Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, affects the bone and supporting tissues around the tooth.  Gum disease is caused by a combination of infection and inflammation that starts from accumulations of bacteria around the tooth.  These destructive microscopic bacteria, if not properly removed from the tooth daily, will accumulate to form large hard bio-films often called tartar or calculus. These accumulations will eventually cause inflammation, bleeding gums, bone loss, tooth loss and contribute to a host of systemic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

In the photos below you can see the white hard calculus accumulations around the neck of the tooth. Notice how clean and healthy the teeth and gums look immediately following the cleaning. Notice how the gums are not bleeding, inflammed or damaged because the procedure was properly performed. 

Many patients avoid routine cleanings because they have had painful and aggressive procedures in the past.  It is our goal to show every patient that a properly performed cleaning should not be painful or cause damage to the gums.  Our team of highly trained and compassionate dental hygienists go to every measure to ensure our patient’s comfort. If you have been avoiding your cleaning because you’re afraid it may hurt or your’re embarrassed because it has been so long since your last cleaning, call and talk with one of our dedicated hygienist today.  We can get you back on track to a healthy and beautiful smile.

Work completed in top photos by Heather Nygard, registered dental hygienist.

Work completed in the bottom photos by Paula Smith, registered dental hygienist.

Working At The Car Wash

Over the past weekend Saratoga Springs Dentists donated the use of it’s facility to help
raise money for Saratoga Springs High School Varsity Girls Volleyball team.The car wash fundraiser was very successful. The girls worked hard and we wish them the best in the upcoming season! All our offices recognize the importance of being a vital and involved member of the community.

New York State of Mind

We are proud to introduce Dr. Joseph Denning and Dr. Laura Johnstone to our practices!

Native New Yorkers, Dr. Denning and Dr. Johnstone have completed their education and training in the some of the finest programs in our state.  Dr. Denning and Dr. Johnstone share our dedication to compassionate and comprehensive dental care.  In addition, each possess unique skills to help serve our patients.  If you are looking for a fresh new approach to your dental care don’t hesitate to call and schedule a comprehensive examination today.

Not Just An Innocent Fracture

Nobody enjoys having dental work done. During check-ups, we are all very happy to hear the dentist say, “Let’s just watch that.” However, often prolonging treatment can lead to larger and more costly problems. Below are two examples of innocent looking fracture lines that were pathways for large decay. In both cases, by treating proactively we were able to remove the decay and restore with a conservative composite or bonded restoration. Sometimes “just watching it” is to just watch it get bigger and more expensive. Minimally invasive dentistry is always our goal at all our locations.

Example #1:

Example #2:

All photos published to this blog are actual patients of Saratoga Springs Dentists. These cases were completed by Dr. Gregory P. Dodd.