Are Your Teeth And Gums Healthy?
If your gums are red, swollen or irritated, or if an attempt to brush or floss has resulted in bleeding gums or reddened floss, give us a call or come in today for gentle treatment and effective relief. Periodontal dentistry specializes in locating, treating or preventing periodontal diseases and focusing care around the gums, bone and ligaments surrounding the teeth. With our conservative treatments in periodontal care, we deliver advanced root planing “deep cleaning,” crown lengthening and dental implants to support a better quality of life for our patients.
Do I Have Gum Disease?
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common oral disease that can occur painlessly at first--but for many Americans it is also known as the leading cause of tooth loss in adults today. Because this irritable disease is known to progress rapidly over time, it is important to come in for regular six month appointments at the dentist for a cleaning and exam of potential symptoms:
- receding gums or teeth that appear longer
- gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
- inflammation in the gums (gingivitis)
At your six month appointment, Dr. Chong is able to deliver a professional examination and cleaning of your teeth to check for signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. Depending on your specific dental condition a range of treatments may be used to prevent or protect yourself from risks of gum disease. Of course, the best levels of care involve practicing a good dental hygiene routine at home with regular brushing or flossing.
Deep Cleaning for Professional Care
Root Planing and Scaling
Deep Cleanings For Professional Care
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) have a significant advantage at removing plaque, bacteria and tartar buildup between and around the teeth. But in cases where gum disease is more advanced (such as the development of Periodontics), root planing or scaling may be used to uncover and remove bacteria buildup that has fallen below the gums. For teeth that appear longer due to a receding gum line or where an abscess has grown in the gums, root planing or scaling may be needed to restore the health of the tooth.
Replacing Teeth After Tooth Loss
Over half of Americans over the age of 35 have experienced tooth loss as a result of decay, injury or gum disease. When one or more teeth are lost, everything from the way we are able to bite, chew and speak is obstructed and even the way we are able to clean our teeth can become difficult. To reduce the rapid degeneration of bone density in the jaw and prevent other teeth from shifting in place or changing your bite, dental implants are an effective tooth replacement option to replace missing teeth with a permanently fixed dental crown. Once they are placed, dental implants may look and feel just like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ pain
Children, adults and even seniors can experience a change in their bite or the alignment of their teeth when tooth loss, crowding or other biting issues (or malocclusions) disrupt the way our smiles are formed. In cases where we’ve developed jaw pain (known as TMJ disorder or TMD) or experience sleep apnea when a dental problem causes us to snore, a consultation with Dr. Chong can uncover the cause of your pain or discomfort. Using reliable advanced technology to assess your dental health condition he is able to discuss with you a proper treatment plan to preserve the health of your teeth and encourage your smile back into its proper fit and alignment. Whether you need a customized night guard to reduce snoring, teeth grinding or TMJ pain, or require therapeutic pain relief with laser dentistry treatments, scheduling an appointment today can be the first step towards achieving a more comfortable lifestyle.
Six Month Appointments
Your Visit With Dr. Chong
At Carlos Chong Family Dentistry in Encinitas, we believe in practicing preventive care to preserve and protect your dental health using the most gentle and painless methods. No matter if a chronic toothache is keeping you up or it’s been a couple years since your last checkup, our office wants to welcome you to a positive dental experience with us. To schedule a consultation or find a convenient appointment time, give us a call at 760-634-7980, where we’re happy to see you smile!