People with periodontal disease can have red and swollen gums that often bleed quite easily. It may be hard to eat because their teeth are so sensitive. They may be missing teeth. Some people with periodontal disease have very bad breath.
We diagnose periodontal disease by examining your teeth. We also use a probe to look for any problem areas. X-rays are also necessary to diagnose the disease.
Dental Implants are one of dentistry’s longest, more reliable forms of treatment used to replace teeth that have been lost or teeth with damaged roots. These durable mounts are shaped like that of a screw and securely embedded into your bone, just as your natural teeth roots are, and then attached to the replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. Implanted by a team of dental professionals, your new implant will look, feel, and function just as natural teeth do.
Once embedded, dental implants generally take between 2-6 months to fuse completely to the bone. Once this process has been completed, your restorative tooth may be placed. Unlike dentures, which are unstable, dental implants are a long-term, dependable means to replacing missing teeth.
Gingival grafting, more commonly referred to as gum grafting, refers to a number of procedures which aim to cover and protect an exposed tooth root by means of grafting oral tissue. Gum grafting is needed for patients who suffer from receding gums or have a particular area lacking gum tissue.
Benefits of gingival grafting include:
- Improved cosmetic appearance
- Reduced sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Overall improved gum and oral health
Here at Pelican Dental, we are proud to offer pinhole gum surgery as one of our services. This technique is used to treat receding gum lines without having to undergo any tissue grafting, incisions, or sutures. Pinhole gum surgery allows the natural gum tissue to cover the exposed root structure of your teeth rather than relying on donor tissue. The procedure is a minimally invasive, safe, and an effective way to treat the issue of receding gums.
- Poor Dental Hygiene
- Periodontal Disease
- Grinding or Clenching Teeth
- Tobacco Use
- Misaligned or Crowded Bite
- Oral Piercings
Gum recession can be dangerous if left untreated, as exposed roots can become easily infected and are more prone to sensitivity and tooth decay. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact us today at (310) 617-3400!
LANAP is a form of laser gum disease treatment used for patients suffering from periodontal disease. The LANAP process is the only FDA-approved laser treatment used to treat gum disease.
Who can benefit from LANAP laser treatments? Ideal candidates experience the following symptoms:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gum line
- Bone Loss