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Do I Have Periodontal Disease?
gum recession

The most common condition we see in our office (that isn’t a cavity) is undoubtedly periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when bacteria get underneath the gumline, multiplying and infecting the sensitive tissue. The bacteria encourages the gum tissue to lift away from the teeth. Without the gums stabilizing and protecting the teeth, the chances of losing a tooth (or teeth) skyrocket. This is why we take periodontal disease so seriously in our office. What begins as a little blood on your toothbrush can lead to eventual tooth loss.

So, how do you know if you have periodontal disease? According to the CDC, 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. Considering how easy it is to keep gum disease at bay, that number is staggering.

If you think you may have gum disease, chances are you do have some early stage of it. Here are a few of the symptoms that you may be experiencing:

Red, swollen gums

The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Its symptoms are mild which is why people frequently ignore them. One of the best ways to self-diagnose gingivitis is by closely inspecting your gums. Are they red and “puffy” looking? Can you see a ridge of plaque building up near the gum line? If you answered “yes” to those questions, there’s a high chance you have gingivitis. Red gums that bleed when brushed are the number one symptom of early periodontal disease.

gum recession

If you’re experiencing red, inflamed gums, schedule a dental cleaning immediately. If your gingivitis is more severe, they may recommend scheduling you for scaling. This is where a hygienist cleans underneath the gum tissue instead of just around it. Scaling is the most efficient way of removing built-up bacteria that lurks beneath the gums but, even after a scaling treatment, you have to keep up with your oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing twice a day with gum detoxifying toothpaste and flossing once a day will keep your gums healthy and pink.

Gum recession

When left untreated, gingivitis turns into periodontal disease. This may be when you begin to experience some gum recession. Gum recession is when the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, making the teeth appear “longer.” That’s actually where the expression “long in the tooth” comes from. Older people tend to have more gum recession than younger people because periodontal disease typically takes a while to develop — especially if you keep it from becoming too severe.

Adults with good oral hygiene may experience mild gum recession as they get older but, in those cases, there shouldn’t be a serious risk of tooth loss. Gum recession caused by long-term untreated periodontal disease is where tooth loss becomes a real problem. The longer the periodontal disease goes untreated, the worse the recession gets. If the gums shrink away so dramatically that there isn’t really anything holding the tooth/teeth in place, tooth loss is inevitable.

Treatment and prevention

The best way to keep your mouth and teeth healthy is to follow two simple rules:

That’s it! If you stick to those two things, you’ll never have to worry about periodontal disease. If you’re already struggling with periodontal disease or gingivitis, here are a few things you should do:

That last one might be a little surprising but when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums clean, water is incredibly important. Water washes away bacteria and built-up food and can help prevent plaque build-up. Switching from sugary sodas and energy drinks to water is a great way to improve your oral health.

 Schedule your first appointment today

Live in the Cary-Raleigh area? We’d love to have you come in! We offer an array of services from pediatric dentistry and orthodontics to oral surgery and cosmetics. Call (919) 460-9665 to set up an appointment today.

Hi, Dr. Bobbi of Stanley Dentistry here. I wanted to talk to you today and give you some information about Invisalign. Invisalign are clear aligner braces that can help straighten your teeth without being intrusive in your personal life. I’m going to turn it over to our lead Invisalign assistant, Zara, to tell you more.

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is a part of orthodontics that allows patients to be able to align their teeth for many different reasons. It’s very painless, almost virtually painless, and it is also pretty much invisible. You’re not able to see them as much as [traditional braces] and they’re usually faster. A lot of patients average maybe six months to a year of treatment. So, with regular orthodontics, it requires the placement of brackets and the use of metal wires to be able to move teeth precisely — which is a very effective way [to straighten teeth]. But, what’s great about Invisalign is that it’s not fixed in your mouth, thus you’re able to take it out and have very proper hygiene. It’s minimally invasive and it does well for a lot of our patients.

