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One of the best things that you can do for your entire oral health is to visit your dentist’s office at least twice a year for a teeth cleaning. San Diego patients that get their teeth professionally cleaned regularly will experience some terrific benefits. Not only can regular teeth cleaning reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, but it…

As a board certified periodontist, gums are the primary area of specialty for Dr. Beck. While your teeth are protected by enamel–the hardest substance in your body–your gums are at the mercy of your oral health. If bacteria, food, and plaque remain on your teeth, your gums will be the first to start to suffer from things like gingivitis, inflammation,…

Do you ever wonder what happens to that sticky, slimy film on your teeth when you don’t brush them before bed? That layer is called plaque, and it is made up of a mixture of dead skin cells from your gums, food particles, and bacteria from your mouth. Yuck! When plaque gets left on your teeth, it will start to…

If you’re an American aged 30 or over, there’s a one in two chance that you have gum recession. When you reach 65 years or older, your risk goes up to 70%. The problems associated with gum recession range from mild to severe and can include: Cosmetic concerns: Visible tooth root that is darker than the rest of your tooth….

Here at Southern California Periodontics & Implantology, we understand that people of all ages can experience anxiety related to dental treatment; so we strive to make your visits with us as pleasant as they are effective. In addition to our relaxing sedation options, we have equipped our treatment rooms with warm blankets, headphones and even movie glasses, to keep you…

Most of us are not born with perfectly straight teeth; and some of us are born with teeth in the wrong position or missing altogether. The most common tooth to erupt improperly is the upper canine. It is not uncommon for one to remain stuck under the gum, requiring surgical exposure to access the tooth and pull it into proper…

gingival recountering

After permanent teeth erupt during childhood, the gum tissue should slowly recede to expose the whole tooth. In some instances however, the gums do not recede properly and remain covering a large portion of the teeth, causing the appearance of short teeth and a gummy smile. This phenomenon is called altered passive eruption and may result in pocketing between the…

What is crown lengthening? Crown lengthening is a minor surgical procedure, which reshapes the gum and bone around your tooth, allowing your dentist to place a new restoration and cover the broken or decayed portion. Why do I need crown lengthening? Sometimes cavities can extend deep below the gum line and can be impossible to clean out and fill without…

  What Is a Gum Graft? A gum graft is a periodontal procedure which is used to treat receding gums. There are many different options for treating gum recession, but gum grafting is the most tried and true solution for severe recession, especially if there’s just one or two areas affected.  The technical term for a gum graft is “subepithelial…

What is a Bone Graft? There are many types of bone graft procedures done in oral and periodontal surgery. The most common types of these bone graft procedures includes the use of a bone mineral powder that is used to stimulate your stem cells to grow new bone, whether it be around a tooth or for a dental implant. This…

Extractions Several dental conditions may require the extraction (removal) of one or more teeth. Whether due to decay, trauma, or infection, a tooth extraction can bring immediate and needed pain relief! In the unfortunate event that you may require a tooth extraction, you can trust us to provide you with an honest consultation, confirm your diagnosis, discuss all of your…

People lose teeth for several reasons, the most common being due to severe gum disease or a large cavity.  Some people never grow certain adult teeth!  If you are missing one tooth or several, dental implants offer the most natural and permanent solution to restore you smile.  Dental implants can be used as a solution for replacing single or multiple missing…

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gum and the bones around your teeth, causing bleeding, pain, sensitivity, gum recession or swelling and ultimately bone destruction and tooth loss! Additionally, periodontal disease can increase a San Diego patient’s risk of stroke, heart attack, Alzheimers, pneumonia, diabetes, pregnancy complications and many other health conditions.  Any degree of periodontal disease requires…

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