Things You Should Ask About Getting Dental Implants

For patients who’ve lost teeth, dental implants are often the best option for replacing them. That’s because dental implant posts are the only way to replace your lost teeth roots and, therefore, the vital functions that they’re responsible for. With the help of dental implants, your custom-made dental bridge or denture will more closely mimic the healthy, natural structures of your teeth. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontist’s office, we often recommend dental implants to help patients more successfully rebuild their smiles following tooth loss. (more…)

How Periodontal Disease Can Affect the Rest of Your Body

When you develop periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease), there are several things that you immediately have to consider. For example, how severe is it, and how extensive will your treatment need to be in order to control it? In addition, your periodontist will discuss several lesser known but equally important considerations about your gum disease, such as how it can impact your overall health, any current medical conditions you have, or medications you’re currently taking. Not only can these considerations affect your periodontal treatment; they can also become worse under the influence of gum disease if you don’t treat it as soon as possible. (more…)

Should You Worry About Gum Recession?

The periodontal (gum) tissue that surrounds and protects your dental ridges and teeth roots is more important than many people realize. For example, your gums help keep your teeth securely in place within your jawbone, and they help stop oral bacteria from affecting your teeth roots. When this tissue begins to recede from your teeth – a condition known as gum recession – it can often be a warning that you should visit your periodontist for expert care. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we can pinpoint the specific cause behind your gum recession and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to stop it. (more…)

3 Things to Worry About if You Have Periodontal Disease

If you don’t have gum disease – or, at least, don’t know yet that you do – then the condition might not seem too worrisome right now. However, allowing gum disease to develop and progress can leave your smile open to several different dangers. It can also have an increasingly stronger influence on your systemic well-being if not treated and managed properly. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we can help you worry less about periodontal disease and its potential consequences by customizing an appropriate periodontal treatment and management plan. (more…)

How to Remove the Oral Bacteria that Cause Gum Disease

Because everyone’s oral health is unique, your specific risks for things like periodontal (gum) disease may be different than others. However, the main cause of the disease itself is the excessive buildup of harmful oral bacteria underneath your gums. Therefore, preventing or treating gum disease at our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office typically involves eliminating the threat of oral bacteria by carefully removing them and protecting your gums from their influence. (more…)

Think You Might Have Gingivitis? Here’s How to Know

Gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease – is common. In fact, more than 80 percent of adults have gum disease to some extent, and every case began with the formation of gingivitis. While most people know what gingivitis, they may not always realize they have it, which means they don’t seek treatment for it until the condition becomes more severe. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, recognizing and treating gingivitis as early as possible is an important way for us to help you protect your smile from the potentially devastating effects of more severe gum disease. (more…)

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Replacements for Lost Teeth?

After carefully researching all of your options for replacing your lost tooth or teeth, you learn more than you originally expected about why dental implants may be your best option. However, you may not fully appreciate the reasons why until well after you’ve had your dental implants placed. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we often recommend placing one or more dental implants to support a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture (depending on how many teeth you’ve lost) for many different reasons. Today, we explore those reasons and why dental implants are likely your best option. (more…)

A Few Fine Points About Platelet-Rich Periodontal Therapy

There are several aspects to treating periodontal disease. For example, the only way to stop the disease’s progression and allow your gums to heal is to remove the harmful oral bacteria that have accumulated underneath your gum tissues. This process, known as scaling and root planing (or periodontal cleaning) may be the full extent of your treatment, or it may just be the first step, depending on the severity of your gum disease. For many patients at our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, the use of platelet-rich plasma and fibrin helps optimize periodontal treatment and maintenance in several ways. (more…)

A Few Things You Might Not Know About Your Hygiene Routine

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing them at least once, and taking care to clean along your gum line each time are the basics of good oral and periodontal hygiene. Most people recognize this, and many of them adhere to it, yet gum disease and other chronic oral health conditions continue to affect a majority of people across the world. That’s why, at our Encinitas/San Diego Periodontal office, we strongly emphasize not only the importance of good oral hygiene, but also educating patients about the nuances of keeping their smiles healthy for life. (more…)

The Biggest Factors in Gum Disease Development

One of the biggest factors in adult tooth loss, chronic inflammatory health issues, and more is the presence of gum disease. The condition not only erodes your supportive gums and jawbone structure, but also leads to unchecked inflammation in your periodontal tissues and ligaments. However, there are also several factors in the formation of gum disease itself, and understanding them can help you avoid the potential dangers associated with it. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we can help you recognize what factors are most prominent to your periodontal health, and how you can mitigate them to protect your smile. (more…)