Who’s a good candidate for Invisalign?

So, people who are candidates for Invisalign are generally people who have a wide range of malocclusion. Whether it’s minor relapses, maybe they’ve had orthodontics done in the past, or it could be used for some more major procedures such as if they’ve had teeth extracted and are interested in implants. Invisalign could also be good for patients who want veneers and they need to correct their deep bite. There are really very few limits to the kind of patient who would need or want Invisalign.  

What’s the Invisalign process like?

In the Invisalign process, there’s a set of aligners that we customize for your teeth specifically. You wear them for twenty to twenty-two hours out of the day which is the highest recommended effective time for them. You only take them out to eat and brush. Otherwise, you’re wearing them at all times to get the most ideal smile. 

For your first Invisalign appointment, we’ll take an Itero scan. [The intraoral device] stitches together numerous images simultaneously to create a model. That way, there’s no need for gooey impressions. The process is very, very fast. We take [the scan] and take a series of photos and send them off to Invisalign to evaluate so we can get the best result for your smile. They correspond with Dr. Bobbi directly. This means they’re able to let us know of any adjustments, or if there’s anything you’re interested in changing as a patient, or if Dr. Bobbi wants to do something to perfect your smile. She goes back and forth with the lab and then they create your Invisalign aligners. We receive the aligners back from Invisalign and we bring you back into the office to make sure that they fit perfectly for you. 

One thing that we might do at this first appointment is place attachments. They are little buttons of composite that go on the front side of your teeth. They serve specific anchor or rotation points for the aligners to make them more effective. Sometimes, doing this can cut down on the number of aligners you’ll need. At the very end of treatment, we polish those off.

What happens after the first appointment?

At that first appointment, where you receive your first few sets of aligners, you go home and you continue to wear them and go about your life. Then your follow-up appointments will take place virtually. We provide a virtual platform and that way you’ll be able to check-in with us. We’ll be able to talk about how you feel like things are going and we’ll also be able to have you send pictures and check on your progress. We’ll be able to see how your teeth are tracking and if everything looks great, we’ll set up a curbside pickup for your next few sets of aligners.

This is great because it doesn’t require you to set up an appointment. You just swing by and we’ll make sure you get your next few set. Then we’ll continue to follow up with you virtually. At the end of all your aligner sets, we’ll talk about whether there’s more that you want to change — if there are minor adjustments that we want to make. If not, you’re all ready to get your retainers. 

For those, you come into the office and we take one more scan of your mouth to get a perfect fit for your retainers. We send that off and the turnaround time is about a week. You come back in, we polish off all your attachments, and then we get you set up with your retainers.

Ready to schedule?

In order to know if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, we have to gather some information about your oral health, your current alignment, and your smile goals. Come in for a free consultation and we’ll be able to chat about your options! To set up your first appointment, just call (919) 460-9665. We’ll see you soon!  

We know no one enjoys filling out paperwork, but in any medical environment, all those questions about your medications and medical history are incredibly important. Most people acknowledge that they need to fill out paperwork at places like their GP or orthopedic, but at dental offices, paperwork is often left ignored and unfinished. Because people typically come to the dentist twice a year, it can feel more routine than going to other medical offices. This translates to people not feeling the need to mention things like new medications or recent surgeries. Your teeth don’t have much to do with the rest of your body, right? In reality, your overall health has a strong impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Even small changes to your medical history can impact how we approach your dental treatment options.

List all of your medications

Almost all medications — even over-the-counter drugs — come with long lists of side effects. Most decongestants and many antihistamines can severely reduce saliva production. Saliva helps keep your teeth “clean” in-between brushing by washing away harmful bacteria. If we know that you’re on a medication that affects saliva production, we can take some proactive measures to ensure your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible.

