A Frenectomy Can Restore a Healthy Smile in No Time

When it comes to taking care of the oral tissues, one of the things that often comes up is a frenectomy. This dental surgical procedure is done to remove a section of the frenulum, that small fold of mucous membrane which joins the floor of the mouth to the midline... Read more »

Is a Bone Graft the Answer to Your Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one cause of bone loss in the mouth. If you are experiencing gum disease, you can have chronic bacterial infections that impact your gum tissue as well as the supportive bone material underneath. Once plaque (the sticky bacterial film in the mouth) reaches beneath... Read more »

Gingival Flap Surgery Can Correct Severe Gum Recession

A habit of poor oral hygiene often leads to dangerous amounts of tartar on your gum line, which is a common cause of gum disease. This periodontal infection needs to be treated early on to reduce inflammation before it causes your gums to recede from the teeth and create harmful... Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to... Read more »

Taking Steps Against Periodontal Disease

What can you do to avoid periodontal disease and the increased risks to your health? Here are some answers for you: Step 1. At-home Care This part is simple and easy to follow. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes with a soft-bristled... Read more »

Gum Disease: Age and Gender

While everyone is vulnerable to gum disease–men, women, and children–research has shown that men tend to have a higher risk of gum disease. Why? Perhaps because they are not seeing a dentist regularly or are not as consistent with good oral hygiene habits. Let’s take a closer look at periodontitis... Read more »

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Although serious, periodontal disease is not as complex as it might sound. “Peri” means teeth and “odontal” means around. Therefore, periodontal disease refers to infections that affect the structures around the teeth, such as the gums. Other parts of the mouth that this disease affects are: the cementum that covers... Read more »

Gum Disease Problems Require Professional Treatment and Further Prevention

Poor oral hygiene habits and failing to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkups can leave excess plaque and food particles in your mouth. In time these bacterial deposits can start to harden into tartar on your teeth near the gumline. Once this starts to happen your chances of developing gum... Read more »

The Answers to Common Questions About Dental Implants

Do you have questions about dental implants? If so, our dentist, Dr. James R. Knochel, is happy to help you find the answers. The more you know about dental implants, the better. In fact, it can help you know if dental implants are right for you and your smile. So,... Read more »

Improve Your Smile With Crown Lengthening

Also referred to as a gingivectomy, crown lengthening is a fairly conservative periodontal treatment that can correct many oral problems faced by our patients. Crown lengthening reshapes the gum line to add length to your teeth and treat some dental health issues. The need for a gingivectomy can often arise... Read more »