Periodontal disease can develop when the gums become infected by lingering bacteria in the mouth. Some signs of infection include tender, swollen, or red gums. It is important to see a dentist for treatment if you develop any signs associated with periodontal disease. A dentist can begin periodontal therapy to stop the spread of infection and restore the health of your gums. Dr. Joseph DuRoss is your dentist in Long Beach, CA, for the treatment of periodontal disease.
Cause of Periodontal Disease
The chewing surfaces of the teeth contain numerous tiny pits, grooves, and crevices. Food debris and bacteria can become easily trapped in these spaces. Trapped bacteria left lingering on teeth can result in the formation of plaque and tartar buildup, as well as the development of gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is best prevented by developing and maintaining good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice daily, limiting sugar consumption, and scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
There are several signs that you may have periodontal disease. Individuals who develop any of the signs should see their Long Beach, CA, dentist for treatment. The dentist can take measures to restore the health of your gums. Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that are swollen, tender, or red
- Gums that are sensitive and bleed easily
- Gums that are beginning to recede
- Severe toothaches
- Chronic bad breath
Periodontal therapy includes several methods for stopping the spread of infection and restoring gum health. Some common methods for treating periodontal disease include:
- Scaling and root planing
- Gum grafting
- Periodontal plastic surgery
Gum grafting is a technique used to replace lost gum tissue worn away by periodontal disease. Replacing gum tissue provides support for exposed teeth. Scaling and root planing are techniques for thoroughly cleaning teeth below the gum line. Cleaning the teeth down to the root creates a healthy surface so the gums can reattach as they heal from infection. Periodontal plastic surgery is used to reshape gum tissue for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
There are several signs that you may have periodontal disease, such as receding or sensitive gums that bleed easily. For the treatment of periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. DuRoss, your dentist in Long Beach, CA, by calling the office at (562) 424-8537.
There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested in a natural-felling and stable tooth replacement, Dr. Joseph DuRoss can provide you with dental implants from his Long Beach, CA, office.
Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges, and consist of several parts:
- A titanium post inserted into the jawbone
- A screw that secures an abutment
- A crown matching the rest of your teeth
They have several advantages, including restoring full biting and chewing function, lasting a lifetime, and filling gaps to give you a wider, fuller smile. They mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, are biocompatible, and have a 95 percent success rate.
Your Long Beach dentist surgically inserts a titanium post into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. This piece provides stability and strength while preventing any weakening or shrinkage of the jawbone. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. Following this period, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
You need to take proper care of your dental implants. Some preventative measures include brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle, daily flossing as well as avoiding tobacco and drinking too much coffee and/or tea.
Professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque are also essential.
Give Us a Call!
If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call Dr. DuRoss's Long Beach office at (562) 424-8537.
Dark stains, gaps, overlapping teeth, chips...they all might make you hesitant to smile or laugh. What can you do to rejuvenate your teeth? Just ask Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA cosmetic dentist. He can show you the ways to transform those flaws into a fabulous smile!
Your best smile
Achieving this will be a collaborative effort between you and your dentist. When you come to our Long Beach for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. DuRoss, you'll discuss issues such as:
- Tooth alignment
- Dental stains
- Acquired defects such as cracks
- Odd tooth shape and size
- Obvious metal fillings
- Missing teeth
Then, depending on your preferences, health needs, budget, and other factors, you and Dr. DuRoss will agree upon a treatment plan. You may execute it all at once or progressively with one service at a time. It's up to you!
What Dr. DuRoss offers
- Composite resin bonding: Termed "an additive process" by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, this treatment adds tooth-colored resin to small flaws such as narrow gaps and small chips. Durable and seamless, composite resin lasts for years and is an economical alternative to more expensive treatments such as crowns and veneers.
- Orthodontics: A well-aligned smile is both healthy and attractive.
- Dental implants: These artificial teeth fill smile gaps, improve jaw bone density and mimic natural oral function. Patients report that their implants look and act like real teeth.
- White fillings and crowns: These restorations shore up decayed or damaged teeth with composite resin (fillings) or realistic porcelain, extending the life and usefulness of selected teeth.
