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Periodontal disease is a progressive condition where the gum tissue surrounding the teeth becomes infected. Bacteria grow above and below the gum line, eventually causing the gum tissue to separate from teeth. It is a disease that is far too common, and patients  are often surprised to find there are other serious physical complications associated with the disease. Even though patients at Marin Center for Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry know they always receive exceptional cosmetic restorations, they love knowing they are always getting exceptional care of their gums and overall oral health as well.

Periodontal disease, heart disease and stroke may seem to be completely unrelated, but research has shown that people suffering from gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. Researchers have also found that oral infection is a risk factor for stroke.
 
Heart Disease and Stroke
Research has further proven that the presence of periodontal disease can aggravate existing heart conditions.  There are several theories which may explain the link between heart disease, stroke and periodontal disease, some of which are

Oral bacteria affect the heart – There are many different strains of periodontal bacteria. Some of these strains of bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attach to the fatty plaques in the coronary arteries.  This buildup contributes to clot formation, putting the individual at greater risk.

Immune System
– Individuals who have high levels of oral bacteria may also have weaker immune systems. This may set off a chain of events that have been shown to contribute to the onset of certain forms of heart disease.

Diagnosis
Since periodontal disease appears to be a risk factor for both heart attack and stroke, it is important to seek immediate treatment.  Initially, yourhygienist or denitst  will conduct a thorough examination to assess the exact condition of the teeth, gums and jawbone.
 
Treatment
If surgery is indicated, however, patients no longer have to face invasive gum surgery. Our office uses non-surgical periodontal treatment a patient-friendly alternative to painful gum surgery. For you this means less discomfort and pain, less treatment time, and a significantly shorter recovery time.

On the day of your first procedure, we’ll numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. We use special mcirosnic instuments, anti microbial rinses and site specific antibiotics as needed.  In additon, a tiny laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and gum, and the infection is cleared away. Typically we do a section of the mouth at a time.  Also, critical to each appointment is teaching each patient the best and easiest home care techniques to maintain their oral health.

Our patients report very little discomfort after having non-surgical periodontal treatment, so it is likely that you'll be able to carry on with the rest of your day as usual. If you think you may be at risk for Periodontal Disease, please contact our office immediately at (415) 450-6284 to set up an appointment for an examination and consultation.



You’ve probably already heard that dental implants are an excellent permanent solution for missing teeth. But what are they, and why are they being used increasingly in place of traditional tooth replacement methods? At Replacement Tooth Dentistry in Novato, CA, we’re experts in this area of dentistry, so let’s take a look at the three basic components of a dental implant.

The Dental Implant Fixture

The Dental Implant Fixture is the part of the implant that is embedded in and becomes anchored to the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration”. Osseointegration simply refers to the process where the implant and surrounding tissue grow together, creating a permanent, new structure. This portion of the dental implant lies below the gum line and is sometimes referred to as the “artificial root”. The implant fixture is made of bio-compatible titanium in a screw-shaped design, and the surface is microscopically roughened, increasing its total surface area and creating greater bone-to-implant contact.

The Dental Implant Abutment

The abutment of a tooth implant is the stub portion of the fixture that will sit slightly above the gum line with a protruding surface that the crown or bridgework will rest upon. In order for the implant fixture to have time to fully integrate with the bone, the abutment is usually attached to the implant fixture by your Novato Dental Implants Dentist several months after the titanium screw portion is placed.

The Dental Prosthesis
This is the part of the implant unit that is visible and will become your new tooth. “Prosthesis” refers to the dental crown or dental bridgework that is supported by the implant and the abutment described above. Depending on how this dental work has been designed, it can either be cemented or screwed into place. The placement of the dental prosthesis is the final step in the implant process.

If you are missing one or more teeth you may be a good candidate for dental implants. But each patient has different needs, and we invite you to contact us at (415) 450-6284 to schedule a free consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you.


Left untreated, dental infections and periodontal disease will not only affect the appearance of your smile but, can destroy your oral health. Neglecting routine at-home oral and professional care places you at greater risk of losing teeth and bone density. At some point when you finally do try to “catch up” you may face painful complications that require extensive cosmetic procedures in order to restore the appearance of your smile.

Prevention is the key to maintaining a beautiful healthy smile. By making your dental care a priority you can save you the future cost and embarrassment of dental disease. At our Novato General Dentist office, one of our goals is to educate our patients on effective ways to prevent cavities and gum disease. Even the most consistent routine of brushing and flossing is not enough to maintain a healthy smile. Practicing good at-home oral hygiene is vital, but it must be paired with professional dental cleanings to be really effective.

Many of our patients understand the importance of following good oral health by following proper oral hygiene routines and avoiding damaging food and drinks. As we eat, drink, and speak a sticky bacterial film called plaque coats tooth enamel and oral tissue. Flossing and brushing help to remove some plaque build-up but cannot eliminate it completely. The plaque that is not removed hardens into a substance called tartar. Tartar continues to build up on teeth, causing dental decay, gum disease, and eventually tooth loss unless it is removed through regular professional cleanings.
 
You can take control of your dental health by:

  1. Maintaining a proactive at-home cleaning schedule (to reduce daily plaque build-up)
  2. Seeing your dentist for semi-annual professional cleanings (to remove tartar and give you a “clean slate” for brushing and flossing).

It is never too late to get back on track with your dental health routine. Start by scheduling a visit with Family Dentistry, Marin County, CA for a professional teeth cleaning to give yourself and your family the best possible chance for optimal oral health.

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