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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
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.

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
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
June 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Periodontal disease is not something many people think about on a daily basis. However, this serious dental condition is the number one cause of tooth loss and preventing it is vital to your oral health. Keeping your teeth healthy is just as important as keeping any other part of your body healthy. Learn how to prevent periodontal disease with help from your Pasadena, CA dentist, Dr. Peter G. Cooper.Gums

What is periodontal disease?
Studies estimate about half of all Americans have some form of periodontal disease. This condition occurs when the oral tissues surrounding the teeth become infected or inflamed. Periodontal conditions range from simple irritation of the gums to complex conditions which result in bone and tooth loss. Your at-home oral care routine determines your risk for periodontal disease. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • red, swollen or irritated gums
  • bleeding gums
  • unexplained bad breath
  • receding gums
  • loose teeth
  • pain while chewing
  • tooth sensitivity

What causes periodontal disease? 
The foods you eat, the beverages you consume, your body’s natural secretions and the bacteria in your mouth combine to form a sticky substance called plaque, which grows on the teeth. When plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar. You cannot remove tartar from your teeth without a professional dental cleaning. Over time, plaque and tartar begin to irritate the gums, causing the first stage of periodontal disease called gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis turns into periodontitis, a serious and complicated disease which, if left untreated, results in tooth loss.

Preventing Periodontal Disease in Pasadena
The easiest way to avoid periodontal disease is by being aware of and avoiding its risk factors and committing to a strong at-home oral care routine. Risk factors for periodontal disease include:

  • smoking
  • diabetes
  • medications which hinder the flow of saliva
  • genetics
  • certain illnesses

Brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss at least once. Be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations and cleanings to keep your teeth healthy and clean. For more information on preventing periodontal disease, or if you've notices some of the symptoms, please contact Dr. Peter G. Cooper in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your dental examination and cleaning today!



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

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