Some other medications that may affect your saliva production include painkillers, diuretics, and antidepressants. If you’re taking any kind of medication regularly, make sure your dentist knows — even if you don’t think it’s affecting your teeth or mouth directly. With anything medical, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

List all illnesses and conditions

Your mouth is a gateway for harmful bacteria, allowing them to easily move from your teeth and gums to affect the rest of your body. Poor oral health can exacerbate, and even cause, certain conditions, including endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. Letting your dentist know about your health conditions — including your family’s health history — is vital. If endocarditis runs in your family, your dentist may recommend coming in for three or four cleanings a year instead of two, just to make sure there are no bacteria that can wind up near your heart.

Your oral health can also impact pregnancy. Recent studies link periodontal disease to low birth weights and premature births. We typically recommend that pregnant women come in for cleanings every three months instead of every six months if they’re struggling with their gum health.

Other conditions that relate to your oral health include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis. These illnesses can make the mouth more susceptible to gum disease, mucosal lesions, and tooth loss respectively. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to tell your dentist exactly what sort of conditions you have so they can create a treatment plan that works for you.

Recent surgery or injury? Let us know

Surgeries and injuries — on any part of the body — can affect oral surgeries and treatments. At our office, we approach every case with individual, personalized care. If we don’t know your medical history, we could make a mistake. Keep us in the loop on any and all changes by filling out all requested paperwork and talking to your dentist while you’re in the office. We want every visit to our office to be beneficial and worthwhile to you but for that to be possible, we need your help.

“Hello everyone, Dr. Robert Stanley, Smile Engineer, here. Today, I want to talk to you about something that really is close to my heart which is, ‘what is a dental implant made out of?’

So, most dental implants are made out of titanium. But what most people don’t realize is that titanium comes in different grades. So, we have commercially pure grades 1, 2, 3, and 4. Then we have something called the alloys. In the alloys, we have something called alloy-23 and that is medical-grade titanium.

When we select a dental implant, and if you’re looking for a dental implant, one of the questions you’d want to ask your provider is, “what is the implant made of?” And when they say, “titanium,” which is what most are made of, then say, “what type of titanium?” You need to figure this out and here’s why. Grade one titanium is 66% weaker than the grade 23 titanium that we talked about. CP, commercially pure, grade one, is 66% weaker than grade-23 alloy.

In our office, we don’t use CP1. We don’t use CP2, 3, or 4. All of those commercially pure titanium’s are weak. They’re just not strong enough. We use medical-grade, German titanium and that has an alloy and it’s extremely strong. How does that matter to you? Why does that matter? Well, if we put the dental implant in and it’s made out of a softer metal, it might fail, over a period of time with use. So, it’s just like a coat hanger. If you have a coat hanger and you bend that coat hanger back and forth, you can eventually break it in half. Well, if the coat hanger was made out of a stronger metal, it would take longer before you’d get that coat hanger to break in half. So, in our office, we don’t ever want to have an implant break. We use the strongest metal that we can, grade 23 titanium.” 

Are grade 23 titanium implants safe?

You may be thinking “grade 23 titanium implants are strong…but are they safe?” The answer is a resounding “yes”! Grade 23 titanium is medical-grade which means the FDA has approved it for use in medical devices, including orthopedic pins and screws, surgical staples, joint replacements, and, of course, dental implants. It is 100% safe and will not cause any ill side-effects. Some patients find the thought of having titanium in their body a little unnerving but it’s truly the best substance for mimicking bone or tooth. It’s incredibly long-lasting and strong. Once it’s placed and healed, you’ll most likely never have to think about it again!

Thinking about getting dental implants?

Suffering from missing teeth and looking for a real solution? Dental implants may be the answer. Call our office at (919) 460-9665 to set up a complimentary consultation today!

Whitening at Stanley Dentistry

“Hi, Dr. Bobbi Stanley here at Stanley Dentistry. Have you thought about whitening, but you’re a little bit confused about your options? Well, let me tell you a little bit about your professional options here at Stanley Dentistry.

