By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

Thinking of getting oral surgery? Oral surgeons treat many diseases, defects, and injuries in the face, head, neck, and jaws, as a number Oral Surgery Dentistry Procedureof these conditions require the special expertise that only a periodontist can deliver. We here at Pasadena Dental Implants, located in Pasadena, CA, are led by Dr. Peter Cooper and provide a full range of oral surgery services. Here are 8 ways in which we can help you!

1. Replace Lost Teeth- Is your smile missing teeth? Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces lost teeth with artificial restorations that feel, fit, and act like real teeth. Dental implants can restore your smile, improve your ability to chew food, prevent jawbone loss, and prevent your natural teeth from shifting out of place. 

2. Jaw Problems- Corrective jaw surgery is performed by oral surgeons to correct a range of skeletal and dental irregularities. Corrective jaw surgery includes the correction of misaligned teeth and jaws, which will then improve chewing, speaking, and breathing. The procedure is usually only recommended where the misalignment affects everyday functions such as speaking and eating. 

3. Dental Extractions- A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. A dental extraction may be necessary if your tooth is so damaged that it cannot be repaired. Additionally, if your wisdom tooth doesn't have room to grow, you'll likely need to have them pulled. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and a gum infection.

4. Treat Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder that causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing during sleep. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of sleep apnea. The goal of surgery is to enlarge the airway through your nose or throat that may be blocking the airway passages.

5. Treat a Facial Injury- Oral surgeons are most qualified to deal with facial injuries. If you suffer a facial injury, be sure to contact us for consultation. Facial trauma is an injury to the face. We are experts in treating facial injuries, including facial lacerations and fractures of the jaw. 

6. Birth Defects- Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that affect the roof of the mouth and lip. Cleft lip and palate may be caused by a combination of genes and other factors, such as what the child's mother eats or drinks, or certain medications she uses during pregnancy. Surgery is designed to improve the child's ability to hear, speak, and eat, as well as restore a more conventional appearance.

7. TMJ Syndrome- When the jaw joint is damaged, it can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome may include clicking and locking of the jaw joint, difficulty chewing, and jaw pain. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of TMJ syndrome, and are designed to relieve jaw pain and fully restore functionality.

8. Biopsy for Cancer- Only a biopsy may give a definitive oral cancer diagnosis. During a biopsy, we remove a small amount of tissue for laboratory analysis. A pathologist examines the cells under a microscope to see if they're cancerous. If oral cancer is detected early, it is almost always curable.

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If you need oral surgery, why wait? We can help you today. Call Pasadena Dental Implants at (626) 796-1241 today to schedule a consultation in Pasadena, CA. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at Pasadena Dental Implants!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

You may need a tooth extraction if your teeth are crowded, diseased, or have gone through some sort of trauma. Dr. Peter Cooper in Pasadena, CA, performs dental extractions, an oral surgery procedure, and can tell you more about them.

Tooth Extraction Procedure:

If trauma from a sport and/or overcrowded teeth are the reason you need a tooth extraction, then your doctor will need to do the following:

1. Examine the severity of the situation and schedule an appointment for the tooth extraction.

2. An anesthetics will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth.

3. Your doctor will extract whatever is left of the natural tooth.

4. They will stitch the extraction area and place gauze to stop bleeding, and help with blood clot formation.

Post-procedure Care:

Don't eat or drink for a few hours. Don't use a straw. Use painkillers if needed and avoid smoking or drinking alcoholic beverage after the procedure. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for constant disinfection, and call your Pasadena doctor if you're suffering from severe pain, it may be a dry socket (blood hasn't clotted properly).

Oral Surgery Benefits:

- Keeps natural teeth intact

- Restores ability to bite and chew

- Prevents jawbone degeneration, or deterioration

Caring for your Teeth:

To reduce the chances of needing a tooth extraction from diseases, here are some preventative measures to follow:

- Floss before bed and make sure you floss between each tooth and in hard to reach places like molars.

- Stop bad or poor habits like smoking, and chewing tobacco.

- Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each, holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to improve your chances of having healthy teeth.

