Don’t Ignore Gingivitis!

shutterstock_109993853_compressedA mild and common form of gum disease, gingivitis results in the redness, inflammation and irritation of your gums. Often because it is mild, it goes undetected in patients. It is, however, a serious condition as it can lead to eventual tooth loss if it remains undetected for an extended period of time. We encourage you to continue reading below to learn more about the signs of gingivitis and some treatment tips to ensure that you fight gum disease.

What are the Signs of Gingivitis?

Gingivitis isn’t too hard to detect – you should be able to look in the mirror and feel your gums to determine whether or not you are suffering from gum disease. You can come into our office where we will perform a thorough examination to make that determination, but at home, there are several signs to look for when detecting gingivitis. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have gingivitis:

  • Persistent bad breath.
  • Gums that feel tender, soft, puffy, or swollen.
  • Gums that are receding.
  • Gums that are a dusky red instead of a healthy pink.
  • Gums that bleed when you floss or brush.

How Can I Treat Gingivitis?

With poor oral hygiene being the main cause of gingivitis, the first thing you should focus on for treatment is practicing good oral health habits. This includes brushing a minimum of twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and receiving regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. The dental checkup is crucial because we can demonstrate to you the proper techniques for brushing and flossing; improper technique could be why the gingivitis is occurring. A proper dental cleaning also allows for the plaque and tartar to be removed—taking out the main causes behind gingivitis.

Gingivitis Examinations and Questions

You should have a better idea of what gingivitis can do to a person now. If you have any questions regarding what you’ve read, please contact us as we’d be happy to help answer your questions and address your concerns. You can make an appointment with our Pittsburgh, PA, office to get an examination for gum disease, a teeth cleaning, or any other procedure that you need. Silberg Center for Dental Science is to help you and your family with keeping their mouths happy and healthy – ensuring that you’re well equipped against gingivitis.

Cosmetic Gum Lifts

You may not have any missing teeth, but if you feel that something about your smile is just “off,” it may be due to the fact that your gums rest too low on your teeth. If that’s the case, you’re the perfect candidate to receive a cosmetic gum lift.

A gum lift will even out your gum line, providing you with a smile that you won’t be afraid to flash as often as you can. One of the best things about gum lifts is the fact that your local Pittsburgh periodontist can perform this procedure right here in our office.

The procedure is very simple: you’ll head to Dr. Silberg’s office, and we’ll use a combination of techniques to get your gums looking marvelous. Often, Dr. Silberg will use a pen or marker to illustrate where your new gum line will appear in your smile. You can expect a local anesthetic to be applied to the area (just like when cavities are filled) and the usual discomfort associated with any dental procedure.

The recovery process after you undergo a cosmetic gum lift varies from person to person. It’s recommended that you limit your activity level the day of the surgery, and to expect to wait at least three days to a week for your gums to heal completely. Dr. Silberg will give you very specific instructions on how you can help your gums heal more quickly. Following these instructions to the letter will make the process as comfortable as possible. You’ll obviously be advised to eat soft foods – yogurt, cheese, ice cream, eggs, and pasta for the first few days after your surgery. You’ll also be given direct instructions on how to brush your teeth following the gum lift.

In the end, your gum cosmetic gum lift will drastically improve the quality of your smile. If you think you’re in need of a cosmetic gum lift, get on the phone today or schedule a consultation online.

For Dental Implants, Choose a Periodontist

If you’re considering getting dental implants in Pittsburgh, you should give careful consideration to who should perform the procedure. While many dentists across varying specialties advertise this service, and many are competent in it, the best chance of success comes from someone who specializes in the supporting structures of a mouth—in other words, a periodontist.

However realistic a dental implant may look, it isn’t living tissue. The only living tissue at an implant site is the gum and bone being operated on—the primary focus of a periodonist’s training. This expertise comes in handy before, during, and after the process of placing an implant. Before, we need to monitor the health of your mouth and make sure you’re in the best shape possible, to give the implant its best chance of success. During, we work with the bone and gum to fit them around the implant in a way that is secure, natural, and comfortable. And afterward, one of the most important things to do is to monitor the implant site for signs of any complications.

