Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

All on 4 Implants

Dentures can be a pain. Sure, they help you speak and eat like you have regular teeth, but they also come with their problems.

  1. Dentures can cause soreness
  2. excess saliva, and worst of all,
  3. they can slip out of position, making for really embarrassing moments

The dental industry is constantly advancing, and now, there’s a better option that will give you an new set of teeth in just one day.

All On 4 implants restore your entire smile with only – you guessed it – 4 implants.

The treatment involves just one surgery, and the cost of this procedure is much lower than other alternatives, giving you an affordable way to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Unlike dentures, All On 4 implants are securely placed deep in the jawbone, which means you’ll never have to worry about them shifting or loosening.

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To give you a better idea of how this procedure works, let’s first go through what a single dental implant looks like.

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is secured deep in your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. After the implant is put in place, a crown is attached to give you a secure and functional prosthetic tooth.

The beauty of the All On 4 implants is that you don’t need a dental implant for each one of your missing teeth.

All you need to get an entire new set of teeth on the top row of your mouth is 4 implants that are strategically placed.

The implant material is made of titanium, meaning that it’s extremely durable.

The best part of the procedure is that titanium has the ability to fuse to your bone and to function as a part of it.

That means that the All On 4 implants will become a part of your jawbone, serving as prosthetic teeth that feel and look completely natural.

The implants can also help prevent future bone loss in your jaw. Your facial structure will be maintained for a longer period of time, and your oral health will be much better.

Dr. Jae Cho has expertly perfected this technology so that you can have a perfect smile in one day.

Here’s why patients who are missing most of their teeth rely on Wildflower:

  1. Our staff takes your comfort and care seriously
  2. We use the latest technology and techniques to guarantee that your visit is a pleasant one
  3. Our goal is to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long term dental health

After you leave with a brand new smile, everyday activities will feel different – better. The dental implants are temporary, which gives them time to heal and attach correctly to your jawbone.

Once that legwork is complete, we’ll replace those temporary teeth with permanent ones, leaving you with a smile that fits your facial structure perfectly.

If you’re not sure whether the All On 4 implants are right for you, consider these questions:

  1. Are you missing most or all of your teeth?
  2. Are you tired of dealing with dentures?
  3. Do you want a new set of teeth in just one day?
  4. Do you want teeth that look and feel real?
  5. Are you ready to have teeth that are secure and won’t wiggle or move?

If you answered yes to 1 or more of these questions, we’d like to invite you to a free consultation.

We’ll scan your jawbone to help you determine if this procedure is the answer to your perfect smile dilemma.

Give us a call to find out how you can save $500 off the All On 4 procedure.

Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a progressive condition and the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults in the developed world.  Periodontal disease occurs when the toxins found in plaque begin to irritate or inflame the gingiva (gum tissue).  The resulting bacterial infection often known as gingivitis, can eventually lead to the destruction of the gum tissue and underlying bone.  If periodontal disease is not treated, it can also lead to loose teeth or tooth loss.

There are many common types of periodontal disease including aggressive, chronic, necrotizing periodontitis, and periodontitis associated with systemic diseases.  Each of these types of periodontal disease has its own distinct characteristics and symptoms, and all require prompt treatment by a dentist to halt subsequent bone and tissue loss.

Common Signs & Symptoms

It is extremely important to note that periodontal disease can progress without any signs or symptoms such as pain.  This is why regular dental checkups are exceptionally important. Described below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of periodontitis.

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, the advice of a general dentist or periodontist should be sought as soon as possible:

  • Unexplained bleeding – Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating food is one of the most common symptoms of a periodontal infection.  The toxins in plaque cause a bacterial infection which makes the tissues prone to bleeding.
  • Pain, redness or swelling – A periodontal infection may be present if the gums are swollen, red or painful for no apparent reason.  It is essential to halt the progression of the infection before the gum tissue and jaw bone have been affected.  It is also critical to treat the infection before it is carried into the bloodstream to other areas of the body.
  • Longer-looking teeth – Periodontal disease can lead to gum recession.  The toxins produced by bacteria can destroy the supporting tissue and bones, thus making the teeth look longer and the smile appear more “toothy.”
  • Bad breath/halitosis – Although breath odor can originate from back of the tongue, the lungs and stomach, from the food we consume, or from tobacco use, bad breath may be caused by old food particles which sit between the teeth and underneath the gumline.  The deeper gum pockets are able to house more debris and bacteria, causing a foul odor.
  • Loose teeth/change in bite pattern – A sign of rapidly progressing periodontitis is the loosening or shifting of the teeth in the affected area.  As the bone tissue gets destroyed, teeth that were once firmly attached to the jawbone become loose or may shift in position.
  • Pus – Pus oozing from between the teeth is a definitive sign that a periodontal infection is in progress.  The pus is a result of the body trying to fight the bacterial infection.

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

It is of paramount importance to halt the progression of periodontal disease before it causes further damage to the gum tissues and jawbone.  The dentist will initially assess the whole mouth in order to ascertain the progress of the disease.  When a diagnosis has been made, the dentist may treat the bacterial infection with antibiotics in conjunction with nonsurgical or surgical treatment or both.

In the case of moderate periodontal disease, the pockets (under the gumline) of the teeth will be completely cleared of debris using a procedure called scaling and root planing.  The pockets may be filled with antibiotics to promote good healing and kill any bacteria that remain.

Severe periodontitis can be treated in several different ways, such as:

  • Laser treatment – This can be used to reduce the size of the pockets between the teeth and the gums.
  • Tissue & bone grafting – Where a considerable amount of bone or gum tissue has been destroyed, the dentist may elect to graft new tissue by inserting a membrane to stimulate tissue growth.
  • Pocket elimination surgery – The dentist may choose to perform “flap surgery” to directly reduce the size of the gum pockets.

If you have any further questions about the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, please ask your dentist.