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While many patients focus on preventing cavities, there is an even greater and more silent threat to their oral health: gum recession. San Diego patients often come to our offices assuming their tooth sensitivity and pain is caused by a cavity only to find out it’s because of receding gums. If you’ve started to notice that your teeth look “longer”…

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When we get calls from patients that are missing teeth they often assume that they’re one of the only people suffering from it. But you’d probably be surprised to learn that 178 million Americans are also missing at least one tooth. This is actually one of the most common dental issues, and it often impacts our patient’s sense of confidence…

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When patients suffer from gum disease, they often assume that any negative consequence will be limited to just the mouth. After all, when you get a cavity all you have to do is drill out the infection, fill the void, and the problem is solved! But with gum disease, the problem can cause a whole host of other very serious…

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Have you ever heard the old adage, “Death and Taxes?” Well there are some things in life that you have no control over. But one thing that you may be able to prevent is gum recession.  Some San Diego patients may experience gum recession, even if they follow every recommendation for oral hygiene suggested by their dentist. However, there are…

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No matter the cause is of your missing teeth, the best possible treatment option to replace your missing teeth often includes the use of dental implants. San Diego patients that are suffering from missing teeth can get beautiful, natural-looking and feeling teeth that perform just as well (and sometimes better) than your natural teeth. Feel free to take a look…

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One procedure that is not very well known by many of our patients is something called “crown lengthening.” San Diego patients that suffer from several common tooth and gum ailments are often the perfect candidates for crown lengthening. In this blog post, we’re going to look at what the procedure entails. But more importantly, we’ll also examine 3 of the…

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For individuals living with missing teeth or dealing with unsteady dentures, learning about dental implants can be life-changing. After all, dental implants have a 98% success rate, look completely natural, and allow patients to live normal lives without having to think about the appearance of their smile. However, once you’ve learned about dental implants, it’s not uncommon to stop and…

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The health of your gums and your teeth can have a tremendous impact on your overall health. Gum disease has been linked to many medical conditions and disease including stroke, diabetes, heart disease, early dimentia, alzheimers, and even several cancers. That’s why dentists recommend that San Diego patients go get their teeth cleaned and inspected at least twice per year….

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We all know teeth are important, but many people don’t realize how important they are until they are gone. Missing one tooth or multiple teeth can damage a person’s self-esteem, make it difficult for them to eat or speak and even force them to stop smiling completely because they feel embarrassed. Luckily, there are new and promising innovations happening in…

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Dental implants are incredibly popular and effective for patients in San Diego that need one or more teeth replaced. Implants are small posts that are anchored in the upper or lower jawbone to act as replacements for the root portion of a missing tooth. The replacement tooth goes on top of the implant and is colored to match your existing…

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When searching for the right medical professional, it may be hard to know the right professional to call for your condition. For example, if you are having gastrointestinal pain, you may not know whether to see your general practitioner, or call a specialist in Poway. The same dilemma holds true in dentistry. Unfortunately, many people are less familiar with dental…

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Finding the right medical professional — whether it be a general practitioner, dentist, or specialist — can feel a bit overwhelming. After all, you are entrusting them to take care of your body and your health — and that is extremely important. If you’ve lived in Poway for most of your life, chances are you have also had the same…

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Like most people, you have probably been seeing a general dentist since you were young. Throughout the years, you’ve done your best to keep up with cleanings and general daily care. But now you are dealing with a condition which requires your general dentist to refer you to a periodontist in the Poway area. Don’t know what a periodontist is?…

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Many dental patients in San Diego feel helpless as they watch their gums slowly recede. Gum recession is extremely common and can happen for any number of reasons including: Gum disease Aggressive tooth brushing Genetics Gum grafting has been the traditional answer to fixing gum recession, but highly skilled periodontists like San Diego’s Dr. Tina Beck of Southern California Periodontics…

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Many Poway patients wait for an emergency situation or until they are in severe pain before considering seeing a dental professional. While it’s obvious that a missing or infected tooth requires immediate treatment, some conditions treated by a periodontist are often unrecognized. Here are five telltale signs that you need to see a periodontist: Brushing and flossing causes pain or…

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Most of my San Diego patients don’t think of their gums until they cause pain or discomfort. Other than chronic periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis, gum recession is one of the top reasons that patients come to my office. When your gums recede, they expose the sensitive part of your tooth (root) to bacteria that can cause serious damage,…

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Dental implants are a long-term solution for San Diego patients missing one or more teeth. Unlike other dental procedures, placing a dental implant will provide patients with a lifetime replacement for their missing teeth. Dental implants include three parts: Implant: A small titanium screw that replaces a tooth root. Abutment: Small metal piece that connects the implant to the prosthetic tooth…

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Dental implants are now in wide use all over the world and are often considered the standard of care for replacement of missing teeth. Is it estimated that over 5.5 million implants were placed in 2006.According to a recent report by GBI research, over 3 million americans have dental implants with an expected growth over over 500,000 more every year….

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Dental implants are becoming increasingly common and scientific meta-analyses have demonstrated 97-99% long term success rates. However, there are some basic principles and guidelines clinicians should follow to achieve high predictability and long term stability. In addition to appropriate medical screening of patients, treatment planning, and knowledge of implant-related surgical and restorative principles, there are a few additional steps we…

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By Tina Beck, DDS, MS Locally delivered antibiotics are flourishing in the commercial marketplace. Flip through any dental magazine and you will see a barrage of marketing in regard to these products. The manufacturers lead us to believe that these are the magic bullet we have been looking for in periodontal treatment. Just how effective are they? For the answer,…

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By Tina Beck, DDS, MS What do you do when a patient complains about root sensitivity? Do you have a desensitizing protocol? Here are some tips. First, it is important to recognize the cause of root sensitivity: Exposure of dentinal tubules allowing cold temperatures to stimulate the pupal nerve. The treatment of sensitivity involves either filling or blocking the open…

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By Tina Beck, DDS, MS Do you recommend that young adults have their wisdom teeth extracted? Do you believe in “prophylactic extraction,” or do you prescribe to the theory that they’re OK for now, so let’s just leave them? If the latter, then the next question is, would you recommend this for your own children? Why or why not? Now…

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