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Frequently Asked Questions

If you believe you may have periodontal disease, or another related condition, you may have a lot of questions. Larry A. Johnson, DDS, PC is here to help. We can diagnose and treat the problem at our offices in Sturbridge, MA and Danielson, CT.

We encourage you to look through some of our frequently asked questions, and see if they can help you.

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What Are the Consequences of Missing Teeth?

There are several negative consequences of missing some or all of your teeth. First, missing teeth will affect the esthetics of your face. Not only will your smile be affected by the gaps from missing teeth, but if you’re missing too many teeth, the skin around your mouth won’t be supported properly and will start to sag, making you appear older than you are. Additionally, missing teeth will make it more difficult to chew your food properly and may even affect the way you speak. Finally missing even one tooth may have emotional consequences; many people feel less confident about their smile when they are missing teeth. If you are currently missing any of your teeth, consider replacing them with dental implants.

Is There a Way to Improve My Smile?

Yes, there may be a way to enhance your smile. It’s a good idea to discuss your options with Dr. Johnson first. He can explain the best way to create the smile you want, as well as answer any questions that you may have. For example, one procedure that can remove excess gum tissue is called crown lengthening. After the excess gum tissue is removed, the gumline is then reshaped in order to create the right proportion between gum tissue and tooth surface. Your general dentist and Dr. Johnson may also work together to coordinate additional treatments such as veneers or crowns.

Is Periodontal Disease Contagious?

Research has shown that periodontal disease is caused by the inflammatory reaction to bacteria under the gums, so periodontal disease technically may not be contagious. However, the bacteria that cause the inflammatory reaction can be spread through saliva. This means that if one of your family members has periodontal disease, it’s a good idea to avoid contact with their saliva by not sharing eating utensils or oral health equipment.

I Was Recently Diagnosed With Periodontal Disease. How Often Should I See a Periodontist for an Examination?

Regular examinations are very important to keep track of the present status of your disease and any disease progression over time. Dr. Johnson will work with you to create a maintenance schedule depending on how advanced your periodontal disease is at that time. Dr. Johnson may recommend exams every six months for mild periodontal disease or every few months for more advanced stages.

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?

Several research studies have indicated that heart disease and gum disease may be linked and researchers suspect that inflammation may be the basis behind this relationship. If you are at risk for heart disease, it is a good idea to mention this to Dr. Johnson, since gum disease may increase this risk.

What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Periodontal Disease?

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to take good care of your teeth and gums at home. This includes brushing your teeth after every meal and before bedtime, flossing at least once each day, and seeing your dentist or Dr. Johnson for regular exams twice a year. Spending a few minutes a day on preventative measures may save you the time and money of treating periodontal disease!

Is There Any Financial Assistance For Periodontal Treatments?

Dr. Johnson is willing to work with you regarding financial arrangements. Learn more about payment options.

What Are Common Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is often silent, meaning symptoms, particularly pain, may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. However, you should still be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms, which include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or when eating certain foods
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth.
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Other Than Diagnose & Treat Gum Disease, What Else Are Periodontists Trained to Do?

Dr. Johnson spends the majority of his time diagnosing and treating gum disease, but there are a variety of other procedures that he is able to perform. He can place dental implants when natural teeth cannot be saved. Dr. Johnson may also correct gum recession and cover up exposed root surfaces which can be unsightly as well as sensitive to hot and cold. These procedures are often used to lay the foundation for additional cosmetic procedures to help create a beautiful smile. Finally Dr. Johnson can be integral in the comprehensive planning of your oral care, along with your general dentist or other health professional.

Can Children Be at Risk for Developing Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is rarely found in children, and only sometimes found in adolescents. However, children should still learn the importance of keeping their teeth and gums healthy to prevent periodontal disease in the future. Children should brush their teeth twice a day and learn how to floss properly. If children learn how to floss at an early age, they will be more likely to make it a lifetime habit. These two simple acts will help protect their teeth and gums from periodontal disease.

If you would like to request an appointment, please contact us today!

Sturbridge, MA Location

69 Hall Road Suite 2

Sturbridge, MA 01566

Phone: 508-347-2673
Fax: 508-347-5085

Hours:
Monday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: Closed

We request 48 hours notice for all cancellations

Danielson, CT Location

25 Green Hollow Road

Danielson, CT 06239

Phone: 860-779-0374
Fax: 860-779-0376

Hours:
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

We request 48 hours notice for all cancellations