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By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
December 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Periodontist  

Although tooth decay plays a role, periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. A periodontist is a dental professional who offers specialized treatment for dealing with gum disease at every stage, as well as playing a role in prevention. The bacteria that damage our teeth are the same that can cause infections and harm our gums and potentially lead to erosion of bone and other tooth-supporting tissue. Learn more from our local Pasadena, CA, professional Dr. Peter Cooper of Pasadena Dental Implants.

Gum Disease

Plaque builds on our teeth every day, it's a substance made from our saliva and food particles that is teeming with bacteria. Over time it will harden into tartar, making it impossible to remove with a toothbrush. At this point the bacteria is already quickly replicating, causing infection and inflammation of our gums, in other words, gum disease. Our general dentist can help us to prevent it, but when seeking advanced strategies for managing the disease then we would turn to a periodontist.

Periodontist in Pasadena, CA

Treatment for gum disease when it's still in a very early stage can be as simple as a typical in-office dental cleaning, which can be enough to reverse the condition. Other more involved cleaning strategies may be required as the disease advances, techniques such as root planing and scaling, dental cleaning procedures which not only remove the bacteria but make it more difficult for it to return. Surgical intervention may be the next step for more severe cases when gum disease is far advanced. Our periodontist can also help us to recover from the effects of gum disease by offering restorations and other treatments.

Protect your smile, if you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease and if you live in or near the Pasadena, CA, area dial (626) 796-1241 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper of Pasadena Dental Implants.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
November 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   Periodontist  

Gum disease, in its advanced stages, is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults, and although typically preventable, many factors put us at greater risk for the condition. To learn about everything we can do in spite of these we can reach out to our Pasadena, CA, periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper of Pasadena Dental Implants.

Poor Oral Hygiene

If we are not brushing and flossing our teeth daily and missing our regular in-office dental cleanings we are putting ourselves at risk for developing gum disease. Good dental habits are primarily aimed at reducing the buildup of plaque on our teeth, and the damaging bacteria that live among them. Bacteria live inside our mouth, but it's when plaque accumulates that bacteria begin to grow rapidly. This is when cavities can occur, along with damage to our gum tissue.

Age and Genetics

Age and genetics are two factors out of our control, so if we have a history in our family of gum disease, or we are older, then we must be even more diligent with our dental hygiene habits.

Hormonal Changes

Higher hormone levels in women can cause blood to rush to the gums, making them more sensitive to inflammation. So special care should be taken around these times, especially during pregnancy when the same advice of extra diligence with our dental care also applies.

Nighttime Grinding

Grinding our teeth at night can damage more than just our teeth, the trauma can also cause our gums to recede making gum disease more likely, or exacerbating it if it's already present. A custom-made nightguard from our dentist can help with the effects of teeth grinding.

Medication

Medications that can cause dry mouth can also make us more susceptible to gum disease. Saliva helps wash away plaque and bacteria from our teeth, so these medications can cause us to lose this extra level of defense.

Diabetes

With diabetes, the extra glucose in our saliva can feed the bacteria and help it propagate just as a diet rich in sugar and carbs will often do. Diabetes also affects the flow of blood to our gum tissue making it more difficult for it to heal from the infection.

Smoking

Smoking causes a similar problem as it affects our body's ability to fight off infections, and it has the further downside of masking many of the common symptoms of gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatment in Pasadena, CA

Being exposed to any of the above-mentioned risk factors is no reason to simply accept that we'll develop gum disease. Instead, it should be a sign that we should be more aggressive in our fight against it, with regular brushing and flossing and of course regular visits to our dentist.

So whether you wish to prevent or treat gum disease you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooper of Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, by dialing (626) 796-1241.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
May 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Treating periodontal (gum) disease promptly will help you avoid pain, receding gums, and tooth loss. Your Pasadena, CA, periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, can recommend treatments that will help you improve the health of your gums if you have periodontal disease.

Do you have periodontal disease?

More than 47% of adults in the U.S. have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, can cause red gums, tenderness, receding gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss.

If the disease becomes more severe, the gums may pull away from the teeth forming deep pockets that fill with bacteria and debris. Painful infections that destroy gum tissue and the bones and ligaments that hold teeth in place can occur if you have severe gum disease. If the disease isn't treated, you may lose your teeth.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Often, a dental cleaning and better oral hygiene can reverse gingivitis. Cleaning and flossing your teeth daily removes plaque, a clear film that contains bacteria, and tartar, a hard deposit that forms when plaque remains on your teeth for as little as 10 days.

