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How Do I Restore My Oral Health When I Have Periodontal Disease?

How Do I Restore My Oral Health When I Have Periodontal Disease?

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 7:00 am.

Did you know that more than half of Americans over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease? If left untreated, the unfortunate outcome is often tooth loss. The good news is that there are many successful treatment options for periodontal disease!

From Gingivitis to Periodontitis

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which results from bacterial plaque left sitting on teeth. If addressed in the early stages, gingivitis is easily reversible. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, along with scheduling your professional cleaning at our dental office, is usually all it takes to treat gingivitis.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious condition called periodontitis, eventually leading to pockets developing between your gums and teeth. Periodontitis can affect your gum tissue, along with the bones and ligaments that support your teeth, potentially leading to tooth loss.

What Are the Treatments for Periodontal Disease?

The first step in treating periodontitis is a nonsurgical treatment known as scaling and root planing. This procedure involves scraping off the tarter that has built up on your teeth above and below your gum line. Next, we will smooth out rough spots on your tooth roots, making it more difficult for plaque buildup and for bacteria to collect. Your gums should heal and reattach to the healthy, clean surfaces of your teeth.

If the gum inflammation and pockets persist, we may recommend a periodontal pocket reduction or flap surgery. During this procedure, we remove bacteria in the pockets that have formed alongside your teeth, and smooth areas of damaged bone to allow the gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone.

In severe cases of periodontitis, you may need bone or tissue grafts to replace the affected tissue. You may also require a procedure called guided tissue regeneration, in which a small piece of mesh is placed between your jaw bone and gums to allow the bones and tissue to regrow.

Periodontal Maintenance

After periodontal treatment, you will need meticulous homecare to keep the disease from recurring. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. We may recommend prescription-strength antimicrobial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria in areas of your mouth that are hard to reach. We will also likely recommend more frequent checkups and cleaning appointments to ensure that your gums stay healthy.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about maintaining your oral health. We are firm believers that the best treatment is prevention, so we encourage you to keep up with your oral hygiene practices at home, as well as scheduling your dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. We are here to help you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime!

The Invisalign Advantage

The Invisalign Advantage

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 8:00 am.

If you have been putting off needed orthodontic treatment because you are worried about how you will look with braces, the Invisalign advantage may offer the solution for you. With virtually invisible clear aligners, you’ll achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile without anyone knowing!

Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

Both Invisalign and metal braces offer orthodontic solutions to align your teeth and improve your oral health. Braces usually come with brackets we cement to your teeth and connect using a wire. We periodically tighten the wire as needed to shift your teeth into alignment.

Invisalign, on the other hand, offers a discreet way to straighten your teeth. You will wear virtually invisible clear aligner trays which will gently move your teeth into place. X-rays, images, and impressions taken at our office will be used to produce a 3D model of your teeth, which we use to configure your aligner trays.

What Conditions Can Invisalign Address?

Invisalign offers an excellent solution for correcting a broad range of mild to complex orthodontic needs including the following:

Crooked Teeth: Crooked teeth may result in many problems including increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Invisalign Clear Aligners work to shift teeth into place, delivering healthier teeth and gums, along with a confident smile!

Bite Problems: Overbites and Underbites can prevent the normal function of your front teeth or your molars, leading to gum irritation, tooth wear and painful jaw and joint problems. Crossbites can cause tooth wear, gum disease, and bone loss.

Gaps Between Teeth: These may lead to gum problems, periodontal pockets, and increased risk of periodontal disease.

Crowded Teeth: If left untreated, crowding of teeth may get worse over time, resulting in severely crooked teeth which can potentially lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an elevated risk of developing gum disease.

The Invisalign Advantage

Your Invisalign clear aligners will transform your smile without impacting your life. You can remove them, enabling you to clean your teeth, eat anything you like, and enjoy your favorite activities.

Invisalign clear aligners have been shown to significantly reduce the time it takes to complete your orthodontic treatment. They also work well to correct many complex cases. The secret lies in the SmartForce and SmartTrack proprietary material, which allows us to shift your teeth into place with precision. With Invisalign, you’ll achieve your perfectly straight smile without anyone knowing!

Are You Ready for a Straight Smile?

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about the Invisalign advantage and how it can help deliver the smile of your dreams! There’s no reason to wait. Call today!

How Do Veneers Help My Smile?

How Do Veneers Help My Smile?

Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 6:09 pm.

Have you been considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure to mask imperfections or gapped teeth? If so, dental veneers may be the solution you seek. With stunning, natural-looking results, you’ll flash your smile with confidence. Your dedicated team at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry is here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

What Are Dental Veneers?