The need for a periodontist’s specialized knowledge becomes even more apparent when you consider that most tooth loss in adults is due to periodontal disease. If you have lost teeth to anything other than a sudden accident, chances are the infection remains active. A dental implant can’t be placed in infected tissue without risking implant failure; instead, the infection must be treated to prepare you for the implant procedure. Every day, we clean and disinfect irritated periodontal pockets. Our office is even equipped with a soft tissue laser which we can use to sterilize infected gum tissue and encourage new growth. To create the perfect environment for implants, no one is better equipped or qualified than a periodontist.

If you are missing teeth, Dr. Silberg can provide all the care you need. The Silberg Center for Dental Science is the first choice among Pittsburgh Periodontists for many. Call us today, and start on the path to a healthy, brilliant smile.

The Stages of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease will always worsen if not treated. By its very nature, it is self-aggravating and progressive, developing from minor gingivitis to advanced periodontitis if given the time. At every step along the way, the disease damages your tissue, damage which may be difficult or impossible to correct without extensive surgery. As your Pittsburgh periodontist, we’d like you to recognize the stages of gum disease and seek treatment if you need it.

Gingivitis

The name of gingivitis refers specifically to the swelling of your gums and not the infection that causes it. It is also characterized by redness, sensitivity, and easy bleeding. Minor gingivitis can be treated at home with careful brushing and flossing. beyond a certain point, however, you will not be able to address it without help.

Periodontitis

In periodontitis, the gums separate from the teeth, resulting in hollows or “periodontal pockets” against the tooth roots where bacteria gathers and multiplies. This causes tartar buildup on the tooth roots, which further irritates the gums, creating a cycle of worsening gum disease.

Progressive bone loss

Between the activity of bacteria and the body’s immune response, all the tissue surrounding the infected gums will begin to deteriorate, including the alveolar bone. The upper and lower jaws include small wells of bone within which the tooth roots are contained; when those wells are eroded, the teeth are no longer secure, and can shift or even fall out. Periodontal disease is the chief cause of tooth loss in adults—not age.

Treatment options

We offer periodontal therapy to eliminate your infection and teach you to maintain healthy habits. Our treatment options include LANAP, a laser-based treatment which helps reduce periodontal pockets and reverse the progression of gum disease. For those with receded gums, Dr. Silberg is trained in the pinhole surgical technique, a minimally invasive option for restoring recessed gum tissue. Depending on the seriousness of your periodontal disease, you may also require tooth replacement and/or bone grafts.

If you are suffering from gum disease in Pittsburgh, don’t wait. The sooner you seek treatment, the more of your mouth you will preserve. Call today or contact us online to schedule your appointment, and experience the benefits of full periodontal health.

Real Teeth For Life

ConfidenceTooth loss can have a major impact on your quality of life. The tooth replacement you choose has a lasting effect on your gums, your jawbone, and on everything you do with your mouth from that point forward. Although any tooth replacement is better for your health and confidence than none, there is a distinct difference between the available options. While dentures restore a reasonable amount of function, only dental implants offer benefits similar to your natural teeth.

Stability

One of the chief drawbacks of dentures is that they can shift as you’re using them, causing feelings of instability and the worry that the dentures might fall out. Adhesives help, but can wear off too quickly, and the need to apply them and clean them off adds time and bother to your daily routine. Even partial dentures and bridges have similar problems, wobbling and shifting while in use.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are fixed permanently in place. They don’t shift, let alone fall out, and take the same amount of time to maintain as normal teeth.

Health

Once you begin to lose teeth, the rest of your mouth deteriorates from lack of use. Your gums recede, your jawbone weakens, and other teeth will drift from their positions. Dentures do nothing to help and can even accelerate the process by placing unaccustomed pressure on your jawbone. The only tooth replacements which actively work to keep your bone and gums healthy are dental implants. The post of an implant replaces your tooth roots, encouraging the bone and gums to grow against it instead of receding.

