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Periodontal Disease or “Gum Disease”

brushing-teeth2By Dr. Karl Anderson

What is the number one sign of active periodontal disease?

  • a) recession (tissue loss around your teeth)
  • b) pocket depth (the numbers hygienists read when you get your teeth cleaned)
  • c) pathologic bone loss
  • d) bleeding

The correct answer is bleeding. Though all of the other answers can be signs of presently active or past problems, bleeding gums are the most rail tell sign of active and progressing periodontal disease. Many people believe that brushing or flossing causes their gums to bleed. It’s the exact opposite. Properly brushing or flossing should get rid of bleeding gums you may need professional help. Come see us at Anderson Dental where you will receive quality and integrity.


What can I expect at my dental visit?

What can I expect at my dental visit? Each visit can vary in time due the amount of procedures being completed and the extent of the treatment. Cleanings generally take an hour to complete; time may be extended if a more extensive cleaning is required. Crown preparations can take 1-1 ½ hours for your visit. Bridge preparations can be completed in 1-1 ½ hours. Cavities are filled anywhere from 30 minutes or more, depending on the number of fillings being completed at your visit. Implants vary in time from 45 minutes to an hour, per implant being placed. Completed treatment is same day to months in duration. A dental assistant will be able to answer any questions you may have.

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