Who To Visit: General Dentist Vs Periodontist

Every 6 months your teeth may need deep cleaning with a General Dentist where your General Dentist can extract a cavity if one is present. However, when you need more than just a simple tooth extraction, your General Dentist may refer you to a specialist with an extended education in the field of oral health, a Periodontist.

Understand the difference between your general dentist and a periodontal specialist.

A General Dentist can treat gum disease through routine cleanings, scaling and deep cleaning. A General Dentist can even extract your cavity and prescribing antibiotic medications for pain management if needed. When to visit a General Dentist:

  • Regular dentist check ups
  • Bi-monthly cleaning
  • Standard x-rays
  • Filling cavities
  • Root canals
  • Standard tooth extractions
  • Crown or bridges
  • Some cosmetic procedures (bonding and whitening)
  • Pediatric care
  • Non-surgical periodontal care

A Periodontal Specialist has extended education in the periodontium which focuses on the soft tissues and bones. Periodontists are needed for advanced cases of gum diseases or periodontitis. They are often presented with bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth and mouth pain. But since the main difference between a dentist and a Peridontist is the soft tissue specialty, your dentist might not be able to help you if your gums are in bad shape. Severe cases of periodontitis or gingivitis can lead to health problems like diabetes and heart diseases – and even cancer.

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How To Avoid Infections After A Dental Implant Operation

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

We know you hear this over and over again, time after time, but no kidding that this is the golden rule when it comes to warding off infections. Cleanliness is paramount when bacteria is roaming around practically everywhere in your mouth. If the site of impact is not kept as sterile as possible, bacteria will have the chance to flourish. A simple mix of warm water and salt should do the trick for the treated areas. Rinsing your mouth with a mild mouthwash is also recommended so that your mouth will not become overly dry. Also, if you remember to brush after each meal you’ll be set for life.

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Periodontal Disease Infographic: Learn The Facts

Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, gum diseases, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial well being. Get the general facts on the nation’s leading diseases and prevent yourself from getting severe periodontal disease. For more information on preventative care or to check if you are at risk, please contact us at (213) 250-7554 and schedule a consultation with periodontist David Kao.

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Evolution of Dental Implants and Osseointegration

Scientists discovered fragments of stones and seashells in the jawbones of skeletons found dating back to 600 A.D during the era of ancient Mayans. The foreign materials in the jawbone of the Mayans resulted in the early instances of implants that proved to be fused to the bone. Since then, dental implants have been developed from advanced technology with the most significant advancement occurring in the 1950s, the discovery of titanium and osseointegration.

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