How to Know if You Have Gum Disease

Closeup portrait of a successful business team laughing togetherThere are several warning signs that may point to gum disease. For many patients, bleeding gums trigger a wave of concern. Our dentists in North Hollywood are experts in detecting signs of gum disease and combating symptoms before they progress.

There are numerous factors that can contribute to the development of gum disease. For example, hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and menstruation are known to increase gum sensitivity, allowing for gingivitis to develop. Patients with illnesses such as cancer, HPV, and diabetes are at higher risk of developing gum disease. Any of these factors paired with poor oral hygiene, smoking, or a family history of gum disease are cause for concern. If gingivitis occurs and is left untreated, it can develop into gum disease. Several periodontal treatments are available to those suffering from gingivitis, and should be sought out promptly at the sign of infection. In order to prevent and reverse gingivitis, one should practice plaque control through daily brushing and flossing. However, this is not enough. Patients must receive a professional cleaning every six months to ensure their gums are healthy. Another step would be to maintain a well-balanced diet to promote a strong immune system. Vitamins E and C are incredibly effective in repairing damaged body tissue.

Can kids get TMJ?

 

family having funWisdom isn’t the only thing to come with age. As we grow older, we become more susceptible to joint tenderness and conditions such as TMJ. However, it is possible for children to experience symptoms of temporomandibular disorder. Our Los Angeles TMJ dentist is dedicated to relieving patients of TMJ related pain, and giving them the tools they need to live active, high quality lives.

TMJ is pain centralized in the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Those most likely affected by TMJ are people with Arthritis, high levels of stress, a misaligned jaw, or who have experienced physical trauma of the mouth.  It can be tricky to diagnose children with TMJ because they are not typically affected. If your child experiences frequent facial pain, migraine headaches, earaches without a present infection, locked jaw, or ringing in the ears, you should talk to our TMJ dentist. Children and teens experiencing high levels of stress may grind their teeth, which can irritate the temporomandibular joint. Our dentist may prescribe a mouth guard and splints to protect your child’s teeth and jawbone. However, there are a variety of other options available. Talk to our dentist about any questions or concerns you may have regarding TMJ treatment.

Teeth Whitening Process

Friends having funOur teeth are supposed to be bright and white. Unfortunately, they can quickly become darkened and yellowed over time. This is often due to certain diet staples, such as berries, red sauce, tea, and coffee. It can also be caused by some lifestyle habits, such as smoking. Our dentist in San Francisco can perform a teeth whitening treatment in order to remove these extrinsic stains.

There are many different types of teeth whitening treatments, however most of them work very similarly. It will begin with a teeth cleaning, in order to remove any plaque, tartar, and food debris. Then they will apply a rubber block in order to protect the gums and other soft tissue of the mouth.

A whitening liquid or gel is then applied directly on to the teeth. It will be activated with a special dental light or laser. For most types of treatments, the liquid and light will stay in place between a few minutes and fifteen minutes. It will then be removed and reapplied one to two more times.

If an in-office treatment is not what you are looking for, we can also offer take-home kits. These provide you with the tools, materials, and instructions you need to brighten your teeth at home.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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There are several ways to replace missing teeth. Those who are looking for a non-invasive option may benefit from dental bridges, whereas older patients often opt for dentures. However, our dentist recommends dental implants for most patients, for several reasons. Here are some of the benefits that dental implants offer.

Dental implants are the one type of tooth replacement that is inserted into the jaw bone, just like teeth are. This means that they work very similar to how our permanent teeth do. They will work to stimulate the underlying jaw bone when biting and chewing. Without a tooth or tooth replacement in this place, the jaw bone will not be stimulated and therefore begin to diminish. This can lead to a change in the facial shape. Dental implants can prevent this from occurring.

Dental implants also have cosmetic benefits. Not only will they fill in a gap, but also prevent orthodontic issues. When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth can shift into this space, followed by the other teeth in the arch. Implants will keep the teeth in their correct spaces and eliminate the need for braces or similar appliance.

Our expert in implant in Beverly Hills can explain the benefits of the tooth replacement option further.

What To Know about Emergency Root Canals

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All root canals were once considered emergencies, at least by patients. Education and technology have quieted those fears, and there aren’t many occurrences where root canal therapy is truly an emergency. It’s better to use the word urgent, as a root canal procedure can end the spread of infection and save a tooth from extraction. You’re always better off with a tooth than without it, making root canal practices some of the most important in endodontics and elsewhere.

The need for a root canal often announces itself with surprise pain or swelling, even if the infection was present for a while. Decay causes a lot of interior damage once it reaches the dental nerve, and this can be the key prompt for a root canal.

Root canals have a high success rate, but it’s also not uncommon for a patient to need endodontic retreatment. This can happen when the root has multiple or branching canals that weren’t properly irrigated, when debris is left at the dental site, or when the filling material extends past the root tip. The recurrence of inflammation or infection in a tooth already treated means you should immediately contact your expert in emergency root canal in LA.

For more questions, contact our endodontists in LA.

About White Braces

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The main complaint about traditional braces is that they are very noticeable. The metal brackets and wires cannot be missed by anyone you come across each day. Some patients opt for Invisalign due to this concern, but not everyone makes for a good candidate for this appliance. If our Rocklin orthodontists recommend braces for you, you could receive a less noticeable form for a more discreet experience.

One option is white braces. Instead of metallic brackets, these feature white ones that match the color of the teeth. They will work exactly like their traditional counterpart, which involves tightening the wires in order to pull the teeth into place.

This option is a great choice for those who lead lives wherein a good appearance is vital. This may include business professionals, on-air personalities, and younger patients with a growing sense of self-confidence. You might be able to combine white braces with another less-noticeable aspect, such as Damon braces, which feature smaller brackets.

Our orthodontist will be able to discuss your options with you, both in regards to your health and your appearance. We can answer any questions you may have about the process and your teeth.

When is Gum Surgery Necessary?

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Periodontal disease is a systemic infection that can destroy the structures that protect and support the teeth. Without treatment, tooth and bone loss can occur. Our dentist in Houston may recommend surgery to control gum disease and restore health to your smile.

Gum surgery is typically used to treat moderate to severe problems and irritation to the gums. The early stages of gum disease occur when bacteria irritate gum tissue, and the body responds with inflammation designed to destroy the bacteria. If the infection is not controlled, the inflammation becomes chronic, and this inflammatory response leads to gum and bone tissue damage. The gum tissue becomes detached from the teeth, and bone is destroyed.

You might be a candidate for surgery if you have deep periodontal pockets that make it impossible for you to brush your teeth effectively or you are at risk of losing your teeth due to bone and gum loss. Our dentist can use pocket reduction surgery, regenerative procedures or grafts to improve or restore periodontal health. Most periodontal surgical procedures are performed in conjunction with conservative therapies, such as scaling and root planning and periodontal maintenance. Call our office today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.