Posts for category: Oral Health

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.

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.”



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

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