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dental implants

What are my options for dental implants?

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dental implantsDental implants are the most effective, successful, and beneficial tooth replacement option. They help patients avoid the negative side effects associated with missing teeth and restore the mouth to its natural health, beauty, and function.

A missing tooth is more than just an aesthetic issue, it’s a health issue as well. When a gap remains, the neighboring teeth begin to move into the empty space which leads to crowding and crooked teeth. This also makes it more difficult to clean your teeth which raises your risk of decay, gum disease, and further tooth loss. A missing tooth also promotes jawbone deterioration that causes facial sagging—this is especially noticeable when a person is missing more than one tooth.

Dental Implant Options

If you’re missing one or more teeth, these three types of dental implants are available to you:

Single Tooth Dental Implant

For patients that are missing one or two teeth, single tooth dental implants are the most logical and beneficial option. An implant replaces each missing tooth and a dental crown is secured to the top of the implant. This restores your entire smile to its full function and stimulates the jawbone so you can avoid atrophy.

All-On-4 Implants

Also called same-day dentures, All-On-4 dental implants provide full-arch restoration. As opposed to placing a single implant for each missing tooth, dentists are able to place four implants at special angles to maximize stability. A full denture is placed on the same day to provide immediate results.

The benefits of this unique approach include:

  • Superior stability
  • Less jawbone density required
  • Faster recovery time
  • Long-lasting results

To learn if you are a candidate for All-On-4 dental implants, schedule an initial consultation with us today.

Implant-Retained Devices

Without dental implants, dental bridges and dentures lack stability, longevity, strength, and natural-looking appearance. Replacing the tooth root is essential to gaining these benefits. Implant-retained devices support jawbone health and help your dentures and bridge last longer.

An implant-retained dental bridge is best for patients with one to three missing teeth in a row. To secure the bridge, the dentist inserts two dental implants where the outermost pontics are eventually placed. These support the additional crowns.

Implant-retained dentures are similar to the All-On-4 implant procedure, but instead of four implants, six implants are typically required. Compared to traditional dentures, this option looks, feels, and acts just like natural teeth.

Dental Implant Placement

To place the implant, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Pichak Kelk, will make a small incision in your gums and insert the screw-like implant. With over 20 years of experience, you can trust Dr. Kelk to be gentle and precise! Finally, the dentist will stitch up the surgical site.

In the months following your surgery, a process called osseointegration takes place. This is when new bone cells surround the implant and fuse it to your jawbone. The implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone!

When the surgical site is healed, an abutment is placed on top of the implant and connects the implant to your crown. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and design your custom-made crown which will be ready in about two weeks.

Finally, your dentist will place the crown, and you can enjoy your fully functioning, beautiful smile!

Schedule an Initial Consultation

It’s difficult to know which dental implant option is best for you without the opinion of a dental professional. Our experienced and skilled dental team can help you make the most beneficial decision for your smile.

Call (949) 388-0780 today to schedule an initial consultation.

periodontist for gum problems

Got gum problems? Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk has treatment.

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periodontist for gum problems

Have you noticed gum problems, such as tender, swollen gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, or sensitivity or pain with hot or cold foods and beverages? If so, you may need a periodontist.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in gum problems and their treatment. At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team.

Why a periodontist for gum problems?

Problems with your gums usually indicate the presence of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Although, if you have the mildest form of gum disease, called gingivitis, you may not have or notice any symptoms. At this stage, professional teeth cleanings and improved oral hygiene habits should halt and reverse your gum disease.

However, if gingivitis is not properly treated, it progresses to periodontitis. At this point, the gum problems are too deep for a routine professional cleaning. After a thorough examination, Dr. Kelk will recommend a treatment plan based on your symptoms and the extent of your periodontitis.

Usually, the first line of treatment involves deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing. Dr. Kelk will also educate you about gum disease and treatment, including improved home hygiene. In addition, she will most likely bring you back for exams and cleanings more often than twice yearly until the gum disease is under control.

While any general dentist can treat minor periodontitis, there are several clear advantages to seeing a periodontist for gum disease. This is especially true for patients with advanced periodontitis.

Because of their extensive training and knowledge, a periodontist is your best defense against advanced gum problems, such as gum recession and bone and tooth loss.

Since gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, this is an important consideration.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who, after completing dental school, continues their education for an additional three years. During this additional training, they learn in-depth information about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum problems, as well as issues with the tissues and bone that support the teeth. They also learn all about dental implants, including their placement, maintenance, and repair.

They also become familiar with the latest technology and techniques for treating gum disease, including surgical and cosmetic treatments of the gums.

Going beyond the required training and education to specialize as a periodontist, Dr. Kelk achieved the honor of becoming board certified in periodontology. This important distinction means that Dr. Kelk meets or exceeds all the rigorous requirements and has passed comprehensive examinations in each area of periodontics, as required by the American Board of Periodontology.

It is estimated that only around 10 percent of all periodontists are board-certified, so you can rest assured you are in expert hands with Dr. Kelk.

What treatments can a periodontist perform for gum problems?

Most patients with periodontitis experience excellent resolution of symptoms with deep cleaning, improved oral hygiene, and thorough follow-up and maintenance.

However, patients with advanced periodontitis, especially those who have ignored proper treatment, may require further care.

For instance, gum disease breaks down the tissues and bone that support teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth loss. For tooth loss, Dr. Kelk can place a dental implant to replace the missing tooth and prevent further bone loss. If needed, Dr. Kelk can also perform a bone graft prior to placing the dental implant.

Other procedures Dr. Kelk performs include:

  • Gum surgery for recession or a “gummy smile”
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Gum/connective tissue/soft tissue grafts
  • Bone regeneration
  • Osseous surgery
  • Cosmetic gum surgery
  • Laser-assisted periodontal therapy
  • Reconstructive surgery that creates bone volume

For gum problems, you should choose a board-certified periodontist for treatment.

Have you noticed loose teeth or receding gums? Do your gums bleed or cause you sensitivity or tenderness? If yes, you’ll want to get treatment before things get worse.

If you are in the San Clemente, CA area, call (949) 388-0780 today to set your appointment with Dr. Kelk, your local expert in gum disease and its treatment.