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By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
May 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out the best way to handle gum disease if it happens to you.periodontal disease

Gum disease affects about half of the American population, according to the CDC, and yet many people don’t even realize that they have it. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss it’s important that you visit our Pasadena, CA, periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper if you notice any changes in your gums. Luckily, if you do have gum disease, treatments are available.

There are many ways in which to treat gum disease depending on the severity of your condition. In fact, if we are able to catch gum disease in its earliest stages (known as gingivitis) then it can actually be treated with the proper care; however, not everyone experiences symptoms of gum disease and if they don’t visit a dentist regularly they won’t often know until the disease has advanced.

Our Pasadena, CA, gum disease specialist offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for helping you get your gum disease under control. The most common gum disease treatment is known as scaling and root planing. Simply put, this treatment is just like giving your teeth, gums and even tooth roots a deep professional cleaning. This is a non-surgical procedure performed right here in our office.

During scaling and root planing, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup that sits above and below the gumline with special scaling instruments. We will also smooth down the roots of the teeth to make it a less hospitable environment for bacteria to thrive and grow. Also, by smoothing these rough areas of the tooth roots we also make it easier for the gums to reattach to the teeth after treatment.

If your symptoms are more severe or if your gum disease has caused extensive bone, tooth and gum loss then you may require surgery in order to manage your gum disease symptoms and improve the health and appearance of your smile. The most common surgical treatment is flap surgery in which incisions are made in the gums to open them up and remove the tartar buildup underneath.

After the tartar has been removed we will pull the gums taut so that they fit tightly around the tooth (gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and recede). In other instances, soft tissue grafts or bone grafts may also be necessary to rebuild the jawbone and tissue.

If you have questions about getting gum disease treatment in Pasadena, CA, or if you have questions about any other dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an appointment. Call (626) 796-1241 today.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you've been told you have gum disease - either gingivitis or periodontitis - you might worry if there's anything that can be done to help. gum diseaseAdvanced periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss. The good news is that Dr. Peter Cooper, your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, has the extensive training and experience needed to treat gum disease. Below, a few of the periodontal disease treatments we use at our office are outlined.

Root scaling and planing

Scaling is part of a regular dental cleaning at your periodontist 's office; it involves the use of a handheld metal tool that one of our skillful dental hygienists uses to "scrape" the surface of your teeth to remove tartar and other buildups. However, when used in periodontal disease treatment, the process is more in-depth. It can be thought of as a deep-cleaning treatment for your teeth and gums. We will use specialized tools to clean half or one quarter of yourone-quarter area of which is numbed prior to treatment. This allows us to carefully clean below the gum line, which removes the infection and encourages the gum tissue to begin healing.

Prescription mouthwash

While over-the-counter mouthwashes don't have particularly long-lasting effects, mouthwash that are prescribed by your Pasadena dentist specifically for periodontal disease treatment have medicinal properties that continue to work after you've rinsed. The active ingredient, chlorhexidine gluconate, helps to boost the body's ability to heal damaged tissue.

Antibiotics

As gum disease progresses, it begins to create "pockets," spaces between the teeth and gums. This in turn provides more places for food debris to collect and infection to spread. Your periodontist may use site specific antibiotics to help heal your gum tissue. This particular periodontal disease treatment isn't like most medication regimens: the antibiotic is actually placed in the pockets that have developed, immediately treating the infection at the source.

In severe cases, surgical procedures to repair the gum tissue may be necessary. A consultation with Dr. Peter Cooper, your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, will determine the best periodontal disease treatment for you. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
February 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
FAQsKeepingYourMouthHealthyAfterGumDiseaseTreatment

Surgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease can go a long way toward restoring your mouth to good health; however, it does not change your susceptibility to the disease. That’s why we recommend that you come in regularly for periodontal cleanings after your treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions about keeping your mouth healthy after gum disease treatment.

How often do I have to come in for periodontal cleanings?
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question: It really depends on your individual situation. For example, some individuals may have a more aggressive form of periodontal disease that requires more frequent periodontal maintenance (PM) treatments to maintain control. Others may have greater success controlling the buildup of disease-causing plaque with at-home oral hygiene measures, and therefore need PM less often. However, for people with a history of periodontal disease, getting PM treatments at a three-month interval may be a good starting point.

What happens at a periodontal maintenance appointment?
A thorough cleaning of the crown and root surfaces of the teeth, aimed at removing sticky plaque and hardened dental calculus (tartar), is a big part of PM treatments — but there’s much more. You’ll also receive a thorough clinical examination (including oral cancer screening), a review of your medical history, and x-rays or other diagnostic tests if needed. The status of any ongoing periodontal disease will be carefully monitored, as will your success at maintaining good oral hygiene. Decisions about further treatment will be based on the results of this examination.

What else can I do to keep gum disease at bay?
Keeping your oral hygiene in top-notch condition — which includes effective brushing and flossing every day — can go a long way toward controlling gum disease.  In addition, you can reduce risk factors by quitting tobacco use and eating a more balanced diet. And since inflammatory conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease can make periodontal disease worse (and vice versa), keeping these conditions under control will greatly benefit both your oral health and your overall health.

If you have additional questions about maintaining oral health after gum disease treatment, contact us or schedule an appointment.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

With so much emphasis placed on your teeth, it is easy to forget that the health of your gums has an equally important effect on your oral gum diseasehealth. Knowing how gum disease works and the warning signs to look out for can help you keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean between regular dental examinations. Learn more about gum disease with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What is gum disease? 
Gum disease is a common infection of the oral tissues which affects many people. Decay begins as bacteria in the mouth which, if not removed from the teeth, hardens into sticky plaque. If the plaque remains on the teeth, it, in turn, hardens into tartar.This occurs due to bacteria becoming trapped underneath the gums and causing irritation. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can vary in severity from mild irritation or swelling to serious pain, irritation and tooth loss.

Do I have gum disease? 
Unfortunately, many people believe that they should stop flossing their teeth if their gums bleed. However, this is actually one of the earliest signs of gum disease and bleeding gums actually become better with continued flossing. Other signs of gum disease include:

  • swollen gums
  • irritated gums
  • unexplained bad breath
  • sensitive or loose teeth
  • receding gum line
  • difficulty chewing

Gum Disease Treatments in Pasadena, CA
Treatment for mild gum disease usually begins at home with committing to a brushing and flossing routine. Brush at least twice daily and floss at least once to remove bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and underneath the gums. In more severe cases, your periodontist may suggest a periodontal cleaning performed by a dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and give your smile a clean slate. The most severe cases of gum disease require surgery to lift the gums and thoroughly clean underneath them.

For more information on gum disease and its treatments, please contact Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your 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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