gums or between the teeth
  • Loose teeth

Find a Periodontist in Athens, GA

Gum disease can strike at any age, even children, but a good oral hygiene routine, regular dental exams and professional cleanings can help to lower your risk. We treat adults and children in our practice. If you would like more information, please contact our office by calling 706-543-0026 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pylant today.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental

Are you unsure if dental implants are the ideal tooth restoration option for you? Our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Neal Pylant, explains how dental implantsyou can benefit from implants.

Implants offer a long-lasting solution

Dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that bonds to bone. The small posts take the place of your roots and are inserted into your jaw during a minor surgical procedure in our Athens office. It usually takes about three to six months for your implants to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Once osseointegration occurs, you'll return to your general dentist to be fitted for a crown that will be added to the top of the implant. In most cases, dental implants will last your entire life. There's no limit to the number of missing teeth dental implants can replace.

Dental implants are the most comfortable option

If you know anyone who has dentures, you've probably heard that they can be uncomfortable if they don't fit properly. Slipping dentures can irritate your gums, making it uncomfortable to chew. Although bridges are much less likely to slip, they can also be uncomfortable if they don't fit well.

Because your new crown is firmly attached to your dental implant, it won't move or slip. In fact, you may find it difficult to tell which tooth is artificial. Comfort is a key reason that many people choose dental implants.

You won't have to alter your diet when you choose dental implants

Dentures reduce your biting power significantly, which makes it impossible to eat hard or tough foods. If you don't want to change your diet, either implants with crowns or implant-supported dentures offer a better option. As already mentioned, implants with crowns do not move or slip. With implant-supported appliances, dentures are attached to implants or a metal framework attached to your jawbone. Both implant options are very stable and give you the power you need to eat corn on the cob or bite into an apple.

Dental implants protect your jawbone

After tooth loss, your jawbone begins to shrink. As the bone recedes, teeth may loosen and fall out. Jawbone recession also causes the muscles in the lower part of your face to sag, making you look older. Dental implants press on your jawbone just as your roots did and help keep it strong and healthy.

Would you like to find out if dental implants are right for you? Call our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Pylant, at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
June 12, 2017
Tags: Gum Recession  

Do your teeth look longer than usual? Receding gums can change the appearance of your smile and also threaten your oral health. OurReceding Gums Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Neal Pylant, discusses why gum recession occurs and explains how it's treated.

Why have my gums receded?

Receding gums can occur if you brush your teeth too hard or don't use a soft bristle brush. Changing your brushing habits may be all you need to do to reverse the problem in this case. Some people notice gum recession when they grind their teeth. Often, wearing a nightguard when you sleep can stop the recession and also reduce wear and tear on your teeth.

Other causes of gum recession include smoking, hormonal changes in women, diabetes and a family history of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene may also cause your gums to recede. If you don't brush or floss regularly, plaque on your teeth becomes tartar, a hard deposit that can lead to gum disease. Gum disease, a common cause of receding gums, may cause tissue, tooth and bone loss if it isn't treated.

How are receding gums treated?

If there is an underlying cause for your gum recession, such as diabetes, poor oral hygiene or gum disease, addressing the cause can help stop the problem, although you may still need treatment to restore your gum tissue. Bacterial infections caused by gum disease can damage your gums and force them away from your teeth. Deep cleanings and pocket reduction surgery, in addition to antibiotics, may be needed if you have gum disease.

If you have receding gums, you've probably noticed that your teeth hurt when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. The problem occurs when your roots are exposed. Restoring your gum tissue will improve your appearance and help keep your smile healthy. Gum grafts are often used to treat receding gums. The tissue for the grafts is obtained from your mouth (typically the roof of your mouth) or from a donor and is sewn to your gum line during a procedure in our Athens office.

Don't let gum recession ruin your smile! Call our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Pylant, at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment.





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