PATIENT EDUCATION INFORMATION

Dr. CudeGum Disease

Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. At each regular checkup the dentist will measure the depth of the shallow v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your tooth and gums to identify whether you have gum disease... read more here: GUM_DISEASE.pdf

 

Peridontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infectious process classified according to how much damage has been done to the structure surrounding the teeth, namely the gingiva (gums) and bone.  It is an infection in your mouth.  It can happen anytime, around any teeth, affecting some or many of your teeth to varying degrees.  There are genetic predisposing factors to periodontal disease, and our immune systems play a role in gum health, but it is usually related to how well you are able to keep your teeth clean through proper oral self-care.  The better you clean your teeth to remove all the plaque bacteria, the less likely you will be to develop periodontal disease...read more here: Periodontal_Disease.pdf

 

Porcelain and Resin Veneers: Bonding 

When people speak of bonding their teeth to make them look better they are usually referring to either porcelain or resin veneers.  Veneers cover only the outside portion of the tooth, the part that shows when you smile or talk.  In fact, all tooth-colored dental restorative materials are bonded, whether the restoration is in a front tooth or a back tooth.  Strictly speaking, in dentistry, bonding refers only to adhesive joining of two dissimilar materials.  Silver fillings can be bonded, as can crowns (caps)... read more here: Porcelain_and_Resin_Veneers.pdf


Occlusal Guard/ Bite Guard

The appliance constructed to eliminate or reduce the adverse effects of a bruxing and/or grinding habit(s) is made of a rigid plastic.  It is custom-made to fit your mouth exactly.  It will take two visits to complete.  It can only be inserted one way; it will not stay in place if it is inserted improperly.  At the first visit we will make impressions of your upper and lower teeth and record the Occlusal (bite) relation of your jaws... read more here: Occlusal_Guard.pdf


Post-Operative Instructions Following Scaling and Root Planing

Instructions following Scaling and Root Planing... read more here: Post-Op.pdf


Post Extraction

Information following a tooth extraction... read more here: Post_Extraction.pdf


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