Throughout a woman’s life, hormonal changes affect tissue throughout the body. Fluctuations in hormonal levels occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause, but even during your menstrual cycle or if you are taking birth control medication. At these times, the chance of periodontal disease may increase, requiring special care of your oral region. During puberty, there is increased production of sex hormones. These higher hormone levels increase gum sensitivity and lead to greater irritation from plaque and food particles. The gums can become swollen, turn red, and feel tender. Similar symptoms occasionally appear several days before menstruation.
An Implant-Supported Overdenture is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way surgeons and dentists think of replacing a full set of teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. Frequently, dentures are painful, inconvenient and unstable. Such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help with implant supported dentures. The Implant-Supported Overdenture treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by dental implants. Fewer implants are needed and overall treatment time and cost is reduced.
We will always be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort. For surgical procedures, in addition to local anesthesia ("novocaine") we are trained in administration of nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") and offer various levels of conscious sedation from simple pre-medication with an anti-anxiety medication to full intravenous conscious sedation administered by a board-certified medical anesthesiologist. You will need recent dental x-rays in order to make a proper diagnosis of dental and periodontal disease. If your dentist has taken x-rays, please request that they be forwarded to us.