By keeping your oral health in optimal condition, you may help prevent coronary artery disease or even stroke. Research has shown links between the bacteria in gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, memory loss, and even preterm low birth weight babies.
ONGOING CARE TO MINIMIZE OR PREVENT PROBLEMS
- Oral wellness creates smiles that last a lifetime.
To protect your smile and avoid costly repairs, thorough examination, careful cleaning, and home care instruction are incorporated into your regular care visits. If risk factors are present, a customized treatment program will be developed to help restore your mouth to a healthy state.
For a smile that looks as good as it feels, hygiene appointments include:
- Thorough cleaning & flossing
- Full-mouth dental and periodontal exam
- Oral cancer screening (click here to learn more about ViziLite Plus Oral Cancer Screening)
- Periodic X-rays to detect decay, bone loss, or tumors (click here to learn more about digital radiography)
- Individual care consultation
Dr. Rich offers a simple DNA test using saliva to determine the specific type and quantity of disease-causing bacteria to your mouth. These tests are for anyone with or without symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Symptoms include bleeding gums, bad breath, or red and tender gums. Other indications for this test are pretreatment clearance for extensive dental procedures and pre-surgical clearance for heart surgery, joint replacements, etc.
A genetic susceptibility test is also available, called MyPerioID PST® that reveals if your genetic makeup puts you at greater risk for developing gum tissue infections. This test gives better insight into how one's immune system will respond to the presence of harmful bacteria.
The tests are performed by swishing a small amount of saline in the mouth and the saliva sample is sent to OralDNA Labs for processing. The lab report identifies harmful bacteria associated with gum infections. This helps Dr. Rich develop a more effective treatment plan, enabling them to treat the source of the infection rather than just the symptoms. The therapy reduces one's bacterial risk for disease progression. As with most diseases, earlier and more targeted treatment can help stop periodontal disease before irreversible damage occurs.
An estimated 75% of Americans over age 35 have some form of periodontal disease. Research has shown the Perio / Systemic connection and the link between chronic periodontal infections and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer.
Periodontal Therapy (Gum treatment)
Sore, bleeding gums indicate the beginning of Periodontal Disease. If left untreated, discomfort, bad breath, and eventual tooth loss will result. Extensive research has detected a link between gum disease and heart disease, premature babies, stroke, and diabetes. If indication of gum disease exists, Dr. Rich offers non-surgical treatment for various stages of gum disease.
SMILE ENHANCEMENT & ALIGNMENT
- A flattering smile enhances appearance and confidence.
Combined with today's materials and dental technology, Dr. Rich uses advanced skills to create flattering smiles with natural appeal. Teeth that are discolored, chipped, cracked, or misaligned can often be repaired in just one appointment. Recommendations may include one or a combination of techniques.
COSMETIC DENTURES - Yes even people who have lost teeth can have a Beautiful Smile. Dr. Rich uses the best Cosmetic Procedures and Dental Lab support to create Beautiful Smiles with or without Dental Implants. (Click here to visit a Before and After Gallery)
TOOTH REPAIR & REPLACEMENT
- Speak, chew, and laugh with total confidence.
At Riverside Dental Arts, Dr. Gabe Rich provides comprehensive dental care to help you achieve a confident, beautiful, healthy smile throughout your lifetime. Treatment options for the optimal function of teeth may include...
- Crown & Bridge combinations recreate an exceptionally natural look and feel.
- Dental Implants replace missing teeth with stability and a natural feel. (click here to learn more about Dental Implants)
- Full & Precision-fitted Partial Dentures provide a secure fit with comfort.
Many adults as well as children are becoming involved in a variety of sports activities. They are becoming aware of the importance of mouth protection to prevent damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw. We encourage all athletes and "weekend warriors" to wear a mouth guard. We would be happy to custom fit a mouth guard for you and your teammates.
Please call to find out more about our sports dentistry services. Highly committed to the care of professional and non-professional athletes, Dr. Rich has worked with a number of Sports Directors throughout the Carolinas. Dr. Rich has also been Team Dentist to the Carolina Hurricanes and Carolina Ballet and involved in the smile protection and care of the Carolina Cobras, Raleigh Wings and Raleigh Youth Hockey.
click here to read Dr. Rich's interview in ESPN Magazine on "Treating NHL Teeth."
Endodontics (Root Canals)
A root canal is generally performed to clean the chamber of an infected tooth root, which often prevents removal of the tooth. Today's root canals are greatly improved and far from the procedures of their past reputation! Dr. Rich has advanced training to provide you with endodontic therapy with optimal comfort in minimal treatment time while providing a positive experience.