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After treating you for periodontal (gum) disease for some time, we may suggest you see a periodontist, a specialist in gum conditions and diseases. There are a number of reasons for a referral, including the specific type of gum disease you may have developed.

Here are 4 more reasons why seeing a periodontist might be advantageous at this stage in your dental care.

Advanced treatment. All dentists are skilled in basic treatment procedures for gum disease, particularly removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that cause and sustain infections. But if your disease has advanced deeper below the gum line and has resulted in infection-filled void pockets between teeth and gums or in gum recession (the tissues shrinking back from the teeth), you may need more advanced techniques and equipment provided by a periodontist.

Advanced Cleanings. Regular, twice-a-year office cleanings are part of every dental care program. But depending on the severity of your gum disease (and your own hygiene efforts) you may need more frequent and advanced cleanings to keep recurring infections at bay. A periodontist can provide this, as well as help you develop a daily hygiene plan that meets your needs.

Your general health. There are a number of systemic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease or pregnancy that can affect gum health. Many of these issues are tied to tissue inflammation, a major component of chronic gum disease, as well as slower tissue healing. As specialists in the gums and their relationship with the rest of the body, a periodontist can develop a treatment approach that coordinates with these other health issues.

Future restoration preparation. One of our treatment goals with gum disease is to try to prolong the life of natural teeth for as long as possible. In reality, though, some or all of your teeth may have a shortened life expectancy. If a comprehensive dental restoration is in your future, a periodontist can help prepare your gums for the inevitable. They may also be able to repair or restore gum tissues that enhance the appearance of a restoration to create a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on advanced treatment for periodontal disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Referral to a Dental Specialist.”

Find out how getting Invisalign in Lancaster, CA can improve your smile and fit seamlessly into your life.

When you think about getting a straighter smile you probably imagine traditional metal braces. Wearing metal-and-bracket braces can invisalignmake it difficult to clean your teeth, plus you won’t get to eat certain foods until after your braces come off. This makes getting orthodontic treatment seem like a less-than-appealing option. But with Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about any of that. From the office of your Lancaster, CA dentist Dr. Roland Markarian, find out how Invisalign makes life a bit easier than regular braces.

Enjoy All of Your Favorite Foods

With traditional braces, you have to nix most crunchy, chewy and hard foods from your list. No more nibbling corn on the cob at a summer picnic or enjoying that crisp crust of your pizza. But when you choose Invisalign you won’t have to change your diet at all. Just remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking, then make sure you brush your teeth and rinse your aligners before placing them back in. Don’t let your orthodontic treatment dictate what you can and can’t eat!

Brushing and Flossing is Easier

It’s so important to keep your teeth clean, particularly when you are wearing braces. With traditional braces, there are more nooks and crannies for food particles and plaque to hide. And if you aren’t thorough enough you may just end up with decay. Needless to say, it can be a challenge to brush and floss your teeth with regular braces. But with Invisalign’s removable aligners you can also just remove them prior to your oral care routine. No changing your routine and no stress during brushing sessions.

You Can Happily Participate in Sports

When it comes to playing a sport traditional braces won’t necessarily keep you from playing but with metal in your mouth, there is always the risk that a wire will break or there will be damage to your braces, which can stab at soft tissue and cause injury. Since Invisalign is custom-made from flexible, comfortable plastic and absolutely no metal hardware, you can enjoy your athletic endeavors without fear.

Smile for the Camera

Whether your college friends are into selfies or your family wants to take their annual family photo it can be stressful if you are wearing a mouth full of metal. But Invisalign’s nearly invisible aligners make sure that the only thing anyone sees in your picture is a beautiful smile. No need to feel self-conscious when wearing Invisalign!

You can achieve a straighter smile without going through the trials and tribulation of traditional braces. Call Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA today to schedule your orthodontic consultation.

By Golden Dental
April 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?

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