When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option. When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices may be necessary. However, when recession is deeper, or even reaches the thin, spongy tissue known as mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost and grafting surgery may be needed to help prevent further recession.
Although we do not accept insurance as full payment, we will do all we can to help patients derive maximum benefits from their insurance coverage. We provide an "attending doctors" statement for each treatment visit. This can be attached to your claim form, and is accepted by your insurance company. When requested, we will provide a "pre-treatment estimate" of anticipated expenses to be submitted to your insurance carrier for a "Pre-determination of Benefits.". This lets you know how much the insurance carrier will reimburse for services performed here.
Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss or fracture of the tooth. The bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease and/or infection resulting in deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. In addition, when teeth are extracted, the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly after the extraction resulting in unsightly defects and collapse of the lips, and cheeks. These jaw defects can create major problems in performing restorative dentistry whether your treatment involves dental implants, bridges or dentures.
A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not destroyed by normal daily usage. It is destructive when teeth show wear, looseness or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. Multiple missing or damaged teeth interfere with your ability to chew properly and can lead to significant other problems such as jaw joint pain, over-stress to remaining teeth and even digestive problems. The therapy may include: