Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, can have a devastating effect on your smile if it isn't diagnosed and treated promptly. Luckily, familiarizing yourself with common gum disease signs and symptoms can help you ensure that you receive the care you need. Your San Diego, CA, periodontist, Dr. Joseph Yang of San Diego Dental Implant Center, offers treatments that help his patients protect their smiles.
How can I tell if I have gum disease?
Signs of periodontal disease can be subtle, particularly in the early stages of the disease. If you have gum disease, you may notice:
- Blood on Your Toothbrush: Bleeding is not a normal part of brushing your teeth. If your brush looks pink or red after your brush, your gums are irritated and inflamed. Bleeding when brushing can be a sign of gingivitis, the earliest phase of gum disease.
- Mouthwash Doesn't Help Your Bad Breath: When frequent brushing and plenty of mouthwash doesn't improve your breath, gum disease may be to blame. The odor may occur due to an increase in bacteria in your mouth.
- Your Gums Look and Feel Different: Periodontal disease can cause your gums to redden and swell. Even slight pressure from your finger can cause pain if you have gum disease.
- It Hurts to Chew: Chewing can be painful when your gums are inflamed and swollen.
- Your Teeth or Dentures Are Loose: In advanced gum disease, bacteria can damage your gums, ligaments and jawbone, which may loosen teeth or affect the fit of dentures.
- Your Gums Aren't Firmly Attached to Your Teeth: The bacterial infection can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth forming deep pockets if you have severe gum disease. If the disease isn't treated successfully, you may lose teeth.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Improved oral hygiene habits and a thorough dental cleaning may improve the health of your gums if you have gingivitis. A deep cleaning that removes plaque, tartar and bacteria above and below the gum line may be needed if the disease is more advanced. If you have severe gum disease, your San Diego periodontist may recommend surgery to eliminate pockets, bone grafts to replace lost bone, or soft tissue grafts to restore gum tissue.
Have you noticed any signs of gum disease? If you have, call your San Diego, CA, periodontist, Dr. Joseph Yang of San Diego Dental Implant Center, at (858) 578-2205 to schedule an appointment.
The choice is between the categories of conventional and implant dentures. At San Diego Dental Implant Center, board-certified periodontists, Dr. Joseph Yang, makes the decision easy. At a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, these implant experts can show you the many benefits of today's most technologically advanced and patient-friendly prosthetics.
What happens after tooth loss
Obviously, patients who lose some or all of their teeth experience a serious blow to their self-image. Smile gaps are embarrassing, and who can eat or speak properly without the full complement of healthy teeth we were created to have?
In addition, many people do not realize that tooth loss impacts the size and density of gum tissue and supporting jaw bone. The alveolar ridge (part of the jaw bone) deteriorates quickly after tooth extraction (by as much as 50 percent after a year, says the American Academy of Periodontology), compromising both bite height and facial contours. This results in premature aging and compromised oral function.
What you can do
One option is traditional dentures—either partial (held in place by clasps), crown-supported bridgework, or full conventional dentures secured by the natural suction of the mouth. Unfortunately, these choices do nothing to stop bone loss, they wear down the enamel on supporting teeth, and in the case of full dentures, biting, chewing and speech can be noticeably compromised.
At San Diego Dental Implant Center, Dr. Yang offers a patented process called Rapidontics. Using sophisticated diagnostic, imaging, and fabrication techniques, this talented team creates full implant-supported dentures in just one day.
Called All-on-4, these lifelike prosthetics are secured by titanium implants inserted right into the jaw bone. Implant dentures from San Diego Dental Implant Center boast a nearly 100 percent success rate as patients enjoy the facial aesthetics and oral function they want and deserve.
How All-on-4 works
Dr. Yang first performs a complete oral examination. This includes X-rays and a special three-dimensional scan which pictures bone structure and any remaining teeth. Oral impressions tell the dentist precisely how to craft your prosthetic teeth.
Implant placement happens right in the office. As needed, you'll receive four titanium implants in the top jaw and four on the bottom. Over the subsequent months, your implants will meld with your jaw bone through what the experts call osseointegration. As you heal, you'll wear temporary dentures for a complete and functional smile.
When the dentist feels that you are ready to receive your permanent implant dentures, you'll return to the San Diego Implant Center for placement. Patients are delighted at how natural their implant dentures look and feel. Plus, the dentures are easily cared for at home and at your six-month check-ups with Dr. Yang. You can enjoy all your favorite foods and have the stability and clear speech of perfectly fitted and securely retained dentures.
Find out more
Your implant denture consultation at San Diego Dental Implant Center will be friendly and informative. Why not arrange yours today? Call us at (858) 578-2205.
At San Diego Dental Implant Center, located in San Diego, CA, Dr. Joseph Yang gives his patients the necessary information to help them maintain a healthy oral regimen, especially when it comes to their gum health.
What's a periodontist?
A Periodontist is a dentist that diagnoses and treats gum disease.
