The specialty in dentistry that involves prevention, diagnosis, treatment, periodontal disease, placement, maintenance and repair of implants, and the treatment of inflammation in the mouth are all handled by a periodontist. Periodontists often treat very challenging and severe periodontal cases, and offer a wide availability of treatments, such as scaling and root planing. They can also treat patients with more advanced gum problems using an array of surgical procedures.
During the first visit, our board certified periodontist will review the patient’s complete medical and dental history. It is extremely important for her to know if you are being treated for any condition that can affect your periodontal care, such as pregnancy, diabetes and heart disease. Our board certified periodontist has extensive training in the aspects of periodontal disease, and has three years of training beyond dental school. She is familiar with innovative techniques for identifying and aggressively addressing periodontal disease, and is also trained in performing superficial periodontal procedures. Patients who present all levels as well as very complex of cases periodontal disease can have peace of mind seeking her expertise by making an appointment at her Tarzana or Reseda office today.
Dental Implants 101
Implants are the artificial version of the natural tooth. Each implant has a bio-compatible titanium root that is affixed to the patient’s jaw bone. They can be applied to replace a few teeth, an arch of teeth or an entire row of upper and bottom teeth. The advantage of getting implants instead of dentures is that implants stabilize the jawbone by preventing it from sinking (bone resorption) where the patient’s tooth used to be. They are customized to your jaw to allow you to eat your food and smile efficiently and can be placed in a single visit. Implants can last a lifetime and may even be applied in relation with other restorative dental procedures for maximum results.
It takes 3 months for iimplant to be ready for the final restoration. This allows time for the patient’s jawbone to fuse (osseointegration) to the titanium root of which the patient has the option of wearing a natural-looking substitute tooth. After the bone has healed, an abutment is affixed to the implant and the bridge or crown is capped over it.
The majority of oral surgeons use bone graft material when performing various procedures on their patients. The main source of bone graft material comes from processed bone harvested from animals such as cows, known as xenografts, and have been sterilized with all of their organic material removed. A bone graft used in oral procedures acts a biological stabilizer to prevent soft or bone tissue from collapsing. The body over time dissolves and replaces the bone graft as the patient’s new bone. The placement of dental implants involves at least one or a combination of less complex bone graft outpatient procedures.
Our board certified periodontist will offer a consultation about all of these grafts if are seriously considering getting dental implants to yield the best results from plan of treatment. You will receive a thorough explanation and concise details about what each of these grafts are used for and how they're generally achieved.
Gum Recession Treatment
Genetics, misaligned teeth, teeth grinding, gum tissue trauma, overly aggressive brushing and flossing, and poor oral health can all lead to a patient having gum recession. Regardless of the cause, gum recession can be treated.
Receding Gums Treatment
Gum recession is when the gums lower their position on the tooth until its roots become visible. Usually this condition can be caught in its early stages and does not require aggressive treatment. If the problem is more severe, your dentist will analyze the cause of the gum recession and refer you to a gum specialist or periodontist to figure out the best course of action. Gum recession often stems from a gum disease known as periodontitis.
If this disease exhibits severe signs of inflammation and decay, you may have to have oral surgical treatment. This procedure is done by your periodontist and is called a gum graft which can be explained in more detail and what to expect. As you are probably already aware, practicing good oral care is essential to maintain a healthy mouth. Infection existing in the mouth can affect your entire system. Contact us at Victory Cosmetic Dentistry if you have receding gums to be put on an oral treatment plan.
Gum surgery is performed by a periodontist to graft gum tissue onto areas where the patient has permanent gum recession due to gum disease; and, when a patient needs excess gum tissue removed so that the appearance of their teeth and gums appear more balanced. Gum surgery is performed for other restorative treatments such as full mouth reconstruction.
A surgical procedure that harvests a tiny piece of your gum tissue from one section of your mouth (or tissue bank) and transplants it to another area where there is gum recession is known as a gum graft. A gum graft is performed to restore the gumline’s height to the lower tooth so that is better protected from diseases-causing bacteria which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss.
Gum surgery is needed when a patient’s gums have severely receded and experience constant tooth pain, gum tenderness and increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, food, and the rush of air into the mouth. Schedule an appointment with Victory Cosmetic Dentistry to have our board certified periodontist examine the causes and the severity of your gum recession.