There are three types of whitening options here.  There’s a take-home tray you can use at home to whiten your teeth.  There’s an in-office whitening that’s fairly popular and quick. And there’s one that’s a really deep, powerful whitening.

The take-home whitening is simple. You have a little tray, you put whitening solution in, and you put it in your mouth — daytime or nighttime. You wear it for a short while, your teeth whiten. Oftentimes, patients want more than that and they want it faster. So, in one short hour, we can do Zoom! Whitening here in the office, in the chair, and we can get you a bright, white smile. Then you just need to do touch-ups at home from time to time.

But, if you want a powerful, deep whitening, you need KöR whitening. For whitening is the newest version of whitening that helps to whiten deeper and to get the teeth that are really challenging to whiten. It’s really simple. It’s an in-office and at-home technique. So, if you’re considering whitening, please come to see us today at Stanley Dentistry so we can talk about your options.” 

Can I afford whitening?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions we hear in regards to in-office whitening. Any kind of effective whitening treatment (even those you can buy at the supermarket) unfortunately isn’t going to be particularly cheap. The more important question to ask is how white do you want your smile to be and for how long. The whitening products you can buy at the store are the weakest when it comes to their ability to whiten stained teeth. Many of them are also difficult to use and can give people only temporary results. While there are people who swear by whitening strips and whitening toothpaste, we’ve seen many more who are disappointed by the lackluster results. If store-bought whitening kits just aren’t doing the trick, in-office whitening is the answer.

Our take-home whitening is the weakest and least expensive option. It’s stronger than what you can get in a store but it’s not as strong as our two in-office treatments: Zoom! and KöR. Zoom! is more budget-friendly than KöR but it isn’t quite as strong. KöR is the most expensive and most powerful option. It’s for people who have deep-rooted staining that other whitening methods cannot remove.

As with everything in our office, you can finance your whitening treatments. You can learn more about our financing options here.

Is dental whitening painful?

Another common question we hear with whitening patients is “does it hurt?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to that question. For many people, Zoom! and KöR whitening treatments are 100% pain-free. For others (particularly those who have sensitive teeth), the in-office portion of the whitening can be a little uncomfortable, both during and after treatment. Some patients report feeling “zingers” — sporadic bolts of pain in their teeth — for a few weeks or months post-whitening.

If you have very sensitive teeth, I would recommend trying some store-bought options first before venturing to in-office whitening treatments. Store-bought whitening options aren’t as strong as in-office treatments and will not cause as much discomfort.

How long does whitening take?

We ask that all of our whitening patients first come in for a complimentary consultation to go over the different options and see which one would work best for them. After that consultation, they can get started on their treatment. Zoom! is a series of twenty-minute whitening sessions. Most patients are in and out within a couple of hours. KöR uses both in and out of office methods so the process does take a little longer. If you want to get whitening done for a big event, make sure to get into our office for a consultation as soon as you can so we can set up your treatment appointment(s)!

Scheduling is easy

Live in the Cary, North Carolina area and want to try professional, in-office whitening? Give us a call at (919) 460-9665 to set up your first appointment. We’ll see you soon!

gum grafting

Gum recession (where the gums gradually pull away from the teeth) is an incredibly common problem among adults. Recession appears due to a variety of reasons including poor dental hygiene (leading to periodontal disease), aggressive brushing, and general aging. Because so many patients have it, dentists are always trying to find new techniques that can effectively “cover-up” the exposed tooth root(s). Years ago, the only true way to repair receding gums was to perform a traditional connective tissue gum graft. Nowadays, we have a few different techniques that we can also use that are less invasive and painful for the patient. At Stanley Dentistry, we use the “No-Hole” technique as often as we can because it’s minimally invasive, has a high success rate, and is significantly less painful than other methods.

What is the “No-Hole” Technique?

