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Oral Health: Don't Ignore Your Gums

When you go to your dentist, you are likely concerned about cavities and the stains on your teeth. If you are like me, then you probably never thought much about your gums. Unfortunately, this caused me to form a serious gum recession condition. My dentist said that hard brushing practices, poor flossing techniques, and even the consumption of sugary foods led to the recession. After some deep scaling treatments, I was informed that I needed a gum graft procedure. The gums are extremely important to your health. They provide your teeth with the nutrients they need and they protect the sensitive dental roots. The gums even keep bacteria away from your jaw bone. Don't ignore your gums like I did. Read my blog and learn about proper oral care techniques. Prevention practices can easily save your gums from necessary restoration.

Implant Blueprint: Three Services That You Need Before Dental Implants

If several of your teeth have been giving you trouble, ditching them can potentially be the best bet for your overall health. Replacing bad teeth with dental implants, rather than making small changes to the existing teeth, can ensure longer lasting oral health. If you have several teeth that you are interested in replacing with implants, there are a few procedures that you should get done before the surgical implant takes place. Here are three crucial services before you go to an oral surgeon for your dental implant.

Tooth extraction and bone grafting

If you are getting an implant, that means that you will need to get your teeth extracted. It is best to stick with a few teeth at a time, so schedule as many appointments as necessary to get all of the problem teeth out of your mouth. As soon as your teeth are pulled, you should opt to get a bone graft. A bone graft will fill in space in the gums where the bone is missing in order to provide a base for the implant. This will decrease the time spent during the implant surgery, as well. Be sure to get this done at least three months before you will report to your dental implant appointment. 

Proper tooth cleaning and fillings 

The next service that you need after your tooth extraction is a good tooth cleaning. This cleaning will remove plaque and tartar from your mouth and gums. This will make sure that your teeth are in healthy condition and won't have any issues during the implant process. After your tooth cleaning, you should have any fillings that you need to be serviced. This will prevent any further tooth rotting and possible health issues that will delay your tooth implant. Get a good cleaning a few weeks in advance of the tooth implant. 

Tooth whitening

Though it may seem to be an unnecessary vanity, it is a good idea to get a tooth whitening done before you get a tooth implant. The reason you want to get a tooth whitening is because you want your teeth in prime shape before the implant. The implant will be made to match your teeth, including in color. For this reason, you want your teeth to be in the best shape and color possible. If your implant is created to match your perfect smile, it will properly match anytime you choose to get your teeth whitened.