Posts for category: Oral Health

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.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
March 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Loose teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums. These concerning symptoms signal gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss among American adults. At Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, has helped scores of people manage this destructive oral health problem.

Symptoms of periodontal disease

It happens when food residues collect between the teeth and at the gum line. Soft plaque quickly hardens to hard tartar, pushing gum tissue away from tooth roots. While people may be unaware of the early signs of gum disease, the problem rapidly becomes obvious, as they notice:

  • Bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Gum and dental pain
  • Loose and separating teeth
  • Pus at the gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums and exposed roots
  • Pimples or fistulas on the gums
  • Dusky gum color

Additionally, the bacteria and inflammation of gum disease spread system-wide, linking to health problems such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Arthritis

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that almost 65 million adults in the US have active gum disease. That's half the over-30 population. In short, everyone needs to be on guard and, as needed, seek treatment for this destructive oral health problem.

How Dr. Cooper can help

Your periodontist offers customized gum disease treatments. For mild gingivitis, a thorough hygienic cleaning at our Pasadena office, coupled with good at-home brushing and flossing, controls symptoms.

However, for more advanced cases, Dr. Cooper may recommend scaling and root planing. Also called a "deep cleaning," this in-office process scraps away hard tartar from below the gum line and smooths roots so soft tissue can re-attach. In addition, the dentist may instill antibiotic medication to quell infection and speed healing.

Finally, Dr. Cooper uses state-of-the-art gum grafting techniques to cover exposed tooth roots. Typically, the patient's own soft tissue is moved to the bare areas and sutured in place, under local anesthesia, of course, for complete comfort.

Preventing gum disease

Here are steps you can take to keep your gums healthy:

  • Brush two times a day with a soft toothbrush.
  • Floss once a day with a product you like and will actually use consistently.
  • Drink several glasses of water a day to rinse and hydrate and to increase anti-bacterial saliva.
  • Stop using all tobacco products.
  • Eat a low-sugar, high-fiber diet.
  • See your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and hygienic cleaning.


Take care of your gums

They are critical to your oral health and overall well-being. Call periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper of Pasadena Dental Implants for the finest in gum treatments and tooth replacement. Phone us today at (626) 796-1241.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
January 29, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  
BeforeweExtractThatProblemToothLetsConsiderSavingit

Even though an implant is now as close to life-like as modern dentistry can produce, it won’t surpass the function of your own natural tooth. That’s not to say implants are an inferior choice—in fact, it’s often the best one if a tooth is beyond reasonable repair. But first, let’s consider saving your existing tooth.

We first need to know why your tooth is diseased—more than likely either from tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Although different, these infections both begin with bacteria and can eventually lead to tooth loss.

While your mouth is teeming with millions of harmless bacteria, a few strains that live in dental plaque (a thin biofilm on your teeth) can cause disease. As they proliferate—feeding mostly on leftover sugar—they produce acid, which can erode the protective enamel on teeth. This can create cavities, which must be cleared of decayed material and filled.

Sometimes, though, the decay spreads deep within the pulp and through the root canals putting the tooth in danger. We may be able to save it, though, with a root canal treatment. In this common procedure we access the pulp chamber and clean out all the diseased or dead tissue. We then fill the empty chamber and root canals with a gutta percha filling and then seal the tooth. We later cap the tooth with a crown to further protect it.

Dental plaque can also give rise to a gum infection that triggers chronic inflammation. The inflammation can cause the gums to weaken and detach from the teeth to form large, infection-filled voids called periodontal pockets. This could lead to bone deterioration, further loosening the tooth’s hold.

But we can effectively treat gum disease by removing the plaque, which is fueling the infection. We normally do this with special hand instruments, but may also need to use surgical measures for more advanced cases. After plaque removal the inflammation subsides, giving the tissues a chance to heal and strengthen. We may also need to provide further assistance to these tissues to regenerate through gum or bone grafting.