Also known as the “Tunnel” technique, the No-Hole technique does not involve creating any kind of incision. Instead, the doctor uses a special set of tools to “tunnel” underneath the gum tissue, forcing it away from the tooth. This space between the tooth and gum tissue is very small but it’s just large enough for the doctor to place an allogenic dermal substitute (AlloDerm). Once the AlloDerm is in place, the doctor raises the gum tissue to cover the exposed root and sutures it into place.

The No-Hole technique allows the gum tissue to stay intact which improves vascularity (blood flow) around the area. Better blood flow means higher chances of a successful and esthetic outcome. This technique also grants the doctor the ability to correct gum recession on numerous teeth during one procedure. With traditional gum grafting methods, patients with extensive, full-mouth recession have to come in for numerous, lengthy procedures. The No-Hole technique needs just one quick procedure to produce long-lasting results.

Why the term “No-Hole”?

Dr. Robert Stanley coined the name “No-Hole” in reaction to the popular “Pin-Hole” technique. With Pin-Hole procedures, the doctor creates a small hole in the gums and uses an instrument to stretch the tissue before inserting a collagen matrix. The procedure can be successful for minor gum recession but it is very difficult to perform and the introduction of a hole in the gum tissue is unnecessary when the No-Hole technique works so well.

Why doesn’t every doctor use the No-Hole technique?

New dental techniques take a long time to catch on because they frequently require extensive training and experience to master. At Stanley Dentistry, our doctors are always signing up for new continuing education courses so they can stay abreast of current dental trends. This is how we’re able to offer procedures like the No-Hole technique at our office.

The No-Hole technique can be difficult to perform because it requires the doctor to work in a very small area (the pouch between tooth and gum). Dr. Robert Stanley has significant experience with the No-Hole technique and has performed the procedure successfully on countless patients.

How long does it take to heal?

Most patients experience pain during the first three to four days post-surgery. By their one or two-week post-op appointment, most patients are feeling little to no discomfort. We encourage patients to stick to soft foods for the first few days and to slowly introduce semi-solid foods into their diet as the site of the graft heals. By a month after surgery, patients are completely healed and pain-free.

Does the procedure hurt?

One of the main reasons why doctors began searching for alternatives to traditional grafting is because of the pain patients were experiencing. The No-Hole technique, unlike traditional grafting, is minimally invasive and heals quickly and easily. During the procedure, we use various kinds of sedation dentistry to keep the patient comfortable.

Where do I sign up?

Ready to get started on your treatment? Sign up for a complimentary consultation by calling (919) 460-9665 or requesting an appointment through our online portal.

use your dental insurance

Now’s the time

There are only a few months left in 2020 which means there’s a limited amount of time to use up all of your dental insurance benefits. The money you pay into your dental insurance plan does not roll over to the next year so if you neglect to use your benefits before January, you’re essentially throwing away your money. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what your dental insurance company wants you to do. If you don’t take advantage of your semi-annual cleanings, they get to pocket the money they would have given us to cover the cleaning. That’s money you already paid, lining the pockets of an insurance company instead of going towards keeping your teeth healthy.

How can I spend my insurance money?

Most dental insurance plans give you two cleanings a year (though a few only include one). The best way to get the “most bang for your buck” is to schedule and come in for both of those cleanings if you have them available. They’re quick, easy appointments and they’re the best way to keep your mouth healthy and prevent future dental problems.

Depending on your plan, you may have some other benefits available as well. There are plans that cover a certain number of cavities, root canals, and, in certain cases, even dental implants. Give us a call if you’re confused about your dental insurance coverage. We’ll give you a free assessment to see what sort of benefits you have left this year. Once you know, you’ll be able to get started on the treatment you need (before 2021!)

