Dental health is too often overlooked by many people. Brushing and flossing daily are essential to preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease but it can only do so much. Regular dental visits can help identify the presence of any dental concerns and biannual dental cleanings can get rid of stubborn plaque buildup that leads to such concerns and conditions. But gum disease can still strike and affects up to 75% of adults today. Here at our Homestead dental office, Dr. Robert Cuckler, DDS can help.
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Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. It has been shown to be the cause 70% of tooth loss in adults. This particular condition involves the loss of bone that supports the roots of your teeth. This loss is often caused by bad bacteria, or plaque, that builds up around the gumline. This buildup at the gumline can cause pockets to form in the gum tissue. When these pockets become deep enough they can begin to severely damage the bone there. The bacteria in plaque eat away at the tooth enamel due to an acidic reaction that occurs when it comes into contact with sugary or starchy foods. If you have gum disease or believe you show signs of this condition, then feel free to set up an appointment with Dr. Robert Cuckler, DDS here at our Homestead dental office today. First, Dr. Cuckler will perform a preliminary exam where he will thoroughly examine your mouth and assess your specific needs. You may exhibit signs of an earlier stage of periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis, which is treated with one or two regular cleanings before you should be back to normal. If your condition is more advanced, then scaling or root planing may be prescribed instead. Those who have even more severe cases of periodontal disease may need to have their pockets reduced in order to lessen the decay of the teeth and surrounding structures.
Brushing, flossing, and eating well are great ways to stave off gum disease, but regular cleanings help immensely as well. Robert Cuckler, DDS can help remove some of the more stubborn plaque and remove any buildup from more hard to reach places. Biannual cleanings at our Homestead dental office can significantly reduce your chances of developing any conditions and can help you make sure that your smile stays healthy.
A dental crown is essentially a hollow cap that fits over a tooth that has suffered decay or has been damaged. The crown strengthens the tooth and improves its overall appearance. It is a painless procedure that can take up to 45 minutes to complete. With a bridge, your Homestead general dentist measures for crowns to be placed on either side of the space that has a missing tooth and places a false tooth between the two crowns. A bridge usually requires two visits. The first visit typically requires preparation of the teeth when your dentist covers them with temporary crowns. The bridge is often placed on the second visit. If a third appointment is necessary, the dentist may make a minor adjustment of the crown to be sure the patient is comfortable.
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Dr. Robert Cuckler, your Homestead cosmetic dentist, is proficient in the use of crowns and bridges. For more than 30 years he has been meeting the dental needs of the Homestead community with the highest quality dental care. If your teeth are decayed and look damaged, you may want to consider ceramic crowns or bridges to give yourself a fresh and natural look. Dr. Cuckler will determine if you are a good candidate for a crown or a bridge when he conducts a comprehensive examination and determines the best treatment for you.
If you do opt for a crown or a bridge and have the procedure done, your Homestead cosmetic dentist, Robert Cuckler, DDS, will instruct you on how to care for your crown or bridge. They are durable for years if given the right care. Improve the appearance of your teeth. Ask Dr. Cuckler for an evaluation and get a new lease on life.