When To Visit A General Dentist VS. A Periodontist

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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….

What Is The Best Way To Choose A Periodontist?

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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…

What Can I Expect During The First Visit With My Periodontist?

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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…

Restoring Your Smile With The Pinhole Surgical Technique

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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…

5 Signs You Should Visit a Periodontist

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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…

What Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

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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…

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

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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…

Achieving Success with Dental Implants: Part 2

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Dental implants are now in wide use all over the world and are often considered the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth. It is estimated that over 5.5 million implants were placed in 2006. According to a recent report by GBI research,…

Achieving Success with Dental Implants: Part 1

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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,…

How Effective are Locally Delivered Antibiotics?

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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…