If you think you need a tooth extraction and want to consult your doctor to see if the tooth is beyond saving, then you should call your Pasadena, CA, dentist, Dr. Peter Cooper, today.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have gaps in your smile, you may feel embarrassed or ashamed of the way your teeth look. However, you can complete your smile with dental implants and help from your dentist. Coming up with a plan to fill the gaps in your smile can boost both the functionality of your smile and your self-esteem. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help you with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What is a dental implant? 
A dental implant is a stand-alone tooth replacement option. While a dental bridge, which also replaces a missing tooth, attaches to the healthy teeth surrounding a gap, an implant’s fixture lies within the bone itself. The bone grows around the tooth to integrate it into the smile and provide a solid foundation for the replacement tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Permanent: Dental implants are a permanent part of your smile. Their design allows them to remain in your mouth. The non-removable tooth functions, feels, and looks just like a natural tooth.
  • Custom: A dental laboratory creates each crown based on a clay impression of your mouth, meaning each implant fits seamlessly into your smile.
  • Easy to Clean: Dental implants require the same simple daily routine as your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist at least twice a year to keep both your natural teeth and implants healthy and clean for years to come.
  • Functional: The functionality of dental implants is second to none. Their design gives them the ability to function exactly like a natural tooth. While some tooth replacement options may have the chance of falling out or shifting while you eat or speak, implants stay put and work exactly as they should.

Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA
Do not hesitate when it comes to replacing your missing teeth. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Cooper today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
July 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

What your periodontist in Pasadena, California wants you to knoworal surgery

If you need oral surgery, it’s nothing to be afraid of. Oral surgery has become state-of-the-art, using high-tech tools and techniques to maintain the health of your smile. There are many reasons why you might need oral surgery. Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, California wants to share some of the most common oral surgery procedures.

Whether you are a teen, adult, or a senior, you may need tooth removal. Thanks to modern oral surgery techniques and dental sedation, tooth extraction is quick and comfortable. Tooth extraction may be necessary if:

  • You are a teenager undergoing orthodontic treatment and don’t have enough space for teeth
  • You are a teenager, adult, or senior with severe decay that can’t be restored
  • You are an adult or senior with loose teeth from losing bone due to periodontal disease

You may also need wisdom teeth removed. Many people don’t have room for wisdom teeth, or the teeth come in sideways and are not a functional part of your bite. They also may remain embedded in bone and not erupt at all, a condition known as impaction.

Another common oral surgery procedure is the placement of dental implants. The procedure begins with a dental implant screw placed in your jaw, which will function as the “root” of your missing tooth. The implant area heals and then the screw is capped with a beautiful implant crown. Dental implants are the tooth replacement solution that is closest to having natural teeth.

Oral surgery procedures are also commonly performed on soft tissue. Some of the reasons you may need oral surgery of cheek, gum, tongue and other oral soft tissues include:

  • A biopsy if you have abnormal tissue from tobacco use or other causes
  • Gum grafting to cover up exposed tooth roots and prevent tooth sensitivity
  • Cosmetic gum surgery to remove excess gum tissue or to recontour gum tissue to give you a more harmonious smile

This is just a small sample of the many common oral surgery procedures that can restore the health and beauty of your smile. For more information about oral surgery, call Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, California today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
May 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out the best way to handle gum disease if it happens to you.periodontal disease

Gum disease affects about half of the American population, according to the CDC, and yet many people don’t even realize that they have it. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss it’s important that you visit our Pasadena, CA, periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper if you notice any changes in your gums. Luckily, if you do have gum disease, treatments are available.

There are many ways in which to treat gum disease depending on the severity of your condition. In fact, if we are able to catch gum disease in its earliest stages (known as gingivitis) then it can actually be treated with the proper care; however, not everyone experiences symptoms of gum disease and if they don’t visit a dentist regularly they won’t often know until the disease has advanced.

Our Pasadena, CA, gum disease specialist offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for helping you get your gum disease under control. The most common gum disease treatment is known as scaling and root planing. Simply put, this treatment is just like giving your teeth, gums and even tooth roots a deep professional cleaning. This is a non-surgical procedure performed right here in our office.

During scaling and root planing, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup that sits above and below the gumline with special scaling instruments. We will also smooth down the roots of the teeth to make it a less hospitable environment for bacteria to thrive and grow. Also, by smoothing these rough areas of the tooth roots we also make it easier for the gums to reattach to the teeth after treatment.

If your symptoms are more severe or if your gum disease has caused extensive bone, tooth and gum loss then you may require surgery in order to manage your gum disease symptoms and improve the health and appearance of your smile. The most common surgical treatment is flap surgery in which incisions are made in the gums to open them up and remove the tartar buildup underneath.

After the tartar has been removed we will pull the gums taut so that they fit tightly around the tooth (gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and recede). In other instances, soft tissue grafts or bone grafts may also be necessary to rebuild the jawbone and tissue.

If you have questions about getting gum disease treatment in Pasadena, CA, or if you have questions about any other dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an appointment. Call (626) 796-1241 today.





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