Aesthetics

While we attempt to make every dental prosthetic as realistic as possible, there are limits to what we can accomplish. Dentures will always be a separate appliance in your mouth, which may become visible or even fall out. Partial dentures have to be fastened in place, and those fastenings are often visible.

Individual dental implants are the most realistic, least obtrusive dental prosthetic available. Because they are implanted in your jaw with the fixtures covered by your gums, they look virtually identical to your natural teeth, allowing you to smile with confidence.

Implant-Secured Dentures

Even if you decide that dentures are the option that makes the most sense for you, you can still reap some of the benefits of dental implants. Using just a few implants to fasten your dentures will increase their stability immensely and eliminate the risk of dentures falling out. It will also benefit your jaw and gums—perhaps not as much as individual implants, but enough to make a difference.

Whether you have recently lost teeth or have been wearing dentures for years, dental implants can restore your mouth and change your life. Contact the Silberg Center for Dental Science today to find out whether you qualify for dental implants.

Pinhole Surgical Technique: Restoring Recessed Gums

If you have noticed your teeth are longer and more sensitive, you may be experiencing gum recession. This can cause tooth pain, sensitivity, and eventually tooth loss. Gum recession can create pockets or gaps in the space between your gums and teeth allowing bacteria to reside in these pockets and turn into an infection. Increased sensitivity can develop when gums recede and more of the tooth or the root of the tooth is exposed. The part of the tooth that is exposed when the gum recedes is not as hard as the enamel on the rest of the tooth and is more susceptible to cavities. Gum recession can be caused by using a toothbrush that is not soft, brushing too hard for a long period of time, tobacco use, misaligned teeth and periodontal disease.shutterstock_94074964.compressed

A Better Way

Dr. Silberg can correct receding gums by utilizing the new Pinhole Surgical Technique™. Traditionally surgery to correct gum recession includes cutting out a section of gum tissue away from the roof of the mouth. That tissue is then surgically placed under the existing gum line and stitched into place. The new tissue assimilates with the gum tissue around it, resulting in a long and painful healing process. This process can only correct one or two teeth at a time.

Here at the Silberg Center for Dental Science, Dr. Silberg offers the state-of-the-art procedure the Pinhole Surgical Technique™. This incredible, noninvasive technique can fix all your gums in one appointment. You will only need a local anesthetic and once in effect, a small needle is used to create a pinhole in the gums. Unlike the older techniques, there will be no stitches, no cutting and no grafting. The pinhole will heal completely within 24 hours, in most people, and the recovery is quicker and less painful. Directly after the procedure you will see the instant, lasting results.

After the pinhole is created Dr. Silberg will take specialized tools to loosen and reposition the gum tissue to cover the roots of the affected teeth. Collagen strips are then placed in the tissue to help stabilize the gums. The gums will heal very quickly and you will be able to resume your regular diet as early as the next day.

 

Gum grafting is no longer the best option for receding gums. Contact us to schedule a discussion with Dr. Silberg, who studied this technique under the creator Dr. Chao and has mastered its application. Become one of the thousands of patients around the country that have benefited from healthy gums without painful unpredictable grafts. Schedule your Pinhole Surgical Technique™ today!

Compassionate, Ethical Dentistry

DAt the Silberg Center for Dental Science, we believe in holding ourselves to a higher standard. Instead of simply treating your dental concerns and sending you on your way, we strive to partner with each of our patients to provide them with the education and self-esteem that they deserve. We understand some of the inherent challenges that new patients can face, such as embarrassment about their dental condition, financial obligations, anxiety about dental work, and the longevity of repairs—which is why we make these promises to our patients.

We promise to always treat you with dignity and respect.

