News from Dr. Sazima
January 17, 2018
Category: Gum Disease
Tags: Gum Grafting  

Gum grafting is a type of periodontal therapy for replacing gum tissue that has deteriorated. Gums that have receded due to periodontal gum graftingdisease, also known as gum disease, injury, or some other oral health condition, leave teeth vulnerable as their roots become exposed. Gum grafting is a technique for replacing gum tissue, thereby protecting teeth and their roots. At Westlake Periodontics, Dr. Scott Sazima is your dentist for gum grafting in Westlake, OH.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting involves adding new gum tissue to areas in the mouth where gum tissue has been lost. In some cases, when there is sufficient healthy gum tissue in other areas of the mouth, some of that tissue can be removed and placed in areas where gum tissue is missing. In other cases when it is not possible to extract gum tissue from another area of the mouth, donor tissue that has been processed in a lab can be used to replace missing gum tissue. In Westlake, gum grafting can be performed by Dr. Sazima at Westlake Periodontics.

Gum grafting is an out-patient procedure performed in your dentist’s office. Patients are usually given a local anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. Patients experiencing a high level of anxiety might require sedation. During the procedure, the dentist positions the replacement gum tissue in the target area and secures it with sutures or surgical adhesives. Patients recover at home following the procedure and can resume most normal activities within 24 hours, although it usually takes a few weeks for the mouth to fully heal from the procedure.

The loss of gum tissue due to periodontal disease, oral injury, or another cause, can leave the roots of teeth exposed and vulnerable to damage and decay. Gum grafting is a procedure for replacing missing gum tissue and protecting exposed tooth roots. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sazima, your Westlake, OH dentist, call Westlake Periodontics at (440) 835-4600.

November 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Missing teeth make eating difficult and smiling uncomfortable. A space in your smile can even cause shifting of your other teeth, putting dental implantsthem at risk for loss as well. At Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH, Dr. Scott Sazima recommends dental implants for his patients who want an affordable and reliable way to replace their missing teeth and maintain their dental health. Here you'll learn about what a dental implant is and how it can make your smile - and your life - better than ever!

What are dental implants?

Dental implants from your Westlake dentist are an affordable way to permanently restore your smile. The implanted portion is the post, which during an in-office procedure Dr. Sazima places in your jawbone where your natural tooth once was. The implant heals to become part of the jawbone where it resides, giving the rest of the implant - the abutment and crown - the support it needs to remain stable.

How can dental implants help me?

You may know someone who has one or more dental implants and you don't even realize it. That's because they're made to be the most attractive and maintenance-free dental restoration available. Their porcelain crowns are expertly shaped, painted and polished to look exactly like a natural tooth, and your Westlake dentist will make sure that your affordable dental implants match perfectly with the shade of your natural teeth. Beyond appearance, dental implants also help maintain your overall dental health. The entire structure, from post to crown, acts as a support for the teeth that surround it, keeping them stable for many years to come. In fact, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.

The benefits of dental implants cannot be overstated. To get started on your journal to a completely beautiful smile, contact Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH to discuss our affordable dental implants with Dr. Sazima.

October 10, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Summary and Comment from Womens Health September 15, 2017

Anna Wald, MD, MPH  reviewing Nwizu NN et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2017 Aug. 

Postmenopausal women with periodontal disease had excess risk for cancer of the breast, lung, esophagus, and gallbladder and for melanoma.

Periodontal diease has been linked to adverse reproductive outcomes in women, and some studies also suggest an increased risk for cancer. Investigators for the Womens Health Inititave Observational Study examined rates of incident cancer in >65,000 women (mean age, 68:85% white) who were asked about periodontal disease at baseline and followed for a mean of 8 years.

Risk for developing any cancer was 14% higher among women with periodontal disease than among those without gum disease. Statistically exess risks were also noted for cancer of the breast (13%), lung (31%), esophagus (>200%), and gallbladder (73%), and for melanoma (23%). Results were similar regardless of smoking status.