Schedule your cleaning online

We’ve made scheduling your six-month hygiene visits easier than ever. You can now choose the date and time of your cleaning without having to pick up the phone. Just click this link to head over to our secure scheduling portal.

maggy awards

Cary Magazine Presents the 2021 Maggy Awards

Every year, Cary Magazine recognizes some of the top businesses in the Triangle area with the prestigious Maggy Awards. The awards honor all kinds of businesses and business owners with categories like “Best Real-Estate Agent,” “Best Bakery,” and, of course, “Best Dentist.” Dr. Bobbi Stanley has won Best Dentist numerous years in a row and we hope to grab that esteemed title again in 2021! To do so, we need your help.

To vote for Dr. Bobbi Stanley, just click on this link, go to the third page of nominations, and go down to “Best Dentist.” It’s that simple! Make sure to write in nominations for some of your other favorite Triangle businesses. Voting for awards and writing Google reviews are great and easy ways to help small businesses. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but a few awards and five-star reviews can make a huge difference for an office like ours.

Why Stanley Dentistry?

At Stanley Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being one of the oldest family-owned dental offices in the Triangle. Dr. Bobbi Stanley opened the practice back in 1995 so we’ve been operating for twenty-five years. During those twenty-five years, Dr. Bobbi’s husband, Dr. Robert Stanley, decided to go to dental school as well and joined the practice as our surgeon and dental implantologist. Today, we also have Dr. David Baronowski along with two hygienists, a talented lineup of dental assistants, front desk staff, and a marketing team.

We’ve overcome everything from the 2008 recession to this year’s catastrophic COVID-19 shutdown and we always come back stronger than before. How do we do that? It’s all about our team and our patients. Everyone who works in our office, from the assistants to the doctors, is incredibly passionate about helping as many people as possible obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. We truly love helping people find their “smile confidence”. When you have that sort of pure passion, people tend to notice, which is how we’ve managed to create such an amazing patient base. Many of our patients have been with us since 1995 because they know the care we provide is unparalleled.

A lot of businesses use the saying “When you’re here, you’re family,” but at Stanley Dentistry, it’s more than just a saying. Our office is a solidified part of a Cary community. For us, this is home and the patients who come into our office every six months are our family. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay here and serve the Triangle for over two decades and we hope to continue to serve for as long as our team is able. Help our small business stick around by voting for Dr. Bobbi Stanley in the Maggy Awards! Just one vote goes a long way.

 

 

girl getting braces

Every year, millions of kids, teens, and adults go into braces or start clear aligner treatment. For a lot of those people, getting orthodontics doesn’t seem like much of a choice. Their dentist “recommends it” so they go through with it. Beyond aesthetic reasons, most orthodontic patients don’t really know why getting braces or Invisalign is so important. At Stanley Dentistry, we’re all about transparency when it comes to treatment which is why we try to explain to all of our patients that orthodontics isn’t just about getting straighter teeth — it’s also about a healthier mouth.

Braces will keep your teeth cleaner

When you’re wearing them, braces feel clunky and can make brushing and flossing more difficult. Frequently, after finishing orthodontic treatment, teens and adults have a few cavities in areas that they struggled to reach with their toothbrush. There are a few products that can help with keeping your pearly whites clean during braces treatment, but, no matter what you’re using to clean your teeth, the process will be more difficult with braces on.

The good news is, once you finish your braces treatment, it’ll be easier than ever to keep your teeth decay-free. Why? Straight, properly aligned teeth are significantly less likely to need fillings or root canals because there are fewer nooks and crannies available for plaque to accumulate. On misaligned teeth, your toothbrush struggles reach around all those jagged corners. Teeth that are overlapping each other are particularly hard to keep clean. Plaque grows, eventually creating decay which requires expensive — and sometimes extensive — dental treatment.

The best way to keep that from happening? Orthodontics. They may seem expensive at the time, but I promise you, they’ll save you money down the line.

