Periodontal Treatments Can Restore Your Health & Good Looks
Even Advanced Cases Can Be Successfully Treated
Do I Have Gum Disease?
One in three adults has some form of periodontitis, or a bacterial infection of the gums. Left untreated, advanced periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, weakening of the jawbone and even contribute to and/or complicate other health issues such as heart disease. The good news: even advanced stages of gum disease can be treated and the effects reversed.
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What Causes Gum Disease
Bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film, constantly forms inside your mouth, lodging in pockets between your gums and teeth. Left untreated, the plaque forms into a hard surface called tartar in less than two days, spreading bacteria that causes redness, tenderness and inflammation.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are usually enough to stop the spread of the disease. Left untreated, however, the infection can spread rapidly to surrounding tissue.
Are All Gum Diseases the Same?
No, there are many types of gum disease including:
- gingivitis, the most mild and the most common form;
- chronic periodontitis, a persistent, imbedded infection characterized by bone loss, receding gums, bleeding and soreness;
- aggressive periodontitis, an advanced infection found in preteens and young adults;
- systemic periodontitis, a condition associated with one or more systemic diseases such as diabetes;
- and necrotizing periodontitis, a severe form of ther disease commonly seen in patients with auto-immune disorders (such as HIV) and malnutrition but also common among smokers and people with poor oral hygiene.
How Do You Treat Gum Disease?
The best cure for gum disease is prevention. Good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your general dentist usually prevent and/or reverse the most common forms.
However, when periodontitis is allowed to advance, more aggressive treatment is necessary. Dr. Lim will diagnose and discuss a personal treatment plan based on your particular needs.
Dr. Lim is a pioneer in the All-on-4 Procedure!
Dental Implants - Teeth In An Hour!
A Superior Alternative to Bridges,
Partial and Full Dentures
Implants, a relatively recent development in restorative dentistry, have proven to be superior alternative to bridges, partial dentures and even full dentures when replacing lost or damaged natural teeth.
The procedure involves removing the old, diseased or damaged tooth structures and replacing them with implanted metal alloy (typically titanium) posts with natural looking ceramic crowns.
Patients with bridges and dentures experience rapid and irreversible recession of the gums in and around the missing teeth, affecting the health of the surrounding teeth. Eventually, the patient loses bone density in the jaw, the jaw bone actually recedes and becomes more brittle, also impacting the remaining natural teeth. And, most bridges and dentures wear out or become ill fitting and will need to be replaced.
- Permanent (most last a lifetime)
- Maintain the integrity of surrounding teeth, gums & jaw
- As good as, if not stronger, than natural teeth
- Less expensive, in the long run, than bridges and dentures
Ask us if implants are right for you.