More on Gum Disease
Gum disease is when bacteria attack gums causing inflammation, which is painful. You may experience a variety of issues as a result of gum disease:
- gum recession
- bone loss around your teeth
- tooth loss of teeth
According to your San Diego periodontist, gum disease is related to poor oral hygiene. When a person neglects to take care of their teeth, the rest of their mouth suffers.
Here are a few things that may lead to gum disease, like brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once before bed, choosing to eat unhealthy foods containing sugars that lead to plaque accumulation, chewing tobacco and smoking, skipping bi-annual doctor's appointments, and deep dental cleanings at your doctor's office.
Symptoms and Treatments
You may not know you have gum disease at an early stage if you're not regularly visiting your dentist. Here are a few symptoms:
- receding gums
- bleeding gums
- bad breath
- redness, or swelling of the gums
- periodontal abscess
There are a few treatment options your doctor may provide you with, here are some:
- Manually removing plaque by scaling, root planning or debridement
- Periodontal surgery may be required depending on the severity of your gum disease
- Applying antimicrobial products to assist in the healing process of periodontal disease
Your gums are just as important as any part of your dental/oral health. Improper care may lead to severe issues or diseases as mentioned above. If you have questions or concerns about gum disease or gum disease therapy, call Dr. Joseph Yang in San Diego, CA.
Did you know that bone loss happens after tooth loss? it's true. Your jaw bone recedes after teeth are extracted, says the National Institutes of Health. Also, conventional bridgework and dentures cannot correct this problem. If you have substantial tooth loss and wish to improve your jaw bone integrity, oral function, and facial appearance, explore All-On-Four at the San Diego Dental Implant Center. Dr. Joseph Yang is the expert in these "teeth in a day."
Just what is "All-On-Four?"
All-On-Four is a unique tooth replacement system. Permanent, stable, and bone-building, All-On-Four dentures replace teeth beautifully and recreate natural oral function and bone strength.
How does All-On-Four work? In short, the San Diego dentist inserts four titanium implants into the jawbone. These small metal devices support a full custom-made denture, allowing the patient to experience realistic biting, chewing, and speaking. There's no speech slurring, compromised chewing (Yes, you can eat corn on the cob.) or gooey adhesives common to traditional tooth replacements.
Amazingly, the dentist accomplishes the All-On-Four treatment in just one day (two to three hours per arch) at the San Diego Dental Implant Center. A careful pre-procedure examination with digital imaging tells your dentist if you're a candidate for these outstanding artificial teeth. Most people are!
Why are dental implants so stable?
It's because of a natural process called osseointegration. Here's how it works. When the dentist places a titanium implant into the jaw, the bone starts to adhere to the device almost immediately. Over several weeks, the healing process is complete, allowing the patient to bite and chew his or her favorite foods, to speak normally and to brush and floss easily.
With All-On-Four dental implants and tooth replacements, the patient has a great smile, youthful facial contours, and increased self-confidence. Plus, with good oral hygiene at home and check-ups and cleanings at the San Diego Dental Implant Center, All-On-Four implants last for years and years.
Come see us in San Diego
If dental extractions are in your future, or if you are sick and tired of old-style, unstable dentures, come to San Diego Dental Implant Center for a consultation. Dr. Yang is a board-certified periodontist and has the expertise to evaluate your options so you can have a great smile. Call the office today to arrange your appointment: (858) 578-2205.
Traditional dentures can reform your smile, giving you the feel good about the way you look and eat the foods you love. However, traditional dentures require removal and extra daily care. Fortunately, you can replace your missing teeth with the ease and natural look traditional dentures give you but also have the durability and permanence of dental implants with implant-supported dentures. Find out more about implant-supported dentures with the San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA.
What are dental implants?
When you lose a tooth, a series of effects begin to take place. The bone in which the missing tooth once sat begins to degrade, losing its volume in a process known as bone atrophy. This causes the facial skin to begin to cave in and sag. The teeth surrounding the missing tooth begin to shift to compensate for the new, extra room around them. Dentists use dental implants to replace a missing tooth and its root, helping avoid the effects of a missing tooth and giving you a full smile. The implant lies within the bone under your missing tooth, making it a permanent, non-removable addition to your smile.
How do implant-supported dentures work?
Implant-supported dentures use four or more implants spaced throughout an arch in the mouth to hold a denture in place. Depending on the system you and your periodontist choose, your implant-supported denture may be removable or remain permanently in place. The denture snaps or secures into place on top of the implants, securely replacing your missing teeth and allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with the peace of mind that your dentures will remain in your mouth, where they belong.
Implant-Supported Dentures in San Diego, CA
If you think you can benefit from implant-supported dentures, consulting with your periodontist will allow you to address any questions or concerns you may have and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Though most people who have missing teeth can benefit from dental implants, not everyone is a good candidate, making it important to discuss this with your dentist.
For more information on implant-supported dentures, please contact the San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA. Call 858-578-2205 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with your periodontist today!
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