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Julie M. Gillis, DDS, PC

How Do I Know If I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

March 3, 2020

Filed under: Obstructive Sleep Apnea,Silent Nite or DreamTAP — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 12:23 pm

How Do I Know If I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Most people know if they snore because someone tells them that they do.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most severe sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD).  This is recognized as a major public health concern and the prevalence in the general population is increasing.  You will read very different estimates on the percentage of people with […]

How Do You Know If You Need a Night Guard?

February 25, 2020

Filed under: Night guard — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 4:24 pm

How Do You Know If You Need a Night Guard? You can see the wear in the teeth above if you look at the edges of the front teeth.  The two lower front teeth are worn enough that a line of dentin shows through on the top of the teeth.  This is not normal wear from chewing correctly!  Now, how do you know if you […]

Taking care of tooth colored fillings so they last!

January 21, 2020

Filed under: Composite fillings,Tooth Colored Fillings — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:04 pm

If you have had white fillings or tooth colored fillings on your teeth, you have probably had your teeth restored with a dental material called a composite.   These ‘white’ fillings or tooth colored fillings are not solid porcelain, in fact the resin matrix is like plastic.  Because of this, tooth colored fillings do require some special care to help these restorations last as long as […]

How to Choose the Best Dentist For You and Your Family

November 18, 2019

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 1:20 pm

What to Consider When Selecting a Dentist? How do you choose the best dentist for you and your family? This is a really good question! Should you look in the phone book?  (Do people still do this?) Should you do an online search? Should you ask your neighbors or friends? Should you call a couple offices for a price check? Should you try to visit […]

What Are the Dark Areas/Brown or Black Discolorations on My Gums?

November 17, 2019

Filed under: Customer Service,Esthetic Dentistry,Oral Cancer screening — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 3:19 am

First of all: What Are the Dark Areas/Black Patches/Discolorations on My Gums? You, or someone you know may have discolorations on the gums that look like the photo of our patient above. These areas shown here are melanotic macules or flat brown pigmented areas.  They are harmless and may have been present since birth.  Doctor are not exactly sure what causes these ‘freckle-like’ areas to […]

What Happens During a Periodontal Exam?

November 3, 2019

Filed under: Periodontal Disease,Periodontal Treatment or Therapy — Dr Julie Gillis @ 5:12 pm

What Happens During a Periodontal Exam? What happens during a Periodontal Exam should be pretty standard in dental offices.  First of all you should know that a periodontal exam means an evaluation of the supporting structures of the teeth including the gums and jawbone.  This type of examination is usually done as part of a complete exam by your dentist.  A Periodontal Exam may also […]

“Can’t you just do a new filling instead of a crown?”

October 29, 2019

“Can’t you just do a new filling, doc?” Dentistry seems so expensive!  Especially when your dentist tells you that your tooth needs a crown.  Is this really necessary?  As part of a dental examination, a good dentist will look at every tooth in your mouth and study the edges of all of your previous restorations or fillings.  You may not think anything is really wrong […]

How Do You Know If You Have Bone Loss and Periodontal Disease?

August 12, 2019

Filed under: Periodontal Disease,Preventive Dentistry — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 12:10 pm

How do you know if you have bone loss and periodontal disease?  This is a good question because periodontal disease is not usually painful! You may know that you have had bone loss around your teeth if they start to feel loose.  A good dentist will always tell you if you have periodontal disease and the best way to manage this disease. Bone loss will […]

What Can Be Done About Brown or Black Areas on the Gums?

August 2, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Laser Treatments,Gum Surgery,Mouth — Tags: , , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:12 am

You, or someone you know may have discolorations on the gums that look like the photo of our patient above. The areas shown here are melanotic macules or flat brown or black pigmented areas.  They are harmless and may have been present since birth.  Doctors are not exactly sure what causes these ‘freckle-like’ areas to occur.  Some people develop areas like this later in life.  […]

How our office is using Perio Protect Perio Trays

June 19, 2019

This blog describes how our office is using Perio Trays.  We are loving the results! If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, there are many options for treatment.  This is great because we are not all alike and finding the right treatment can mean the difference between success – saving our teeth and gums or failure – losing your teeth and gums and jaw bone!  […]