Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is more common than you may think. Gum disease is an inflammation and infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Gum disease can also negatively affect the health of the rest of your body. Numerous studies have shown that the periodontitis is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy complications. At our office Dr. Kim, a board certified periodontist can help you with his extensive knowledge and experiences to make sure your gum is healthy.
Symptoms are often not noticeable until the disease is advanced. They include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
DR. KIM WITH HIS PERIODONTAL TRAINING CAN TREAT GUM DISEASE SURGICALLY TO ELIMINATE GUM POCKETS THAT ACCUMULATE HARMFUL BACTERIA. PERIODONTAL DISEASE CAN BE TREATED BY REGENERATING PERIODONTAL TISSUE (BONE AND GUM) AND ALSO BY REMOVING DISEASED TISSUE.
CROWN LENGTHENING IS DONE WHEN A TOOTH NEEDS TO BE RESTORED BUT NOT ENOUGH OF THE TOOTH STICKS OUT ABOVE THE GUM TO SUPPORT A FILLING OR CROWN. THIS IS A COMMON SURGICAL PROCEDURE WHICH A DENTIST REMOVES GUM TISSUE, BONE OR BOTH TO EXPOSE MORE OF A TOOTH GUM TISSUE. IT IS ALSO DONE TO ADDRESS “GUMMY” SMILE AND FIX THE TEETH THAT APPEAR SHORT DUE TO TOO MUCH.
THE “SINUS LIFT” IS A BONE-GRAFTING PROCEDURE THAT IS REQUIRED WHEN THE HEIGHT OF BONE FOUND IN A PATIENT’S UPPER JAW (IN THE REGION ORIGINALLY OCCUPIED BY THEIR BICUSPID OR MOLAR TEETH) IS INADEQUATE TO ACCOMMODATE THE LENGTH OF A DENTAL IMPLANT. WITH HIS EXPERTISE, DR. KIM CAN MANAGE ADVANCED SURGICAL PROCEDURES INCLUDING SINUS LIFT AND OTHER BONE GRAFTING PROCEDURES.
DENTAL LASER PROVIDES PAINLESS, FAST & EFFECTIVE DENTAL SERVICES. OUR DENTAL OFFICE HAS AN OPUS DUO DENTAL LASER THAT PERFORMS A HOST OF PROCEDURES, BOTH HARD AND SOFT TISSUE AROUND TEETH AND DENTAL IMPLANTS. FOR SOFT TISSUE PROCEDURES DENTAL LASER OFTEN ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR THE SUTURING AND HEALING IS MUCH FASTER DUE TO WOUND STERILIZATION AND LESS TRAUMATIC EFFECT OF THE LASER ON SURROUND TISSUES.
EXTRACTIONS ARE PERFORMED FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF REASONS, BUT MOST COMMONLY TO REMOVE TEETH THAT HAVE BECOME UNRESTORABLE THROUGH TOOTH DECAY, PERIODONTAL DISEASE OR DENTAL TRAUMA, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TOOTHACHE. SOMETIMES WISDOM TEETH ARE IMPACTED (STUCK AND UNABLE TO GROW NORMALLY INTO THE MOUTH) AND MAY CAUSE RECURRENT INFECTIONS OF THE GUM. IT IS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE THE BONE WITH GENTLE EXTRACTION AND BONE GRAFTING, ESPECIALLY TO RECEIVE FUTURE DENTAL TREATMENTS INCLUDING, IMPLANTS, BRIDGES, OR DENTURES.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANNING, ALSO KNOWN AS A DENTAL DEEP CLEANING, IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR CLEANING.
A REGULAR CLEANING FOCUSES ON THE SURFACES OF THE TEETH AND BETWEEN TEETH ABOVE THE GUM LINE. A SCALING AND ROOT PLANNING IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO REMOVE BACTERIA, CALCULUS (TARTAR), AND DEBRIS THAT HAS COLLECTED UNDER THE GUM LINE.