If you have periodontal disease that has progressed to advanced stages, you may require intervention from your dentist to restore the health of your teeth and gums. As periodontal disease worsens, the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that are prone to bacteria, plaque, and infection.
At this stage, your dentist is likely to recommend scaling and root planing to remove tartar and plaque below the gum line. After applying a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort, the dentist will use a special cleaning instrument to remove plaque buildup below the gum line. Then, the root surfaces will be smoothed, or planed, to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach itself to the tooth. Watch this video to learn more.
If your gums are red, feel tender, or bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. To speak with a skilled dentist about your gum disease risk and treatment options, call Lake Forest Dental Health Care at (949) 581-1000. We also provide a range of general and cosmetic dental services.
If you lose a tooth, or several teeth, you have many dental restoration options. Your dentist may recommend dental implants as the best option to restore your smile and maintain good dental health. Here are just a few reasons why you might consider dental implants:
You’re Tired of Dentures
Dentures offer a relatively quick and affordable way to replace several missing teeth, but they do have their drawbacks. Denture wearers often complain of general discomfort, difficulty eating and speaking, and embarrassment caused by ill-fitting dentures that slip or fall out. Dentures can also be inconvenient to care for and require special pastes, adhesives, and cleaners. Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanently anchored in the jaw and mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. Because of their design, dental implants are longer-lasting, more durable, and easier to care for than dentures.
You Want the Best Smile Possible
For natural-looking, long-term results, no other tooth restoration option compares to dental implants. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth in order to carefully fabricate a replacement tooth that matches the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth. A single dental implant is composed of a titanium rod that fuses with the jawbone and a small extension that secures the artificial tooth. This design allows for a very natural appearance. With dental implants, you are sure to feel confident about your smile again.
You Want to Preserve Your Dental Health
Bridges and dentures are unable to improve your dental health and may even negatively affect remaining teeth. In order to anchor a bridge, healthy teeth adjacent to the appliance may need to be shaved, shaped, or cut. Dentures put constant force on the gum tissue they rest on, which can accelerate bone loss and give the facial structure a sunken appearance. In comparison, dental implants can not only be placed without modification to adjacent teeth, but also prevent bone loss. Like natural teeth, implants simply require daily brushing and flossing for optimal dental hygiene—but they’ll never develop cavities!
Would you like to know if you are a good candidate for dental implants? Call Lake Forest Dental Health Care at (949) 581-1000 to schedule a free consultation with our dental implantology experts. For more information and materials on dental implants, please visit our website.
If you’re worried about the appearance of your teeth, then this news will make you smile: your dentist can perform a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. The fact is that there is no reason to ever feel insecure about your smile. Simple, painless cosmetic dentistry procedures can reverse damage and give you teeth you’ll be proud to show off. In this infographic, Lake Forest Dental Health Care explains some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures you can choose to correct your dental woes. These treatments are just a taste of the many procedures our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist can perform. Please share this smile-worthy information with your family and friends.
Maintaining a bright, white smile sometimes requires more than just brushing and flossing. While some causes of tooth discoloration are unavoidable, like age or genetic predisposition, other factors can be controlled to keep your teeth looking great. Try to avoid the following stain-causing culprits and ask your cosmetic dentist about whitening treatments.
Foods and Drinks
If a food or drink can stain your shirt, it can probably stain your teeth. Dark or intensely colored foods and beverages can cause discoloration, including wine, berries, sauces, and sweets with artificial coloring. Soda, tea, citrus fruits, and sports drinks also make teeth prone to staining due to their high acidity—acidic substances erode and temporarily soften tooth enamel, making it susceptible to pigmentation.
Both smoking and chewing tobacco can yellow your teeth. Tobacco also greatly affects overall dental health. Habitual smoking can lead to bad breath, gum disease, plaque and tartar buildup, bone loss in the jaw, tooth loss, and potentially oral cancer. Your smile will look and feel much healthier if you quit smoking.
Certain antibiotics have been shown to stain teeth when given to children eight or younger whose teeth are still developing. Children are also vulnerable to tooth discoloration caused by excessive fluoride, either ingested or applied topically. People of all ages may be affected by antihistamines, medications for high blood pressure, antipsychotic drugs, and mouth rinses that contain chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride—all of which can stain teeth.
Poor Dental Hygiene
If you do eat staining foods and drinks, your teeth are more likely to be affected if you don’t adequately brush and floss every day. Poor dental hygiene can also lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. If a tooth is severely decayed or infected, it may have brown, black, or grey spots.
If your pearly whites aren’t as white as you’d like them to be, speak with an experienced cosmetic dentist at Lake Forest Dental Health Care to hear about your teeth whitening options. We offer veneers, take-home whitening kits, and in-office treatment with the state-of-the-art Pola bleaching system. To make an appointment, call Lake Forest Dental Health Care at (949) 581-1000.