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Did you know that most tooth loss in people over the age of 35 is caused by periodontal disease? It's true - periodontal disease is the main cause of losing the bone that holds your teeth in place. When the disease becomes severe enough, teeth get loose enough to eventually fall out.
Fortunately, all of this can be combated with good hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing as recommended is essential, and so is getting your cleanings at the frequency your Dentist recommends to keep your gums healthy. The goal is to suppress the periodontal disease by staying on a schedule of basic preventative cleanings, which is the healthiest and most affordable long-term.
If you haven't had the best habits in the past, don't worry - we can get you on track in the healthiest and most affordable way. If the periodontal disease has advanced beyond what a basic prophylactic cleaning can treat, but hasn't progressed to the point of needing surgery, the best defense is to perform a "scaling and root planing" procedure (also known as a "deep cleaning"). This procedure, when followed by timely periodontal maintenance visits and strict brushing and flossing habits, is aimed to prevent gum surgery, and can sometimes do so indefinitely.
On your full examination visit, your Doctor will inform you of what the best next course of action to keep your gums healthy should be. Better yet, you will know exactly why you receive every diagnosis when we educate you with your probe readings, high-resolution imagery, and digital X-Rays. At Calm Dental, you will have high confidence in our diagnoses because, well, you'll know exactly what our Doctors know - no surprises!
Please note that because of the above, every patient requires a different amount of time for their cleaning. We value all our patients' time, and we would never rush a cleaning or make our next patient wait because we made a non-clinical assumption before seeing a patient. Therefore, although we do our best to accommodate you, first-visit cleanings are not a service we provide as a guarantee. Having said that, we always do our best to utilize any availability in our schedule while delivering a quality cleaning. While some other offices may guarantee a same-day cleaning, we feel that this is not something desirable, as it would ensure that your hygienist would be rushed and compromise the quality of the cleaning. Over 50% of the adult population is missing over half of their teeth - cleanings are serious.
Laser Gum Surgery
If your gum-pockets have grown too deep and you've been diagnosed for gum surgery, there's now a less invasive solution! Laser gum therapy, known as LANAP, is a new procedure that uses a laser to treat infected tissue and then allows the mouth and gums to heal. Laser therapy is a great advancement because you don't need to cut away gum tissue as with traditional gum surgery. This means you will experience much less discomfort and swelling, with shorter recovery times. Calm Dental doctors are among very few dentists (less than 1%) who are trained and licensed to perform LANAP.
LANAP successfully treats moderate to severe gum disease and can specifically help you if you would like to keep your own natural teeth and will commit to a periodontal maintenance program. Call our office today for an exam and consultation to see if you are a candidate for LANAP.
Dental implants are fast becoming the preferred way to replace a natural tooth. With a dental implant, there are two parts: a titanium post and a crown (or cap). The titanium post fuses to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. With the healing process, the post becomes part of your jaw, creating an anchor for the crown. This gives your implant the strength of a healthy, natural tooth.
Dr. Ramtin Khaef is a specialist in placing dental implants and will design your crown based upon your preferences and aesthetic desires. Once your new implant is fully healed and the crown placed, it will function and feel exactly like the original tooth. Although implants are meant to last a lifetime, they need care just like a natural tooth.
Contact Calm Dental to schedule an exam and consultation for a dental implant or learn more about the process.