It's an unfortunate fact that millions of Americans are currently struggling with periodontal disease. An inflammatory condition that heavily affects gum tissue, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and it can have wide-ranging effects on your overall wellbeing as well. Fortunately, Dr. Thomas Faiver, your dentist in East Lansing, MI, can help provide treatment for this potentially deadly disease!
More about periodontal disease
From mild gingivitis (evidenced by bleeding when you brush) to advanced periodontitis, gum disease develops in the space between the gums and tooth surfaces. Called the sulcus, this space may fill with bacteria-laden plaque and calculus, or hard tartar. As the sulcus fills, it becomes infected, causing:
- Gum recession
- Puffiness, tenderness and redness
- Bone degradation
- Exposure of tooth roots
- Halitosis (very bad-smelling breath)
- Dental sensitivity
- Tooth drift or mobility
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in dental bite
- Pain when biting and chewing
- Discoloration of gum tissue
Even worse, many scientific studies show a link between heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, dementia, and more, according to the American Heart Association.
Do you have it?
At our East Lansing office, Dr. Faiver includes periodontal measurements with every dental examination. During this step, your dentist or hygienist gently inserts a tiny metal probe into each gum sulcus. A measurement of one to three millimeters is normal and healthy, but four millimeters and deeper is diagnostic for periodontal disease.
Treating gum disease
Plaque and tartar in pockets of this depth are difficult to remove. However, your hygienist practices scaling and root planing with manual and ultrasonic tools that effectively lift out these harmful deposits. With the installation of antibiotics and good oral hygiene at home, gums usually reattach to tooth surfaces, creating that characteristic turtleneck sweater appearance and snugness which nourish and support your teeth.
Additionally, more advanced cases of gum disease may respond to gum grafting, laser treatments, or more complex in-office procedures to cover bare tooth roots. Dr. Faiver will advise the procedure best for your long-term oral health. Of course, your semi-annual cleanings and exams, along with diligent brushing and flossing habits at home, help remove dangerous biofilms.
Need more details?
Contact the team at Dr. Thomas Faiver's office in East Lansing, MI. They'll answer any questions that you have and help you achieve a healthy smile—phone (517) 351-7222 today.
Do you know the signs that might mean you need a root canal? The therapy, offered by your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Thomas Faiver, can help you prevent the loss of a tooth.
These signs and symptoms may occur if you need a root canal
Root canals are performed when you have an infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp. Located in the center of your tooth, pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue. Although it's normally well protected, an infection or inflammation can occur due to tooth decay or an injury.
Pain is a common root canal symptom. It can become severe as the inflammation or infection progresses, but might be mild or intermittent at first.
Does your tooth hurt when you eat? Chewing, or any pressure placed on your tooth, can irritate your inflamed or infected pulp, causing an increase in pain. Pain may also worsen if you eat or drink hot, cold or sugary foods or beverages. Your tooth may hurt as long as 30 minutes after you finish your meal.
An inflammation or infection can cause changes in the appearance of your tooth or the gum surrounding it. You may notice that your tooth has darkened or that your gum looks red or swollen.
Because pain in a tooth can occur for several reasons, it's important to make an appointment with your East Lansing dentist if you experience a toothache.
Root canal therapy is essential if you have an abscess. The bacterial infection is not only painful but can affect your health if it spreads. Fortunately, a root canal and antibiotic therapy will protect your tooth and your health.
A severe, throbbing pain is a common symptom if you have an abscess. You may also feel unwell and notice that you have a fever. Other abscess symptoms include facial swelling, swollen lymph nodes and pus or a small bump on the gum.
Protect your smile with root canal therapy. Call your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Thomas Faiver, at (517) 351-7222 to schedule your appointment.
Do you have a smile that you're embarrassed to show off? If so, Thomas G. Faiver, DDS, PC, in East Lansing, MI, can correct those tooth imperfections with the help of Invisalign! This teeth-straightening method eliminates the need for metal brackets and wires, replacing them with clear and removable aligners. Read on to learn more!
What Invisalign Can Do For You
Offering comfort, convenience, and discretion, Invisalign is capable of treating all sorts of cases that range from overbites and underbites to crowded and gapped teeth. These small fixes in your smile can make a big difference in your confidence, giving you a motivational boost in social and professional situations.