A good bite is a game-changer

Misaligned teeth don’t just make for more cavities — they can also affect how you speak and chew. Your bite — which is how your top teeth meet your bottom teeth — is directly influenced by dental misalignment. If your teeth are crooked, your bite might not feel “even” — meaning your teeth don’t come together perfectly. This can cause difficulties with chewing, speaking, and general jaw alignment. In children, severe misalignment can sometimes cause a blocked airway at night (similar to sleep apnea in adults) because the jaw and neck are not in the correct position. Similar problems can also occur in adults. A few crooked teeth may seem like a small problem, but they can have a big impact on your overall health.

Misalignment can also lead to enamel loss (because the teeth are rubbing together in an abnormal way) which then leads to tooth sensitivity and pain.

Where do I start?

Wondering how to get started on orthodontic treatment? At our office, it begins with a consultation. We’ll go over the different orthodontic options we offer in the office, how much they cost, and which option is right for you. We have a few different financing options in our office to make getting orthodontics more affordable. If you’re in the Raleigh-Cary area, call (919) 460-9665 to set up an appointment. We’ll see you soon!

 

 

What is gum grafting?

“Hello everyone! Dr. Robert Stanley, Smile Engineer here. Today I want to talk to you about solutions for gum recession. If you’ve been diagnosed with having gums that are moving away from the tooth or your teeth are starting to look long, there are two main types of solutions that we can do [to fix it]. They’re both grafting solutions. The only difference is where the graft material comes from. The first option is to take graft material from somewhere else in the body. Typically, it comes from the roof of the mouth. We then simply move it to the area that needs it. And then we put it [the grafting material] on the roots of those exposed teeth so that they’re protected.

The second option, which sounds a whole lot better to most people, is an option where we actually open up a package and we take out an acellular dermal matrix. This basically just means that the material comes out of a bag. We hydrate it and then we place the grafting material over the defect. In both scenarios, we get great results but there is some clinical decision making that needs to be determined behind the scenes. Your doctor will take care of [those decisions] to make sure they are giving you the right solution for the right location in the mouth. Some of these solutions work better in certain areas than others.

Why do people get gum grafting done?

So, why do we do root coverage? If we have this lengthening of the tooth, why do we need to do any of these procedures? When you see longer teeth, and the gums are running away from the tooth, what you’re actually seeing underneath that is bone loss. We’re not just seeing the gums getting longer and running away from the tooth, but the bone underneath is melting away. If the bone melts away too much around a tooth, you can imagine that eventually that tooth would become loose and you might lose the tooth. So, the main reason why we’d want to do an intervention where we stop this from occurring (or we slow it down significantly) is to prevent the loss of the tooth long-term.

The second reason we would do it is for aesthetics. Say, for instance, when you smile you have this defect in your smile line. You see these really long teeth and you’re like, “I don’t want my teeth to be really long in this region — I want them to look like they were when I was younger.” That would be an aesthetic reason to get gum grafting done.”

gum grafting

Is gum grafting painful?

Gum grafting is considered an oral surgery since it involves some minor suturing, and, in certain cases, removal of gum tissue from another part of the mouth. For some people, that may sound a little scary but you can rest assured that, in our office, gum grafting is a routine procedure that our team has perfected. The type of sedation we use depends on the length of your specific procedure and your own desires. If you wish to not remember the surgery at all, we can use IV sedation. In other cases, we may just use a local anesthetic and an oral sedative. Post-procedure, most patients use over-the-counter painkillers to manage mild discomfort.

If you have dental anxiety, we recommend talking to your doctor about the different sedation options so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

Is gum grafting right for me?

Before we do any sort of procedure at Stanley Dentistry, we like to do a consultation first. During the consultation, we go over different treatment options and lay out all the finances. We’ll take a look at your teeth and gums to make sure you’re a good candidate for the surgery. If you are, we can set a date for the procedure.

Want to learn more about gum grafting before your consultation?

Still have some questions? You can learn more about gum grafting at Stanley Dentistry here. When you’re ready to schedule, just give us a call at (919) 460-9665. We’ll see you soon!

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