Huntington Beach Dentist
When you choose a professional Huntington Beach dentist for your dental needs, you receive expert, compassionate services for all dental and oral problems that include gum disease, implants, orthodontics and cosmetic deficiencies.
Lack of proper dental care can lead to tooth loss, chronic pain and even blood infection caused by bacterial mouth disease. Incidences of stroke and heart issues has also been linked to gum disease, especially untreated gingivitis developing into periodontitis. Microbes produced by periodontitis enter the blood stream and eventually find their way to coronary arteries where they cling to cholesterol plaques. This event can obstruct the flow of blood to and from the heart and ultimately create a condition conducive to heart attack or heart disease.
Did you know that leaving a cavity unfilled not only leads to tooth decay but also the growth of extremely painful abscesses and possible root canal surgery? A Huntington Beach dentist understands that fear prevents many people from visiting the dentist when bothered by a toothache. This is why our dentists provide helpful services such as applying a topical numbing solution prior to anesthetizing your mouth with a Novocain injection.
Once you are comfortable and can feel no pain in your mouth, the dentist begins filling the cavity, a procedure taking less than 15 or 20 minutes. Numbness wears off within several hours and you will no longer suffer from a toothache nor will you have to worry about future problems arising from an unfilled cavity.
Gingivitis is a common gum disease characterized by swollen, red gums that bleed, usually after brushing the teeth. Although considered a mild type of gum disease, gingivitis can be treated by simply flossing and brushing twice a day in addition to visiting a dentist twice a year for cleaning. Teeth cleaning is not a painful procedure, requiring simple scaling and polishing of the teeth with a rubber tipped instrument. Once a year your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to ensure roots and bones are in good condition.
Neglected teeth and gums frequently develop a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Symptoms of periodontitis are gums that have “pulled” away from the upper portion of teeth, sensitive teeth, persistent bad breath and visible pockets around teeth where gums have receded. Untreated periodontitis will definitely lead to tooth loss and potentially severe infections. Additionally, you may be at risk for gum disease if you smoke, are diabetic, suffer from immune system disorders and take medications causing excessive dry mouth.
Treatment of periodontitis includes removing plaque by root planing and scaling, a deep-cleaning technique that eliminates tartar at the gum line. Laser treatments are available that effectively reverse gum disease and produces less discomfort than traditional methods. To further expedite the process, your dentist may prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinses or gels that control bacterial growth and prevents additional episodes of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. For treatment of persistent gum disease, oral antibiotics may be prescribed as well.
Maintaining dental health is vital to maintaining overall health. A Huntington Beach dentist will keep your teeth clean, white and strong by providing you with comprehensive check-ups, cleanings and any other essential corrections required to enhance the condition and appearance of your mouth and teeth.