- Porcelain veneers: These thin tooth-shaped laminates cover the front of teeth that are marred by large chips, deep stains, or other obvious flaws. Realistic and durable, porcelain veneers are a permanent tooth enhancement that will illuminate your smile.
Are you ready for a change?
Investigate what cosmetic dentistry can do for you! Call Dr. Joseph DuRoss's Long Beach, CA office today for an individualized consultation: (562) 424-8537.
People with missing teeth often feel as though their smile is subpar and feel ashamed of the way they look. In addition, these people may find it difficult to eat, speak, or chew. Luckily, dentures can replace your missing teeth to ensure your mouth functions as it should, and you look and feel great about the way you look. Find out more about dentures with dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA.
What are my denture options?
Dentures come in various styles which can help your smile in a number of situations. Your denture options include:
- Full denture: A full denture replaces all the teeth on an arch with one single restoration. The denture fits into the mouth and stays in place on top of the gum tissue.
- Partial denture: A partial denture incorporates any remaining natural teeth into its design, allowing the denture to fit over the teeth. The teeth act as an anchor to keep the denture in place and avoid issues like shifting thanks to the denture’s design.
- Immediate dentures: A dental laboratory creates immediate dentures before an extraction procedure. As the name implies, patients can wear the dentures immediately after their procedure. The denture even acts as a kind of band-aid while the extraction sites heal.
- Implant-supported denture: Dental implants are the gold standard of teeth replacement. Four or more implants throughout the arch can hold a permanent or removable overdenture securely in place.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures require some special care. However, these extra steps fit right into your daily oral care routine without disrupting it too much. Remove your denture and brush and floss your remaining natural teeth as you normally would. Use denture cleaner and a denture brush to carefully brush your denture, then place it into a cup of water or denture solution while you sleep. This prevents the denture from drying out or warping when not in use. If your denture is permanent, simply care for it as you would your natural teeth.
Dentures in Long Beach, CA
If you think you can benefit from dentures, you should talk with your dentist during a consultation or routine dental examination and cleaning. These visits provide you with the opportunity to address your concerns or ask questions about procedures you think may benefit you. Call your Long Beach dentist today at (562) 424-8537!
You want to keep a healthy smile. How often should you visit Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your dentist in Long Beach, CA? He and his dedicated team of professionals partner with you in maintaining good oral health. Read on to learn the whys, hows and how often of preventive dentistry.
The American Dental Association (ADA) promotes a simple rule: brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and floss around them daily. These oral hygiene habits eliminate bad breath, remove dental stains and reduce plaque and tartar. Because of their indwelling bacteria, plaque and tartar cause tooth decay and gum disease, both major causes of tooth loss. So regular at-home care is key to preventing oral health issues.
Both the ADA and Dr. DuRoss agree that most patients (toddlers through adults of senior age) should visit the dentist twice a year. A semi-annual hygienic cleaning removes the plaque and tartar that brushing alone cannot. The hygienist looks for any signs of gum disease, decay and oral cancer, and takes X-rays as scheduled.
Then, your Long Beach dentist performs his examination. Complete check-ups uncover signs of decay, gum disease and oral cancer early before they become complex and harder to treat.
Here are the assessments Dr. DuRoss performs with every six-month examination:
- A check for tooth decay and signs of gum disease
- An assessment of existing restorations such as crowns, fillings, dental implants and veneers
- A check of dental bite (how teeth come together) and jaw joint function
- Visual inspection of gums, tongue, lips, the back of the throat and more for signs of oral cancer
Dr. DuRoss will share his findings with you and explain what preventive, restorative and cosmetic care you need to have bright, healthy teeth and gums going forward.
A note on emergency care
If you or a loved one suffer a cracked tooth, throbbing toothache or other dental emergencies, call Dr. DuRoss right away for first aid advice and an appointment if necessary. Urgent dental matters are always a reason to see your family dentist.
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Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Visiting Dr. DuRoss semi-annually (or as often as he advises) protects your smile for life. To arrange your regular cleaning and examination. please call the office at (562) 424-8537.
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