By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
September 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Dental implants in Athens, GA, are long-lasting tooth replacement options for many individuals, but they can have complications like any surgical procedure. Dr. Neal Pylant helps a number of patients overcome peri-implantitis every year. Understanding this condition can help you get a better idea of the available treatment options and ensure that you aren't adversely affected.

What is Peri-Implantitis?

Peri-implantitis occurs around your implants and starts as a slight bacterial infection. These bacteria get in and around the tissues surrounding your implant and spread. Most early symptoms include minimal pain and slight swelling around the infection site. However, increased bacterial spread results in worsening effects that may be fairly painful, including:

  • Pus discharge around the gums near the implant
  • Bleeding around the gums near the implant area
  • Painful but unseen loss of bone tissue
  • Receding gum line around the infected area that may worsen with time
  • Exposure of the implant through the gums
  • Loose implant in the gums due to loss of tissue
  • Swollen lymph nodes that may be tender

Factors such as a compromised immune system, poor dental care, and bad sleep habits may contribute to this condition. Even something as simple as grinding your teeth at night may trigger peri-implantitis. Thankfully, treatment methods can help to minimize the impact of this disease. Doing so protects your dental implants in Athens, GA, and ensures stronger oral health.

Care Methods to Consider

Treatment starts by cleaning the infected areas immediately and removing any damaged tissue that could worsen the spread. Hopefully, cleaning minimizes the need to remove gum tissue and stops this disease from worsening. Focused oral care treatments before and after this procedure may also help you. In addition, antibiotic treatment helps kill much of the bacteria on an implant and can prevent a worsening spread that could impact a person's oral health.

In severe cases, the implant may be removed, and bone is grafted to the jaw to minimize further complications. This extra bone helps to increase implant stability and boosts the strength of the jaw in general. Antibiotics help during this process by killing bacteria before it spreads throughout the bone.

Do you need treatment for peri-implantitis or general care for your dental implants in Athens, GA? Then you should contact us today to learn more. Dr. Pylant works with implants and can provide a myriad of different dental care options that will keep your oral health strong. Please call us at 706-543-0026 to set up an appointment or to learn more about your treatment choices.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
August 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Graft  
If your gums are receding, this can put your teeth at a higher risk for decay, higher sensitivity, and abrasion. Dr. F. Neal Pylant is a periodontist in Athens, GA, and an expert in gum grafts that may help correct your receding gums.

Gum Grafts

Receding gums leave the roots of your teeth exposed to food particles and other elements. A simple surgical procedure called gum graft or gingival graft can help restore your gums.
In the gum graft procedure, periodontist Dr. Pylant, in Athens, GA, would first remove a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or nearby healthy gum tissue. Next, the tissue is attached to the affected area, restoring your gum line.

Types of Gum Grafts

There are three types of gum grafts:
  • Free gingival graft: Used if your gums are thin and need extra tissue to prevent further recession.
  • Connective tissue graft: Most commonly done and involves making an incision around the tooth, relaxing the tissue, and inserting new tissue under the recessed tissue.

Pedicle graft: Gum tissue is placed over the recession with local tissue instead of taking it from another part of your mouth.
Dr. Pylant can discuss these options with you and recommend the best procedure.

Are Complications Possible After a Gum Graft?

Although they are rare, infections and complications can happen. If you notice an oozing or unexpected bleeding from around the graft, you will want to alert the periodontist, Dr. Pylant, immediately. Also, it is uncommon but possible that the graft tissue may not adapt to the graft site. However, Dr. Pylant is an experienced periodontist who would correct or repeat the procedure to obtain more satisfying results.

What Happens After Gum Grafting?

Healing after gum graft surgery takes weeks and varies by patient and the amount of tissue that was grafted. When you follow up with Dr. Pylant post-procedure, he will make sure you are healing correctly, and the graft is successful. Once given the all-clear, you can begin to brush and floss again.
An often overlooked part of good oral health is ensuring your gums are healthy. Unfortunately, gum recession is one of the most common complications of periodontal health. If you suspect you may have a recessed gum line, call Dr. F. Neal Pylant at his office in Athens, GA, for an appointment today at (706) 543-0026.
By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
June 03, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease is no joke, and without proper dental care you could lose your teeth and jaw bone. That is why you should see a periodontist like Dr. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA at the onset of symptoms of gum disease.

Red Swollen Gums

Swollen gums are one of the first indicators of gum disease. Swollen gums might also indicate that you have gingivitis.

