Is a Bone Graft the Answer to Your Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one cause of bone loss in the mouth. If you are experiencing gum disease, you can have chronic bacterial infections that impact your gum tissue as well as the supportive bone material underneath. Once plaque (the sticky bacterial film in the mouth) reaches beneath the gum line, it creates... Read more »

Gingival Flap Surgery Can Correct Severe Gum Recession

A habit of poor oral hygiene often leads to dangerous amounts of tartar on your gum line, which is a common cause of gum disease. This periodontal infection needs to be treated early on to reduce inflammation before it causes your gums to recede from the teeth and create harmful oral health conditions including tooth... Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing... Read more »

Taking Steps Against Periodontal Disease

What can you do to avoid periodontal disease and the increased risks to your health? Here are some answers for you: Step 1. At-home Care This part is simple and easy to follow. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It is optimal to... Read more »

Gum Disease: Age and Gender

While everyone is vulnerable to gum disease–men, women, and children–research has shown that men tend to have a higher risk of gum disease. Why? Perhaps because they are not seeing a dentist regularly or are not as consistent with good oral hygiene habits. Let’s take a closer look at periodontitis in men, women, and children.... Read more »

Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Your periodontist, Dr. Rafla, strongly encourages you to floss your teeth at least once a day as part of a top-notch oral hygiene routine. Flossing is very important for your smile and oral health. Do you ever wonder why? Well, our team is happy to tell you why. There are many reasons why you should… Read more »

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is one of the most prevalent health problems in America. Ironically, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. However, if you get lazy about your oral health, you increase your risk of suffering from this disease. Today, we’re going to take a deeper look at gum disease. We’ll go over what it… Read more »

Scaling and Root Planing – What are They?

Do you know what it means to have your teeth planed and scaled? If not, don’t worry – not many people have that knowledge readily available. There are a lot of different dental procedures that can only be performed at a dentist’s office, and scaling and root planing are some of them. These are critical… Read more »

The Purpose of Sinus Lift Procedures

Our team at Akram E. Rafla, DMD, PC helps patients achieve stronger, healthier smile through a variety of procedures for oral and maxillofacial treatment, and this includes providing sinus lifts for bone health. Sinus lifts are performed to increase bone density in the upper jaw around the molars and premolars, usually to support dental implants…. Read more »

Saving Your Smile: Periodontics

As important as it is to continue to care for your teeth, it is equally as important to make sure your gums are taken care of as well. Because your gums are the supporting structures of your smile, if for any reason they should become damaged, they will not be able to hold and support… Read more »