When you walk into our office, our goal is to make you feel like a part of the team. Our front desk staff will greet you with a smile, and we will quietly and discreetly discuss things like paperwork and insurance coverage. We know that you have other options when it comes to dental care, which is why we treat every single patient with the utmost dignity and respect, without exception.

We promise to always do and say what is right and what is best for you.

Dental concerns can be complicated and illusive, which is why some patients worry about undergoing suggested procedures. However, here at the Silberg Center for Dental Science, we promise to never put our own financial interests ahead of the importance of your care. We will always do and say what is best for you, and we understand that your dental care is up to you.

We promise to facilitate your health care decisions with education, caring and compassion.

Every patient is different, which is why we work hard to treat all of our patients with care and compassion. From the smallest children to the most experienced senior, we will treat every patient like they matter—because you do. We are also committed to helping our patients understand their oral health through providing dental education. We will take the time to explain your current condition, where your treatment might need to go, or why certain procedures were necessary in the past. We never want to leave you in the dark, so we always set aside enough time to discuss all of your dental health concerns.

We will never manipulate or pressure you to accept treatment. We will support you to achieve the highest level of health to which you aspire.

Because every person is different, the dental care that might be right for your friend or neighbor might not be something that you are interested in. Because of this, we promise to never pressure you to undergo dental procedures. We want you to feel completely in charge of your dental health, and we will help you to meet your goals—not the other way around.

We promise to keep our education and our technology up to date and will continue to be the leading implant and periodontal practice in the tri-state area

Unlike some other dental practices, we work hard to maintain our level of education through attending additional courses and investing in the best equipment. For example, the Silberg Center for Dental Science offers the innovative Pinhole Surgical Technique™, which is the least invasive gum grafting procedure available. Dr. Silberg also offers services such as laser dentistry, which reduces recovery time and increases patient comfort, and newer dental implants and abutments that are stronger and have a longer lifespan.

For more information about the promises we make to our patients, check out our website or make an appointment with the Silberg Center for Dental Science today.

What is L.A.N.A.P.?

If a patient is suffering from periodontal disease, a possible treatment is LANAP. LANAP stands for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and is a highly effective, minimally invasive method for disinfecting and repairing diseased gums.

Receding gums

As gum disease progresses, the connective tissues between your gums and teeth are damaged or destroyed, and the gums pull away from the teeth. This results in deep pockets around the teeth which provide shelter for bacteria. Because this worsening infection continues to irritate the gums and cause more and more damage, diseased periodontal pockets create a self-sustaining cycle which can destroy the tissues around your teeth and result in tooth loss. To prevent this, the infection must be cleaned out, and the gums must be allowed to heal.

Old and new

In the past, periodontal pockets would have been repaired using periodontal flap surgery. Like most surgical procedures, periodontal flap surgery involves incisions, sutures, and a long healing period. LANAP offers a faster, less invasive alternative which is faster to heal and significantly less painful. We use precise strokes of the laser to remove diseased tissue and destroy pockets of infection, leaving only healthy gum tissue ready to reattach to your newly-cleaned teeth. LANAP is the most advanced treatment currently available for periodontal disease.LANAP

Comfortable and safe

Our specialized surgical laser is approved for use in periodontal cleaning and reattachment, and is a reliable instrument in the fight against gum disease. Unlike traditional methods, LANAP requires no incisions or sutures, allowing you to keep more of your original gum tissue and leading to faster healing times. Our patients report little or no pain, as well as minimal swelling. In a single visit, we can promote the healing and rejuvenation of your entire gumline. LANAP may even promote future regrowth of deteriorated bone without the use of a bone graft. From every angle, laser gum treatment is an improvement upon traditional surgical methods.

Make your appointment

Dr. Silberg is pleased to be able to offer this state-of-the-art periodontal treatment to patients in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can use our online contact form or call our office to schedule a consultation.