Plaque buildup can irritate your gums causing them to swell and bleed. If you are experiencing swollen gums, an exam with a periodontist such as Dr. Pylant is recommended. Treating your gum disease in its early stages increases the likelihood of success and prevents complications.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed while brushing your teeth, there is a problem. Bleeding gums could be a sign of possible gum disease or other problems, such as using the incorrect techniques when brushing and flossing, a health condition that may need evaluation by a physician, or a side effect from a medicine being taken.

When you visit Dr. Pylant in Athens, GA, he will do a comprehensive evaluation and determine if you have gum disease, or distinguish if your symptoms are from other conditions so that you can get the treatment you need.

Receding Gums

As your gum disease advances, your gums tend to pull away from your teeth. Your teeth may begin to look a little longer than usual as they lose some gum covering.

If you think your gums are receding, do not hesitate to schedule your periodontal appointment immediately. Receding gums are a precursor for tooth loss.

Loose Teeth

Loose teeth are only acceptable if you are a child waiting for the Tooth Fairy. If you have permanent teeth, they should stay securely in your jaw.

If you notice your teeth shifting as you chew, there is a problem. It is a race against tooth loss, and you may only be able to save your teeth by seeing a periodontist immediately.

Bad Breath

Bad breath that refuses to go away even after brushing your teeth and tongue might indicate gum disease.

As the food-debris bacteria which causes gum disease builds up in your mouth, it can give your breath an unpleasant odor.

Have you experienced any of these signs and symptoms? Call (706) 543-0026 to schedule your appointment with your periodontist, Dr. Pylant in Athens, GA, as soon as possible if you do not want gum disease to damage your smile.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
March 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Periodontitis  

Periodontitis (or gum disease as it is more commonly known) is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. The good news is that it is easy to prevent, and even easy to treat in its early stages; however, the treatments become more invasive and the disease more damaging the longer it is allowed to run its course. If you would like to learn more about what to look for if you are concerned about gum disease, then please contact Dr. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA.

Prevention and Early Care

Poor health and hygiene habits are most to blame for the onset of gum disease. Smoking and chewing tobacco also affect your gums and make them vulnerable to disease, as does the buildup of plaque. All threaten the health of your gums and your teeth.
Plaque clings daily to your teeth. It is made up of saliva, leftover food particles, fungi and bacteria. It is this bacteria that harms both the enamel on your teeth and your gums. Because of the minerals found in your saliva, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which makes it much more difficult to remove, and is thus more harmful.
Avoiding tobacco products and brushing and flossing your teeth every day are good first steps toward combating gum disease. They lessen the risk of complications, as well as keep plaque at bay. But the next step is one many of us take for granted, and that is regular checkups and cleanings at your dentist or periodontist’s office.
A professional dental cleaning eliminates the built-up plaque and tartar, and the procedure can even reverse gum disease while in its early stages. Also, a checkup is the best way to find out if you may be suffering from gum disease.

Periodontitis Treatment in Athens, GA

Symptoms such as bad breath, gums that are swollen or are tender, or even bleed, are all good reasons to suspect gum disease. Eventually, these symptoms progress to the point where you may notice changes to your bite and loose teeth. Waiting for these signs is not the best of plans. Instead, take the initiative and make an appointment today with Dr. Pylant in Athens, GA, by dialing (706) 543-0026.
By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
January 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: receding gums  

You may have gone to the dentist and received the news that your teeth are receding. There may be some questions you have about what to do next. Make plans to visit Dr. Neal Pylant's periodontal practice in Athens, GA, who can help you navigate the steps to restore your smile.

What can I do about my receding gums?

Every person is different, so talk to your periodontist about your receding gums. Sometimes treatment is as simple as getting a cleaning and becoming more diligent in your oral care. If the gum recession is extensive enough, your periodontist may need to perform surgery to correct the damage.

Some of the ways a periodontist may address your receding gums are:

  • Make suggestions. Sometimes gums begin to recede if you have been brushing too hard, and your periodontist can show you other techniques to keep your teeth clean without the harshness.
  • Gum graft. Your periodontist harvests a thin layer of gum tissue from a healthier portion of your mouth and uses it to cover the gum that is damaged, or donor tissue can be used for some procedures versus the patient's own tissue. During your healing, it is best to stay away from alcohol and smoking.
  • Deep clean the roots. Sometimes the periodontist aims to lift the gum and clean the bacteria. This bacteria accumulates at the bottom of the tooth. Your periodontist will clean underneath the gum tissue so that the pockets are not so severe.

Do you see more of your teeth lately than you think you should? Get more information about what to do about pockets and the recession of the gum tissue. Contact Dr. Pylant's practice in Athens, VA, at (706) 543-0026 today to have your receding gums examined.

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