In addition to their aesthetic issues, misaligned teeth also make it difficult to brush and floss properly, thus making it difficult to upkeep a healthy mouth. After all, when teeth do not fit tightly together, plaque is more likely to remain in the overlapped space, leading to more cavities and trips to the dentist.
The Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of transparent plastic aligners that are custom created from molds taken by our East Lansing dentist. Each set is worn for two weeks at a time, only needing to be removed while eating, drinking, and practicing your oral care routine. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and available to teens and adults, so regardless of age, you can straighten your smile without fear of anyone noticing!
Additional benefits of Invisalign braces include:
- Improved speech - misplaced teeth make it difficult to properly enunciate.
- Shorter, more efficient dental cleanings - straighter teeth means less time in the dental chair.
- Alleviated facial pain - people who grind their teeth can benefit from plastic protection.
- A better bite - which means a more effective oral care routine.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
If you have questions or concerns regarding the aesthetics of your smile, we can discuss them with you during a consultation. To schedule an appointment with your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Thomas G. Faiver DDS, PC, call (517) 351-7222. To learn more about Invisalign, visit our website.
Would you like a cosmetic treatment which improves your smile appearance, strengthens individual tooth structure and also looks completely natural? Find all these qualities and more in porcelain veneers! These thin, translucent laminates disguise dental flaws and enhance smile appearance. Your dentist in East Lansing, MI, Dr. Thomas Faiver, is an expert in this popular cosmetic dental service, and he can help determine if porcelain veneers are a good choice for you!
Size, shape, color, and arrangement
These qualities blend together into the perfect smile. However, if one of these factors veers off course, you can become less than pleased with how your smile looks. Maybe you have uneven tooth length or an oddly shaped tooth, or perhaps your center top teeth show deep tobacco stains, or some teeth crowded or noticeably gapped. Porcelain veneers can permanently change all of these defects!
The first step is a consultation with your dentist in East Lansing, MI. There, you two will discuss the aesthetic aspects of your smile that you'd like to improve. An examination, X-rays, and a detailed treatment plan will then make up the remaining agenda for the visit. If porcelain veneers are on that plan, expect a two-to-three visit treatment and spectacular results!
How veneers work
Porcelain veneers are super-thin and tooth-shaped. Your dentist will permanently bond them to the front of selected teeth, in order to cover chips, gaps, pitting, and a host of other problems. For the veneers to fit and bite properly, Dr. Faiver will remove about half a millimeter of enamel from the teeth.
Dental impressions will also be taken and subsequently sent to a dental lab. There, a master ceramist will craft each veneer, achieving the right shape and color for your smile. Finally, once you come back to the office for final placement, Dr. Faiver will use a tooth-colored cement to bond the veneers over your teeth.
Love your smile
Of course, you want your smile to be healthy, but don't you want it to look great, too? Why not see Dr. Thomas Faiver for a cosmetic dentistry consultation and explore your options? After all, porcelain veneers may be one of them! Call the office for an appointment at (517) 351-7222.
Are dental implants on your list of possible tooth restoration options? Their unique benefits make them a good choice no matter how many teeth you've lost. East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver helps his patients fill their gaps in their smiles with innovative dental implants.
Dental implants offer a total restoration option
Bridges, dentures and dental implants may be on your list of restoration options depending on the number of teeth you've lost. Although all three methods improve your appearance by filling gaps in your smile, only dental implants also replace your missing roots.
Implants are tiny posts placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. In the months following the placement of the implant, the posts gradually bond to your jawbone. When they're fully bonded, they serve as artificial roots for the dental crowns that will be connected to them. In most cases, your dental implants will never need to be replaced. You will need to replace your crowns approximately every 10 to 15 years.
Implant benefits make them an excellent restoration choice
Adding replacement roots to your jawbone offers several important benefits. When your new crowns are securely attached to your implants, you won't experience gum irritation when you chew. As a result, dental implants also feel more like natural teeth.
Dental implants also help protect your jawbone. Due to lack of stimulation from missing tooth roots, the bone may begin to shrink after you lose a tooth. In some cases, the problem may cause some of your other teeth to loosen or contribute to sagging of the muscles in your lower face. Implants prevent this consequence from occurring.
Although dental implants are a good option if you've lost one tooth, they're equally effective at replacing multiple lost teeth or even all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures and bridges offer unparalleled comfort and allow you to eat hard and tough foods with ease.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver at (517) 351-7222 to schedule an appointment.
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