Gum Disease Treatment – Alhambra CA

Gum disease is fairly common, especially if the patient in concern does not make regular visits to the dentist. One of the most common forms of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque starts to build up in the gaps between the gum and the teeth. This buildup is called tartar, and although it may only be in small amounts, the bacteria the tartar carries can produce toxins to the body that cause the gums to inflame. If this form of gum disease is not addressed properly, the gaps between the teeth and the gums can become larger.

This is something you really want to avoid because if the tartar buildup is too great it can eventually lead to tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Regular cleanings can help you avoid this situation, but we can also help you if your gum disease is more advanced. We have a number of different non-surgical methods.  As with all of our procedures, these procedures are extremely comfortable. You do not have to fear having to decide between losing your teeth or undergoing painful surgery.

Gum Lifts – Dr. John Chao

Gingivectomy, also known as gum-lifts,  involve the removal of gum to make the teeth appear longer, and the gum-line even. People who have excess gum covering the front teeth and an upper lip that comes up high when they smile are often self-conscious about their “gummy” smile. An uneven gum-line can make the teeth appear to have different lengths, which takes away from the appearance of an attractive smile.

Some Things to Consider Before Whitening Your Teeth

Knowledge as to the cause of dental staining is important as it allows the dentist to plan the technique to be used in the whitening procedure. Staining and and discoloration of teeth are caused by many factors and traditionally can be divided into extrinsic and intrinsic stains.

Extrinsic stains such as food from vegetables, from tea or coffee, smoking or from some medications can occur on the exposed surfaces of teeth. Those that are accessible by toothbrush can be easily removed. While those stains that occur along the gingival margins and interproximal areas are difficult to clean by a toothbrush. These stains can be removed by means of scaling and polishing by a dentist, or by tooth bleaching which can produce dramatic results. Currently, there are also specially formulated toothpastes available in the market to remove such stains from the teeth.

Intrinsic stains which are the result of color changes of internal structures of the teeth caused by systemic or local factors, are more difficult to remove. Examples are hereditary factors, fluorosis, trauma to teeth, systemic conditions caused by childhood illness, stains caused by antibiotics such as tetracycline during pregnancy and early childhood or stain from dental materials. Of course, the present tooth whitening procedures can remove most intrinsic stains. Teeth that stain with age seem to disappear very quickly when bleached. However those that cannot be removed by bleaching, can be improved by use of porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or composites.

Some Facts About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening with gel filled trays that are placed over your teeth is an effective way to whiten teeth by 2-5 shades. The ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down and is absorbed by the tooth’s enamel and bleaches the colored substances. Nothing in the tooth’s structure is changed at all; only the tooth is made brighter and whiter.

This treatment is long lasting. As long as you keep your exposure to staining products (coffee, red wine, etc.) to a minimum, you shouldn’t have to have a follow-up for 4-5 months.

When wearing the trays Carbamide Peroxide is slowly broken down to Hydrogen Peroxide which whitens the teeth. The 16% gel whitens more slowly but causes less tooth sensitivity. The 22% gel whitens quickly but can cause temporary sensitivity to temperatures. Both the 16% and 22% gels need to be worn for about 10-14 days to achieve maximum whiteness.
Virtually everyone who whitens their teeth will see improvement.

Are You Considering Fixing Your Smile?

Posted March 15th, 2012 by Dr. Chao and filed in Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you thinking about fixing your smile but not sure what procedures may be best for you? There are many different options available and can be catered to fit your budget.

  1. Crowns can straighten and brighten damaged teeth.
  2. Veneers of ceramic or resin composite can straighten the appearance of teeth almost instantly, camouflage gaps and irregularities, and lengthen the appearance of your teeth.
  3. Orthodontics can reposition your teeth.
  4. Recontouring of your gums can reveal more enamel with less gum tissue and make your gumline more even.
  5. Whitening and Enamel-Colored Fillings can re-energize your stressed-out smile.

Whichever procedure you choose or however you want to mix ‘n’ match them, you can count on looking completely natural.