Implant and Periodontics Blog

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Good Nutrition Leads to Healthy Mouths

Jina Alcobia

ApllesAt Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue, we know the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay and periodontal disease (or gum disease), and both are among the easiest to prevent. One of the most common ways we recommend to boost your oral health is by improving your diet, because you (and your mouth) truly are what you eat. A healthy diet can lead to a healthy mouth and body, while an unhealthy diet can lead to the exact opposite.


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What are dental crowns?

Jina Alcobia

Double SmilesA dental crown is often called a “cap.” A dental crown covers all of the visible parts of the tooth and has many functions and reasons for placement.


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You broke your tooth - now what?

Jina Alcobia

Broken ToothYou may have bitten down on a hard food or object, or perhaps you had a cavity that weakened your tooth. Either way, your tooth is now broken, and the steps you take to care for it will determine whether you get to keep your natural tooth or not. Millions of people suffer from broken teeth every year, so you are not alone. However, that does not mean your newly cracked tooth does not need immediate attention.


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Easing Your Allergies with Latex-Free Dentistry

Jina Alcobia

Dental OperationImagine this scenario: you go to the dentist to have a cavity filled, and an hour after the procedure you have a runny nose, scratchy throat, and your arms are breaking out in blotchy, red hives. In other words, you’re in worse shape after the visit to the dentist than you were before you walked in to have the cavity fixed. If you experience any of these types of symptoms or side effects, chances are you have a latex allergy.


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Treating Gum Recession with Tissue Grafting

Jina Alcobia

DocsOne of the concerns we sometimes hear at Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue is, “My gums just don’t look the same they once did. What is causing this?”

Our gums recede for a number of reasons. These include aggressive tooth brushing or the presence of periodontal disease, a bacteria-induced, inflammatory chronic condition that attacks gum tissue and the bone supporting the teeth. While you may not be able to control what is causing or has caused the recession, Dr. Thomas Sweeney and Dr. Neal Raval and our team at Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue can help detect the factors contributing to the problem.


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HPV and Oral Cancer

Jina Alcobia

Girl SmilingHuman papillomavirus, or HPV, is best known as a sexually transmitted infection. In the United States, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease, with 79 million Americans currently infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to increasing risk for cervical cancer, HPV is a contributing factor in some cases of oral cancer. Each year an estimated 1,700 women and 6,700 men develop oropharyngeal cancer, which affects the tongue and throat.


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How Crown Lengthening Can Improve Your Smile

Jina Alcobia

Double SmilesCrown lengthening, also known as a gum lift, is generally performed by Dr. Thomas Sweeney and Dr. Neal Raval in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. For instance, if you’re bothered by a “gummy” smile or teeth that you feel are too small, crown lengthening can be a great option.


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Why Visiting the Emergency Room for Your Dental Problem isn't a Good Idea

Jina Alcobia

Painful TeethEmergency rooms are for emergencies, so before you head to the hospital because of a dental problem, you need to ask yourself this question: Is what you're experiencing really a medical emergency? While emergency room visits for dental related issues are on the rise across the United States , they’re not necessarily the best solution for every problem. Many people don't know about emergency dental care services, many of which are available 24/7, and so they go to the ER.


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Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Jina Alcobia

Minimally Invasive DentistryAs the field of dentistry advances and the use of technology in the field increases, the concept of minimally invasive dentistry has emerged. Preservation of a healthy set of natural teeth for each patient should be the objective of every dentist. Minimally invasive dentistry is characterized by the following core beliefs:


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Fluorosis: What is it?

Jina Alcobia

BrushingMany people think dental fluorosis is a disease, but it’s not; it’s a condition that affects the appearance of your tooth’s enamel, not the function or health of the teeth. These changes may vary from tiny, white, barely noticeable spots to very noticeable staining, discoloration, and brown markings. The spots and stains left by fluorosis are permanent and may darken over time.


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