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By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
March 04, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Grafting  

Gum recession is aesthetically unappealing for sure but gum grafting is necessary not just to improve your smile, but because receding gums cause other issues. It causes tooth sensitivity, especially when eating or drinking cold or hot foods and beverages. Dr. Peter Cooper, of Pasadena Dental Implants, offers gum grafting treatment for his Pasadena, CA, patients.

More About Gum Grafting

Gum recession, if not treated using a gum tissue graft, can cause tooth loss.

Types of gum tissue grafts:

  • Connective-tissue grafts (the most common method):

The procedure is as follows:

1. Dr. Cooper removes some skin at the roof of your mouth and tissue from under the flap.

2. Next, your periodontist stitches the tissue around the exposed root.

3. Finally, after the connective tissue (graft) has been removed, the periodontist stitches the roof of your mouth where some skin was removed.

  • Free gingival grafts: This method is used for people with thin gums and, similar to the previous procedure, tissue from the roof of the mouth is also used and attached to the gum area.
     
  • Pedicle grafts: With this procedure, the graft is made from gum tissue around or near the tooth that needs repair, and the person must have plenty of gum tissue near the tooth.

1. Your Pasadena periodontist cuts away only one edge so the other remains attached.

2. Next, he uses the gum tissue to cover the exposed root.

3. Finally, the tissue is sewn into place.

Post-procedural Care

Eat soft, cool foods, like ice cream and well-cooked vegetables. Avoid brushing or flossing near the surgical area and call your periodontist if you bleed and it persists even after applying pressure for 20 minutes. Also contact your periodontist if there's consistent pain, swelling, and bruising.

Have questions about gum grafting?

If you'd like to learn more about gum grafting, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Peter Cooper, of Pasadena Dental Implants, in Pasadena, CA. Just give your periodontist a call at (626) 796-1241 today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  

Are you ready to fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants offered by your Pasadena, CA, periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper? Here's what you can expect if you opt for dental implant surgery.

A pre-surgery examination

Your periodontist will perform an examination to ensure that you're a good candidate for dental implants. Fortunately, implants are an excellent choice for many people. Dental implants may be recommended if:

  • You're in good health. (Implant surgery won't be a good idea if you have an immune condition or another health problem that affects healing, or if you take medications that suppress the immune system.)
  • You don't smoke.
  • You need to replace permanent teeth.

During the examination, your periodontist will take a look at nerve placement and the bone depth in your jawbone. If the jawbone isn't deep enough to support an implant, a bone graft to build up the bone may be needed before implant surgery can take place. In some cases, it may be possible to reposition a nerve that could interfere with the placement of your implant.

Your oral surgery appointment

Before dental implant surgery begins, you'll receive a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel no pain. During the minor oral surgical procedure, your periodontist places small posts in your jawbone to replace your missing tooth roots. The posts, called implants, are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that bonds to your bones. After the implants are in place, your periodontist will close the gum tissue around them. A temporary crown or bridge will cover the gap in your smile.

Creating your new teeth

During the next three to six months, your dental implant will slowly bond to your jawbone. Bonding time varies, but the process may take a little longer if the implant is in the upper jaw than in the lower jaw. Bonding ensures that your implants are securely rooted to your jawbone and won't budge no matter what types of foods you eat.

Once bonding is complete, screw-like connectors called abutments will be added to the tops of your dental implants and an impression of your mouth will be made. Dental laboratory technicians use the impression as a model when they create your crowns. Crowns are restorations that replace the visible parts of your missing teeth.

In a few weeks, you'll return to the Pasadena dental office to receive your permanent crowns. Once the crowns are attached to the dental implants with the abutments, you'll be able to immediately use your new teeth. (In some cases, you may receive crowns immediately after your dental implant surgery.)

Restore your smile with dental implant surgery! Call your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Peter Cooper, at (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
November 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

Discover some of the telltale signs that it may be time to see a dental surgeon.

You would think that when a dental problem arises that you would know it, right? Well, not exactly. We wish it were that easy but sometimes our periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper has to examine your mouth or take X-rays to determine that you need oral surgery. Discover the main reasons why we perform oral surgery here in Pasadena, CA,

Missing Teeth

If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth then you may be wondering which tooth replacement option to choose. Many people turn to dental implants to replace their missing teeth because they are the next best thing to natural teeth. They feel, look, and even act just like natural teeth. They can even last the rest of your life.

Of course, to get dental implants, our Pasadena dentist will first need to perform oral surgery. If you want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants, we would be happy to sit down and talk over the treatment process with you.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Another reason to perform oral surgery in Pasadena is if one of our patients is dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth. This third and last set of molars typically cause problems when they try to erupt through the gums.

In fact, the majority of people end up dealing with impacted wisdom teeth, which means that they never fully emerge through the gums. This leaves an opening in the gums where bacteria can get trapped. To prevent tooth injury or an infection, your dentist will most likely recommend having your wisdom teeth removed.

Bone Loss

If you didn’t treat your tooth loss right away then our periodontist may have noticed that you’ve lost a significant amount of jawbone. If you want to get dental implants but you’re dealing with severe bone loss, you’ll probably need to undergo a bone grafting procedure before getting your implants to rebuild the jawbone and to make sure that it’s healthy enough to support your implant.

If you are interested in dental implants then you’ll need to undergo oral surgery. Turn to our implant expert Dr. Peter Cooper here in Pasadena, CA. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for implants, or to discuss other dental services with us, please call (626) 796-1241.

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!



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