Its unclear wether the association between periodontal disease and oncogenesis is casual. However, some studies have shown bacteria associated with periodontitis in tumors or distal tissues such as lymph nodes, and the strikingly high risk for esophageal cancer is consistent with tracing of periodontal pathogens to the gut. Perio dontal disease is also indicative of a systemic proinflammatory state that msy contribute to risk for preterm birth, although treatment of periodontal disease during pregnancy does not abrogate this increased risk (NEJMJW Womens Health Apr 2010 and Am J Obstet Gynecol 2010; 202:147 .e1). Whether treating periodontal disease will lower the increased risk for malignancy is unknown. I find a careful examination of the mouth helpful, as it tells me about the general health of the patient- and it may precipitate referral for dental care. Now, I will also think about the patients risk for cancer.

September 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Find out the many scenarios in which oral surgery may be the best option for you.oral surgery

While no one likes having to think about getting surgery, it might just end up being the best way to maintain good oral health. From the office of our Westlake, OH, periodontist Dr. Scott Sazima, find out the many issues that arise that may only respond most effectively to oral surgery.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

This is one of the most common reasons a healthy individual might otherwise need oral surgery. Most of the time this third and final set of molars (which often erupt around your late teens or early 20s) causes more issues than it’s worth. No one needs their wisdom teeth; however, keeping wisdom teeth when they should be removed could increase your chances of damaging other neighboring teeth, decay, gum disease and infection.

Tooth Loss

Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, if you choose to get a long-term replacement like a dental implant then you will need to undergo minor surgery so that our Westlake, OH, oral surgeon can place the implant into the jawbone, where it will naturally fuse together with bone and tissue to become a permanent replacement. Of course, before you get implants we will need to make sure that you are healthy enough for this treatment. If not enough jawbone is present to support the dental implant, a bone graft may be needed.

TMJ Disorder

While many people who experience symptoms of TMJ disorder will often notice that their jaw pain and stiffness (among other symptoms) will go away on their own with easy, conservative care, not everyone is as fortunate. If TMJ disorder is due to a severe jaw or bite misalignment then the best way to repair the problem is through jaw surgery. This surgery will properly align the jaws to prevent TMJ-related symptoms from occurring in the future.

Severely Fractured Tooth

Teeth that are chipped and cracked or even decayed can often be treated and then covered with a filling or crown to protect it. Of course, there are some instances in which the damage is so severe that it affects the integrity of the tooth. This is often the case if you have a fracture that goes below the gumline. When this happens the tooth is no longer viable and will need to be replaced.

Whether you have questions about your upcoming dental surgery in Westlake, OH, or you need to find out if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, don’t hesitate to call Westlake Periodontics today. We are here to put your mind at ease.

July 19, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Everybody prioritizes their oral hygiene, yet many of our patients throughout Northeast, OH are generally not familiar with what exists under the gum line. Even though teeth appear small, they are considerably bigger than people imagine. In cases where gum disease starts, regular cleanings are not enough to completely bring back your teeth and gums back to a healthy state. Once your gum tissues develop inflammation from periodontal disease, deep cleanings become vital.

Deep Cleanings Periodontitis Northeast Ohio

Our practice are frequently asked, "What does a deep cleaning involve?" A deep teeth cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing. Scaling scrapes away tartar and bacterial build up that could be attached beneath the gum line on the roots and within the pockets of gum tissue surrounding the roots. Root planing smoothes the roots of bumpy areas in which microbes and bacteria thrive if not dealt with. This particular process helps your gum tissues to regenerate and make it possible for your gum pockets to decrease. Antimicrobial drugs may also be delivered below the gum line in order to further assist the healing process. The deep cleaning program in most cases involves 2-4 appointments, and requires a local anesthetic ("numbing") for treatment.

Periodontal disease is not curable and is a systemic disease, much like diabetes or hypertension. This makes deep cleanings extremely important if one want to preserve good oral health. Gum disease is oftentimes a "silent disease" as well, since a large number of patients do not have any noticeable pain or symptoms. Gum disease attacks the structure of the tooth and diminishes the bone, roots and gum structure. In the event that the tartar and bacteria are amassing under the gum line, it can cause tooth mobility and loss. If not properly handled, mouth bacteria can have an effect on your whole entire body, not just the gums and teeth. After the initial disease process is managed by using the deep cleanings, it is necessary to get regular follow-up cleanings to stop future irritation and bone loss around the teeth. The purpose of deep cleanings is to stop the active disease, preserve the oral health, and maintain enhanced oral and general health.

To learn more on root planing and scaling, check out Oral-B's website. To learn more on how you can prevent periodontal disease, contact our office or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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