With the large selection of cosmetic dentistry procedures available to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, dental veneers are considered one of the most conservative approaches.  Our veneers are custom-made, durable shells that we cement directly on your tooth mask or correct any imperfections. We usually complete the procedure without the need for any anesthetic. We remove a minimal amount of enamel from the front and side of the tooth, making room to attach the veneer.

After preparing the tooth, we take impressions of your teeth and send them to our dental laboratory to craft your custom veneers. We will fit you with temporary restorations which will give you an idea of how your smile will look. When ready, we will bond your new veneers to your teeth, delivering a natural looking, incredible smile.

How Can Veneers Help Your Smile?

Veneers provide a cosmetic solution for many different conditions. We use them to reshape crooked, misaligned, misshapen teeth, close unwanted gaps between your teeth, and to mask severely discolored teeth giving you the straight, white smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers are often used as alternatives to crowns, restoring worn, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Not only will your smile look great, but your restored teeth will look and feel so natural, you’ll likely forget they are even there!

Are You Ready for a Perfect Smile?

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn all about dental veneers along with our other cosmetic dentistry procedures. We are here to answer all your questions and always strive to provide you with care second to none. We look forward to helping you enjoy a stunning smile for years to come!

Why Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?

Why Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?

Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

Have you been told you are in need of a root canal treatment? Despite what you may have heard, it is not a frightening dental procedure. In fact, it can relieve your tooth pain and save your tooth. Millions of root canal treatments are performed each year, and Dr. May Conte D.D.S. is here to provide you with personalized, quality care.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

You will likely need root canal therapy if the pulp and nerve of your tooth suffer damage due to decay, infection, or trauma. The infected pulp and nerve must be removed along with the bacteria and the decay to save your tooth.

Without a required tooth canal, your tooth would continue to decay, and the infection would spread, eventually leading to bone and tooth loss. Replacing a missing tooth can be a costly procedure. If you leave the gap made by a missing tooth, you may experience bone loss and the surrounding teeth may gradually shift into the space causing many other oral problems.

What Are the Signs I Need Root Canal Therapy?

You may notice an oozing, pimple-like presence on your gum that may indicate that you have an abscess. You may feel pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, or swelling and tenderness in the area. You may not experience any symptoms, so it’s important to keep up with your routine checkups and cleanings so that we can spot any problem before it progresses.

How Does a Root Canal Treatment Save My Tooth?

After removing the inflamed or infected pulp, the inside of your root canal is carefully cleaned and shaped; then filled with a dental filling that will work to prevent bacteria from forming. Next, a crown is placed to protect your tooth and restore it to its full function. After restoration, your tooth will look and feel just like your natural teeth.

Your Dental Care Starts Here

Visit Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn all about restorative dentistry procedures. We are happy to answer all your questions and are committed to providing you with care second to none. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, bright smile for years to come!

4 Reasons to Get an Oral Cancer Screening

4 Reasons to Get an Oral Cancer Screening

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 11:39 pm.

Oral cancer is no joking matter with a five-year survival rate as low as 60%. Preventative care’s primary goal is to diagnose and treat any existing or potential problems before they progress. Make sure to protect yourself by getting an oral cancer screening along with your routine checkups and cleanings. Keep in mind that early detection is key to positive outcomes!

Following are four reasons you should schedule your oral cancer screening today.

#1 It Is Easy

Oral cancer screenings are quick, simple, and painless. We can easily perform them during your regular dental exam. All we do is check your mouth for oral cancer signs that we are trained to spot. We will examine your lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth, and sometimes your throat. We look out for any red or white patches, or any abnormal color, texture, or swelling. We will also feel the area below your jaw and the side of your neck for any lumps indicative of cancer.

 

#2 It Can Save Your Life

If you get an oral cancer screening during every routine dental exam, your chances of identifying and treating the disease early increases. That can improve your chances of survival because you will be able to contain the condition before it spreads and progresses. Keep in mind that your screening is your first line of defense against oral cancer.

 

#3 It Is Inexpensive

If you include an oral cancer screening with your regular dental exam, it does not entail any significant extra costs, unless follow-up procedures are needed. There is just no reason for your not to get your oral cancer screening today!

 

#4 It Is Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

Even if no oral cancer is detected, isn’t it better to know that for sure? If every person conducted an oral cancer screening routinely, many more cases would be caught early on, giving many people a better chance of survival!

 

Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening Today

Visit Dr. May Conte in the Valencia area to learn about oral cancer screening and our preventative procedures. We are committed to enhancing your health by giving you the highest level of personalized quality dental care. We are here for you every step of the way!