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By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
November 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

Find out when oral surgery is needed to improve the health of your smile.

Here at our office in Pasadena, CA, your periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, specializes in surgical treatments and procedures to restore your Implantssmile and boost your confidence. Here are some of the forms of oral surgery that Dr. Cooper specializes can perform to maximize both your health and your looks!

 

Dental Implant Placement

When it comes to tooth restorations, many patients at our Pasadena office choose dental implant treatment, for this restoration is truly as close as you can come to a real tooth.

The major reason for implants' natural-feeling stability is their ability to functionally replace tooth roots. This is accomplished by our periodontist placing the implant into the jawbone during a minor surgery that is performed either under local anesthesia or with the help of sedation dentistry (if needed). It can take as little as 30 minutes to place a single dental implant depending on the placement.

You could be a good candidate for dental implants if you are a healthy adult who wants to replace one or more permanent missing teeth. Our periodontist can determine your candidacy for getting implants during a consultation.

 

Gum Grafting

Has severe gum disease affected the shape of your gums? Unfortunately, most people don’t quite realize just how big of a role that the gums play in the overall shape and attractiveness of a smile until health issues arise. For instance, severe periodontitis can lead to significant shrinkage and gum recession, to both the detriment of your health and overall look.

Once gum disease has been treated and is under control, then our periodontist can perform grafting surgery, a procedure in which we gently remove some gum tissue from other areas of the mouth and stitch it into the damaged areas. Over time, this surgically placed gum tissue will restore your gums to improve both their shape and appearance.

 

Tooth Extractions

Sometimes teeth need to be removed. This may be the case if you have impacted wisdom teeth that are causing you pain or other problems. Teeth that are severely damaged or decayed may also need to be removed and replaced. Gum disease can also lead to loose teeth.

Following the procedure, our periodontist will be happy to talk to you about your tooth replacement options.

 

Call Us

Whether you want to learn more about the services we offer or you want to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Pasadena Dental Implants today at (626) 796-1241 to schedule a consultation.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum disease  

Do you want to know more about gum disease from your Pasadena, CA, periodontist ?

Here are some FAQs

What is periodontal disease?

Teeth can last a lifetime if you people take care of them properly and avoid diseases like periodontal disease, gum disease. Periodontitis gum-diseaseoccurs when tissue-attacking bacteria takes over the area surrounding teeth.

Gum disease sneaks up on you and if you don't maintain a good daily oral hygiene, gingivitis sets in, and, if left untreated, gingivitis transforms into periodontitis, bone loss around your teeth.

When you lose bone tissue, gum tissues detaches from teeth and form pockets, which is essentially the perfect spot for bacterial cultures to grow.

As periodontal disease advances, you may suffer from more bone loss which will result in tooth loss.

 

What are symptoms of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is sneaky in that you may not notice its discreet symptoms, especially if you smoke nicotine, because blood supply to gum tissue reduces and causes swelling of the gum tissues.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Redness or swelling of the gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitivity
  • Periodontal abscess
  • Loose teeth

 

What are some treatment options?

  1. Your Pasadena periodontist evaluates your oral hygiene techniques and gives you tips on how to improve them.
  2. They'll clean your teeth, removing plaque and calcified deposits called, tartar, in cleaning techniques such as scaling, root planing or debridement and/or ultrasonic instruments.
  3. They'll apply antibiotics to assist in healing and pocket-depth reduction and, hopefully, eliminate the need for periodontal surgery.
  4. If surgery is needed, it is usually to remove the deep pockets that form between inflamed gum tissue and teeth.

 

Can periodontal disease affect your overall health?

Periodontal disease has been linked to other serious conditions, such as cardio-vascular disease (CVD), diabetes and preterm births.

 

What are some preventive strategies?

Make sure you brush and floss your teeth every day. Get regular dental checkups and professional cleanings every 6 months, and avoid unhealthy foods, like candy. Also, make sure you quit smoking and chewing tobacco.

For more information on periodontal disease treatment in the Pasadena, CA, call your periodontist at Pasadena Dental Implants at (626) 796-1241 today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
March 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

How oral surgery from your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, can help you

In the event of diseased oral tissue, oral surgery can help keep your smile healthy by getting rid of any present infection before it spreads Dentistto other areas. Dr. Peter G. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants uses these procedures to save his patients' smiles—read on to learn more!

 

About Oral Surgery

So, how do you know if you need oral surgery? One of the main reasons to have oral surgery is to remove teeth, which could be necessary if...

  • You have severe tooth paint that can’t be relieved with a root canal or dental restoration
  • You have lost too much bone support around your teeth due to periodontal disease
  • You are undergoing orthodontic treatment and don’t have room for all of your teeth

Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, are the most common teeth to be removed due to how most people don’t have room for them. Wisdom teeth often put painful pressure on your teeth because fail to erupt and stay embedded in bone, a condition known as impaction.

Your periodontist is a specialist in another type of oral surgery: periodontitis treatment. If you have periodontitis, you may need gum surgery to reduce periodontal pockets around the teeth. This procedure helps to make your mouth more easily cleanable, so you can better maintain greater oral health.

In the event of serious periodontal disease, your periodontist may also have to remove a few of your teeth due to bone loss. After this procedure, however, your periodontist can also place dental implants to remake and rebuild your smile to a form that is even stronger and more attractive than it was before!

 

Call Today!

If you need oral surgery, you deserve the best. You deserve the highly skilled services of a periodontist. To find out more about how oral surgery can help you, just call Dr. Peter G. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, today at (626) 796-1241.

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.

Interested? Give Us a Call!

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.



Pasadena, CA Periodontist
Pasadena Dental Implants
175 S. El Molino, Suite 4
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 796-1241

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