Treatments for Gum Recession

iStock_000013228439_LargeIf you struggle with receding gums, there are many different treatments available to you. Your Pittsburgh periodontist, Dr. Silberg, is trained in many different preventive and corrective procedures to ensure that your smile is healthy and beautiful. One of the more innovative approaches he offers is called Alloderm tissue grafts.

Traditionally, in a gum graft procedure, gum tissue is harvested from the roof of the mouth, and then grafted directly in to the problem area of recession. This can be a painful procedure, with an uncomfortable recovery. However, Dr. Silberg now offers Alloderm tissue grafts, which are a healthy, low-risk alternative to the traditional method.

What is Alloderm?

Alloderm is a regenerative dermal tissue donation which has been aseptically processed to remove cells, and freeze-dried to remove any moisture, while preserving the biological components and dermal structure. It can be grafted right in to your own tissue to create a seamless, natural solution to your receding gums. Alloderm has been used in over a million patients, over a span of more than 10 years in dental settings, with excellent results.

How does it work?

Alloderm tissue grafts are used to replace any missing gum tissue you may be experiencing. At your procedure, your gums will be gently pulled back to reveal the roots. The roots will be planed and demineralized to aid in the bonding of new tissue to the surface of the root. Small incisions are made to create a passageway between the tooth and the gum tissue. Next, the Alloderm tissue grafts are carefully placed in the space created, filling in the gaps where gum recession has occurred. Finally, the gums and grafts are sutured securely in place to allow healing to occur. An antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed to help make the healing process more comfortable and to prevent infection.

Because Alloderm tissue components are acellular, they are virtually risk-free from biological rejection, as well as transmittable disease. All tissue samples are thoroughly screened and treated with an aseptic procedure to prevent complications from arising as a result of the graft.

To learn more about this and other procedures we offer, visit our comprehensive website. Give us a call to set up a consultation and to see if Alloderm gum grafts may be the best option for you. As a qualified and experienced periodontist, Dr. Silberg and he staff are fully prepared to make your gums as strong and beautiful as they can be.

Advancements in Treating Receding Gums

PeriodontitisIf your gums are receding, you may need surgery to correct them. Traditionally this is done by cutting gum tissue away from the roof of the mouth, and replacing it under the affected gum line. The replaced gum tissue is stitched into place, where it will assimilate with the gum tissue around it. The healing process can be painful and lengthy.

Causes of Receding Gums

There are many reasons why gums may recede. Among them are hormonal changes or genetic predisposition, habits such as grinding teeth or tobacco use, misalignment, or gum disease. Whatever the cause, receding gums are serious and can lead to the degradation of the underlying bone tissue. If the bone is not strong it cannot support the teeth and they may fall out.

Here at The Silberg Center for Dental Science, we offer a state-of-the-art procedure called the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Dr. Silberg has learned this technique from its creator, Dr. Chao, and has brought it back to our office so that you can enjoy its incredible, non-invasive benefits.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

This technique is the latest break-through in the treatment of receding gums. In older treatments the gums are cut, grafted and stitched. But with the Pinhole Surgical Technique, there is no cutting, no grafting and no stitches. Because of this, there is far less discomfort, and the recovery is much quicker. This efficient method was developed so that you can enjoy the lasting results of healthy gums without all the hassle of traditional surgery.

In this procedure, only a local anesthetic is needed. Once administered and in effect, a small needle is used to create a “pinhole” in the gum tissue, giving access to the affected area. Using specialized tools, the gum tissue is loosened, and repositioned to cover the roots of the affected teeth.  Collagen strips are then placed under the tissue to help stabilize the gums. The pinhole site heals very quickly—often even overnight—so that you can resume your regular eating and drinking as early as the next day.

No longer is the scalpel the only way to correct receding gum lines. If your gums need to be treated for recession, come in for a discussion with Dr. Silberg, who has studied this technique and mastered its application. Forget about the fear and pain associated with the traditional method, because there is a better way. This breakthrough technique has enabled thousands of patients throughout the country to enjoy the benefits of beautiful, healthy gums, without grafts or stitches. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.