These efforts can be quite involved, but if successful they could give your tooth another lease on life. And that could be a much better outcome for your dental health.

If you would like more information on the best treatment choices for your dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
January 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
HowtoGettheMostfromYourDailyBrushingandFlossing

Twice a year dental cleanings are an important aspect of optimal oral health. But if you’re not brushing and flossing every day, your dental visits could change from regular maintenance to teeth rescue missions.

These two hygiene tasks don’t take long—a single trip with floss around each tooth and a couple of minutes of brushing at least twice a day—but you’ll need to perform them effectively to get the most out of them. Not to worry, though: with a little practice and helpful advice from us, this small investment in time and effort could save your teeth—and your money.

The first thing to know, though, is the reason behind brushing and flossing: to remove disease-causing bacterial plaque that can build up daily on teeth. Bacteria produce acid, which at elevated levels can erode enamel and lead to decay; and some bacterial strains can cause periodontal (gum) disease. These infections could ultimately lead to gum recession, bone deterioration and tooth loss.

Daily brushing and flossing lowers your risk of this occurring. It’s your preference in what order you do them, but for now let’s start with flossing.

There are a number of techniques—and tools—for effective flossing. If you’re using thread floss, simply cut off about 18 inches and wrap each end around the middle finger from each hand. Use the remaining fingers to create a small amount of floss between the two best fingers for a particular area of the mouth and gently pull the floss in between the tooth gap. Form a “C” shape around one of the tooth sides and rub up and down until you hear a squeak (which you’ll only hear if you use un-waxed floss). Now, repeat the action with the adjacent tooth, then move to the next and each succeeding gap and do the same until you’ve cleaned each side of each tooth.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush gently like a paintbrush or pencil at about a 45-degree angle with just a small amount of toothpaste on the end bristles. All it takes is a gentle scrubbing or wiggling motion and the abrasives and detergents in the toothpaste will do the rest.  Just make sure you fully brush all your teeth and gum surfaces, which should take about two minutes.

Along with regular dental visits and a low-sugar diet to discourage bacterial growth, brushing and flossing will help you avoid disease and enjoy the best oral health possible.

If you would like more information on keeping your teeth and gums clean, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Daily Oral Hygiene: Easy Habits for Maintaining Oral Health.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
January 03, 2018
Category: Oral Health

A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease. Despite the fact that the rates of periodontal diseaseperiodontal disease have generally declined in recent decades, it still affects millions of Americans every year, especially over the age of 60, and remains the leading cause of tooth loss according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Peter Cooper, a periodontist in Pasadena, CA, offers diagnostic and treatment options like dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Gum Disease Diagnosis and Treatment in Pasadena, CA

The most effective way to prevent gum disease and lower the risk of tooth loss is by practicing good oral hygiene, which includes daily brushing and flossing, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental cleanings and check ups every six months. In addition to oral hygiene, factors like smoking and a family history of periodontal disease can also increase your individual risk.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease ranges from mild to severe and progresses over time, making it important to see a periodontist as soon as possible. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, with symptoms like gum inflammation and bleeding. If left untreated, it can progress and lead to more severe symptoms like gum recession, loose teeth, bad breath, infections around the gums and between teeth, and ultimately result in tooth loss. Gum disease may also be linked to other health complications for people with health problems like cardiac disease or diabetes.

Depending on the extent of damage to your gums, the first step in treating gum disease is typically to clean the teeth of bacteria and tartar with a manual procedure known as planing and root planing, which is like a "deep cleaning" of the teeth and gums. A periodontist may also perform what is known as pocket reduction surgery to remove bacteria buildup under the gums, or prescribe antibiotics for an infection. If bone tissue has eroded, you may need what is known as a bone graft to restore bone density. Periodontists also restore missing teeth with dental implants.

Find a Periodontist in Pasadena, CA

For more information on how to prevent and spot the signs of gum disease, contact Pasadena Dental Implants by calling (626) 796-1241 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooper today.



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

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