Depending on the severity of the disease, your periodontist may recommend one or more of these treatments during your visit to the Pasadena, CA, periodontal office:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: Also known as deep cleaning, scaling and root planing remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. Your periodontist will also smooth your tooth roots, which will make it hard for bacteria to stick to them.
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics kill bacteria and may help reduce pocket size. Oral or topical antibiotics may be prescribed during your treatment.
  • Flap Surgery: Flap surgery closes the pockets around teeth. Your periodontist also removes plaque and tartar along the gums during the surgery.
  • Grafts: You may need to restore lost bone or gum tissue with bone or tissue grafts.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants can restore teeth lost as a result of periodontal disease. Implants are small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone that serve as replacement roots. They're connected to dental crowns, restorations that replace the top parts of teeth.

Protect your oral health with periodontal disease treatment. Contact your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Cooper, at (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
September 04, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Periodontal disease, which is commonly referred to as gum disease, occurs when the gums become infected. Left untreated, periodontal disease could ultimately lead to tooth loss and various oral health problems. See a periodontist for treatment if you develop signs of periodontal disease, such as receding gums or gums that bleed easily. Periodontal disease treatment is offered at Pasadena Dental Implants, where Dr. Peter Cooper can develop a plan for restoring the health of your gums.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Since periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection, it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading and causing further oral health problems. For example, tooth loss can occur if the infection spreads to the bone that supports the teeth. Signs that periodontal disease has possibly developed and treatment is needed include:

  • Gum sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen, tender, or red gums
  • Teeth that are loose
  • A periodontal abscess
  • Persistent bad breath

Treating Periodontal Disease

There are many ways to treat gum disease. The skilled periodontist at our office in Pasadena can develop a periodontal disease treatment plan specifically for you. One of the first steps in treating the early stages of periodontal disease is removing plaque, tartar, and other hardened deposits from the surface of tooth roots, which helps stop the spread of infection. A method known as scaling and root planing is used to deep clean teeth below the gum line.

Other methods for treating the early stages of periodontal disease include applying antimicrobial agents or antibiotics to eliminate infection-causing bacteria. As periodontal disease progresses, surgical procedures might be needed to clean and remove abscesses that have developed in the gums. Periodontal surgery can also be performed to remove and replace diseased gum tissue or to help gum tissue reattach to the teeth.

Seeking treatment for periodontal disease when it is still in the early stages is best. Prompt treatment helps stop the spread of infection, which can prevent tooth loss and additional oral health problems. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooper to discuss your options for periodontal disease treatment by calling Pasadena Dental Implants at (626) 796-1241.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Everybody deserves a healthy and full smile. However, what happens when you lose one, or worse, a couple of your teeth? Missing teeth could make you embarrassed about smiling and feel unattractive. Likewise, just one lost tooth can make it hard to chew correctly, and in time, cause havoc on your bite.

Thankfully, you can restore your smile using a natural-looking, durable, and permanent tooth restoration option in the form of dental implants. Available here at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, our periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, can determine your candidacy for the procedure and help you get your smile back.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Restoring a lost tooth using a dental implant could drastically enhance not only your smile but your oral function as well. Implants also maintain and correct the spacing and position of the real teeth surrounding them. Likewise, they can help prevent deterioration of your jawbone.

When you lose a tooth, this could lead to the underlying jawbone to deteriorate because it would also lose the stimulation from the tooth roots. But since implants will act as artificial tooth roots, they will preserve your jawbone. In addition, they can even help you restore a more youthful appearance since they can help restore your facial contours. This is especially true if you have lost multiple teeth.

How Does a Dental Implant Work as a Tooth Replacement?

Your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Peter Cooper, will surgically insert the titanium implants into your jawbone. Essentially, they will serve to stabilize the prosthetic tooth on top by acting as your new tooth roots. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months (during which the implant will fuse with the jawbone, itself), a dental crown will be placed atop the restoration, completing the procedure.

How Do I Know If I’m a Great Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are generally in good health and have lost one or several teeth, you are likely a great candidate for implants. However, your dentist will need to make certain that your jawbone is strong enough to support this restoration. For people who have insufficient or weak jawbones, they may still qualify for dental implant surgery if they undergo a sinus lift or bone graft.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants Now.

Contact Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, at (626) 796-1241 to arrange your appointment with our periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper.



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