Month: <span>May 2021</span>

Don’t Ignore the Signs of Gum Disease!

Gum disease in its early stages isn’t always noticeable, especially if you’re not actively looking for the signs. However, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of gum disease to prevent an otherwise minor infection from developing into a painful, severe condition. As a leading Los Angeles periodontist, Dr. Soleymani and the rest of our team have seen exactly what can happen when gum illnesses are allowed to progress. The key is to catch problems early before they develop into the kind of cases that can endanger teeth and cause other serious problems.

What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?

Here’s what to look out for:

  • Shifting or loose teeth, which can cause changes to your bite or how dentures, retainers, or night guards fit
  • Gums that bleed when brushing, flossing, or eating — even slightly pink bristles on your toothbrush are reason enough to contact a dental professional immediately.
  • A receding gum line, which can make your teeth appear longer
  • Persistent bad breath, even after brushing
  • Pus in between teeth and gums
  • Sores, particularly along the gum line
  • Swollen and red gums

What Are the Treatments for Gum Disease?

Treatments for gum disease generally depend on the severity of the case.

Scaling and root planing – often referred to as a deep cleaning – is typically the first step. The procedure involves removing the plaque and tartar from teeth, smoothing out their surfaces to make it harder for contaminants to cling to teeth in the future, clean out any exposed pockets where bacteria can fester, and prescribe antimicrobials to help in the healing process.

Oftentimes, this treatment is enough; however, more advanced treatment options and/or supplementary procedures such as laser gum therapy, gum surgery, gum grafting, and even dental implants may also be necessary if teeth need to be extracted.

Get Gum Disease Relief From Dr. Peiman Soleymani

For effective relief from gum disease, schedule an appointment with a doctor widely considered the best periodontist in Los Angeles, Dr. Peiman Soleymani.

Contact our office via the number at the top of your screen or visit our contact page for more info.

Dental Implants: The Best Tooth Replacement Option

Dental implants are, without a doubt, the gold standard for tooth replacement. While dentures and other methods are much better than nothing, their benefits are limited and there are definite issues with convenience. For example, in the case of patients needing full dentures, the prosthesis can slip out of place when eating or talking.

Dental implant options, however, may vary in cost but they typically offer enormous benefits in terms of function, comfort, and aesthetics. For one thing, the ease of chewing with implant-based prostheses can be many times that of a full denture. Many of the sore spots and discomfort caused by a standard full denture moving against gums and jaws can be eliminated with an implant-supported prosthesis.

For patients who have lost all their teeth in one arch (row), there are two options:

  1. A removable prosthesis that sits on two or four dental implants and is removable. The advantages of this option are affordability and ease when it comes to keeping the prosthesis clean. This may be a wonderful choice for patients with a history of severe periodontal disease.
  2. A fixed prosthesis that sits on four, six, or more dental implants. This option is extremely desirable for patients who do not want a removable prosthesis and can keep up with the necessary daily oral hygiene.

Patients may desire (or need) dental implants for several reasons. Tooth loss due to trauma such as an accident is one obvious example, but patients who are suffering from deep tooth decay without enough healthy tooth structure remaining often turn to implants for optimal oral health.

Preserving Oral Health with Dental Implants

An important advantage of dental implants compared with removable denture prosthesis without dental implants (i.e., standard dentures) is added support and increase in the longevity of the remaining natural teeth.

Many times, a plain partial denture anchored to the remaining natural teeth is a step on the way to a full denture. Compared to the same situation, where dental implants are placed to add additional functional support, the remaining natural teeth generally last much longer. Additionally, the stimulation from the dental implants to replace natural teeth will help preserve the jaw bone that would otherwise be lost due to resorption.

Start the Dental Implant Process Today!

 
Dr. Soleymani can help you design a plan that is customized to help you have the best and most optimal long-term oral health.

For information on dental implants in Los Angeles, call Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center today or visit our contact page.

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