You can have gum disease and not even know it. That’s because you may only see a slight amount of bleeding when you brush and floss, and you might think it’s normal. The truth is, bleeding gums are not normal. It’s a sure sign of gum disease. The good news is, gum disease can be reversed, and you can enjoy a healthy smile once again.
Your periodontist can help. Dr. Joseph Yang at San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA, offers a full range of gum and periodontal therapy solutions to give you back your healthy smile.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria contained in the plaque that clings to your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that destroy the health of your mouth, producing inflammation and disease. The key to preventing and treating gum disease is to reduce the amount of bacterial plaque in your mouth. You do this by:
- Brushing your teeth after meals and before you go to bed; using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush gently in a circular motion, covering all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer the flushing action of a sonic or electric toothbrush.
- Floss your teeth at least once each day; make sure you wrap around each tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps keep the floss firmly against the tooth surface, for better, more thorough cleaning.
Visit your dentist or periodontist at least once each year for a comprehensive examination of your gums and teeth. You should also visit your dental hygienist at least once every six months for a professional cleaning, or once every three to four months if you have periodontal disease.
Don’t let gum disease destroy your smile. Your periodontist can help get rid of gum disease so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. To find out more about gum disease symptoms, prevention, and treatment, call Dr. Joseph Yang at San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA. Call today and protect your smile!
Learn more about getting dental implants in San Diego, and how they work.
Are you an adult living in San Diego, CA, who is missing one, several or even all of their teeth? Particularly if you are dealing with complete tooth loss you may be worried that the only option is to get dentures. Well, you’ll be relieved to hear that our San Diego, CA, implant dentist Dr. Joseph Yang offers dental implants to healthy adults who are missing everything from one to all of their teeth.
Here’s How a Dental Implant Works
When most people think of a dental implant they imagine the small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone; however, an implant is made up of three different parts:
- The base: This is the metal screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a strong, durable foundation from which to support a false tooth.
- The abutment: This structure is placed over top of the implant and it’s designed to connect the implant with the false tooth.
- The false tooth: If you are replacing a single tooth then a dental crown will be placed over the abutment to complete the restoration; however, if you are missing several teeth then a dental bridge or dentures can also be secured on top of the implants.
Getting Implants with Dentures
If you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth you may be wondering whether implants are still right for you. You’ll be happy to hear that implants can replace as many teeth as you need. Our San Diego restorative dentist even offers All-on-4, a system that allows patients to get implants and teeth in the same day. During this visit we will place implants into the jawbone and then immediately place temporary dentures over top of the implant.
Once the implants and the jawbone have naturally fused together then we can remove the temporary dentures and secure the permanent dentures on top.
Interested in getting dental implants? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for All-on-4? Let San Diego Dental Implant Center treat your tooth loss right away and even give you a full smile again on the same day. Call our San Diego dental practice today to schedule a no-risk consultation.
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.
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