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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."
Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one.
Cost Of A Nightguard
Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000.
Call Our Dental Office To Learn More
The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.
The fact is, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing gum disease and losing teeth. This does not, however, mean that this is inevitable!
Infections, including gum disease, cause rises in blood sugar, which can make it more difficult to control diabetes. If you have diabetes, it’s important to let your dentist know.
To help prevent problems from developing, brush and floss your teeth vigilantly and maintain a healthy diet. Give our team a call for a dental cleaning and exam.
Anyone can get gum disease (periodontal disease) at any age. Some of the common signs that you may be a candidate are bleeding gums, bad breath, or a red, puffy look to your gums. If you have any of these symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible.
So what can you do to avoid gum disease? First and foremost, daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining the health of your gums. Second, making sure that you have an adequate amount of vitamin C is important – at least 500 mg/day. Stress can also contribute to periodontal problems. Making sure that you follow the tenets of a healthy lifestyle, i.e. proper rest, diet, excellent home dental care, and exercise will help you to maintain your overall health – including that of your gums!
Your Pike Creek dentist can help! Call Dr. Mark C. Gladnick and his dedicated, experienced team to start gum disease treatment.
If your gums are infected, it is necessary to treat the infection first by carefully removing the bacteria, calculus, and toxins that have accumulated below the gumline and on the root surface. Without this root planing treatment, the infection will worsen, destroying the bone that anchors the teeth.
This procedure can be done painlessly, and the reward – healthy gums – is definitely worth it! Once your infection has been treated, your dentist or hygienist can do a better job cleaning your teeth. Periodic evaluations (every 3-4 months) will maintain healthy gums.
Our Wilmington dental team can help! Give Dr. Mark Gladnick a call to see if your symptoms are gum disease.