One of the most popular dental conditions we see here in our La Habra, CA office is gum disease. Periodontal disease affects many adults and one of the most shocking things is that many adults live with this condition and they do not even know they have it until they head into our office for a dental checkup. With that in mind, patients who do not visit the dentist regularly or at all may be suffering with periodontal disease that continues to worsen day in and out. Gum disease is silent when it starts, and it would be no shock to Dr. Kenneth Cho if you had gum disease and had no symptoms. Many patients go a long time without any signs of it. When you do start to notice the signs, this means it has progressed quite a bit.
When a patient comes into Kenneth Cho Dentistry, Dr. Cho will explore with them the best tooth replacement option to include dental implants. Implants are a great choice for most patients who want or need them, but it is important to understand that dental implants cannot be placed if a patient has periodontal disease.
Below, we will talk to you about the different types of gum disease and how dental implants work and are affected by them to ensure you better understand. If you would like to schedule a checkup or consultation with Dr. Cho, do not hesitate to call our La Habra, CA office today.
Different Types of Gum and Periodontal Disease
When gum disease is left untreated, it will progress into a much more serious condition and can lead to tooth and bone loss. Below, Dr. Cho will talk about the different types of gum and periodontal disease to help you better understand them.
Gingivitis is the very first stage of gum disease and is the most common. When you have gingivitis, you will find that your gums tend to be red, swollen, and they may bleed when you brush or press on them. Typically, patients do not experience any serious symptoms during this stage and discomfort is not usually present.
This stage of gum disease occurs when patients do not properly floss and brush their teeth or when their home oral care routine is not adequate. Dr. Cho wants you to be aware that gingivitis is REVERSIBLE, especially with early detection and treatment.
There are multiple factors that can cause an individual to be more likely to develop gingivitis and those factors include:
• Systematic diseases and conditions
• Substance abuse
• Hormone fluctuations
• Genetic predisposition
• Inadequate nutrition
If gingivitis is not handled in a timely manner, the condition will turn into periodontitis. This is a more serious infection and occurs when plaque dips and grows beneath the gum line. There are toxins present in the plaque and they cause irritation of the gums and can lead to symptoms experienced by you.
The toxins within the plaque trigger an inflammatory response in the body and this then leads to your body attacking the toxins, which results in a breakdown of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.
Periodontitis is a serious condition and needs treatment. As the disease continues to develop, your gums will form pockets where the gums pull away from the teeth. These pockets continue to deepen, and the jawbone is destroyed.
When the disease first starts, you may notice little symptoms but as the disease continues to progress, the symptoms will become obvious quickly.
There are four main types of periodontitis and Dr. Cho will cover them below:
This is a condition that occurs when the gums and bone in the jaw deteriorate quickly. This form of the disease is only present in patients who are healthy.
This is a condition that occurs when the tissues around the teeth and bone become inflamed and lead to both tooth and bone loss. This is the most common form of periodontitis.
Periodontitis from Systematic Diseases
This condition typically occurs at a young age and is the result of an underlying medical condition such as a respiratory disease, heart disease, or diabetes.
This is a condition which is marked with necrosis of the gum tissues. If this condition is present, you will notice lesions on the gums. In general, you only see this type of periodontitis in patients with HIV, immunosuppression, and malnutrition.
What to Know About Dental Implants
Many patients look to dental implants because they replace missing teeth and help fill out your smile. Patients who have experienced tooth loss can regain their confidence with a new smile thanks to dental implants. Dr. Cho offers consultations for implants and would love to speak with you to tell you more about them and see if you are a good candidate for them.
Since dental implants are placed into your jawbone, it is important that you do not have any bone loss. This means that patients who have gingivitis or periodontitis cannot receive the dental implants until the infection is healed and gone. In cases where a patient has experienced bone loss, Dr. Cho can heal the infection and perform grafting procedures to help restore the bone and create a solid foundation for the implants.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, do not hesitate to call our La Habra office.
Three Phases of Dental Implants
There are three phases of dental implants and they include:
The implant is surgically placed into your jawbone. Dr. Cho will instruct you to eat a diet consisting of soft foods until the gums are healed.
This phase is when the bone and implant fuse together to create a solid foundation for the implant. This process can take several months until complete.
This is when the crowns are placed on top of the implants to provide you with a complete smile. If the crowns need to be created, temporary crowns may be placed on the implants.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants or to see if you are a good candidate, contact our office today. Dr. Cho is ready to work with you to provide you with a beautiful smile you are proud of.
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