Gum Disease Treatment

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 – Alhambra CA

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.

Dental Implants – Alhambra, CA

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.

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.

Revolutionary Patent for Gum Repair – Alhambra Dentist

Alhambra dentist, Dr. John Chao, was honored on June 11, 2012, at his office, by the Alhambra Mayor Barbara Messina for inventing a method of repairing receded gums, for which he was awarded two patents and a trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the assistance of patent specialist, Attorney Kumar Maheshwari from the law firm of Foley and Lardner, LLP. An article describing and authenticating this method, called the “Pinhole Surgical Technique”®, has been accepted for publication by the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.

 

Avoid Over-brusing Your Teeth – Alhambra, CA

Posted November 14th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Recession, Healthy Gums, Over-brushing

Over-brushing your teeth can occur with overly vigorous brushing, as you know.  However what is not well-known is that gum recession can also occur by using a hard toothbrush, abrasive toothpaste or not being careful with the electric tooth brush.  If you already have gum recession, use a softer tooth brush with non-abrasive toothpaste.  Before you have the opportunity to consult with a professional, you may use the “roll technique”, which calls for gently rolling the tooth brush from the gum to the teeth.  Don’t use the electric tooth brush as if you are brushing with a hand-held tooth brush.  You may be double brushing your teeth and gum and thereby cause “electric toothbrush abrasion.”  Hold the electric tooth brush gently against the surface you desire to clean.  Use the lightest pressure possible on the handle.  Don’t move the brush up and down or back and forth.  Slowly and gently move the electric toothbrush from place to place.  The electric tooth brush is already cleaning your teeth.  Putting more pressure on the handle will only produce damage to the roots and the gums.   Doubling the “pressure” does not double the fun!

Gum Disease Treatment – Accurate Diagnosis

gum-disease-treatment-caAccurate diagnosis allows for precision in treatment and minimization of discomfort and complications. The latest of our technological innovations, in the form of a 3-D cone-beam-computerized-tomography (CBCT) machine, has given a quantum leap to precision in diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions, such as periodontitis (gum disease), abscessed teeth needing endodontic treatment (root canal treatment), TMJ (disorders of the jaw joints), loss of teeth needing implant placement, oral lesions (tumors) as well as screening for such medical disorders such as sleep apnea. Dr. Chao also brings to his patients special expertise, knowledge and experience in the oral appliance treatment of sleep apnea and the use of mini dental implants for the stabilization of dentures. He has been treating sleep apnea with oral appliances since the ‘80’s and has been using mini dental implants for hundreds of denture patients since the introduction of mini-implants in 2001.

Pinhole Surgical Technique™: Breakthrough Invention In Plastic Gum Surgery

Posted June 20th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Recession, Gum Recession Treatment, Gum Treatment

Pinhole Surgical Technique™: Breakthrough Invention In Plastic Gum Surgery – Dr. John Chao – Alhambra, California.

A revolutionary suture-free plastic surgery technique for correcting receded gum line called the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST)™, invented by Dr. John Chao, has been accepted for world-wide publication by the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, one of most prestigious journals in the field of dentistry. It’s called “Pinhole Surgical Technique” ™ because through a 0.1 inch “pinhole” incision a properly trained dentist, phentermine using specially designed instruments (pending patent), can bring the gum line to its normal position. Without the need for needles and suturing, the surgeon using the PST™ can stabilize the normalized gum line with special collagen material. The in press article cites statistics that show the Pinhole Surgical Technique was effective over 90%of the time. Post-operative symptoms were minimal, with patients using only 1 or 2 non-prescription pain pills on the average.

Over 95% of the patients reported complete satisfaction with the results within one week.

Improper Brushing Can Cause Gum Recession

Posted June 9th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Recession

Over-brushing your teeth can occur with overly vigorous brushing, as you know.  However what is not well-known is that gum recession can also occur by using a hard toothbrush, abrasive toothpaste or not being careful with the electric tooth brush.  If you already have gum recession, use a softer tooth brush with non-abrasive toothpaste.  Before you have the opportunity to consult with a professional, you may use the “roll technique,” which calls for gently rolling the tooth brush from the gum to the teeth.  Don’t use the electric tooth brush as if you are brushing with a hand-held tooth brush.  You may be double brushing your teeth and gum and thereby cause “electric toothbrush abrasion.”  Hold the electric tooth brush gently against the surface you desire to clean.  Use the lightest pressure possible on the handle.  Don’t move the brush buy up and down or back and forth.  Slowly and gently move the electric toothbrush from place to place.  The electric tooth brush is already cleaning your teeth.  Putting more pressure on the handle will only produce damage to the roots and the gums.   Doubling the “pressure” does not double the fun!  Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions.  See your dentist or hygienist for clarification, if any questions arise.