Minimally Invasive Laser Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontist in El Cajon, CA
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the care and treatment of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. Periodontists are specialists in cosmetic periodontal procedures, dental implant placement and periodontal (gum) disease treatment. Mild to moderate gum disease, called gingivitis, is treated by general dentists. The more severe form is called periodontitis, which is treated by specialists.
Offers a wide range of advanced periodontal care, like scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed).
Dr. Takai is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He was certified after passing a comprehensive and rigorous examination process covering all phases of gum disease and its treatment, including dental implants. Because periodontics is an ever changing field, Dr. Takai takes continuing education classes every year to stay on top of his field. In addition to being board-certified in periodontics he also specializes in laser periodontal therapy.
Gummy Smile Correction
When your teeth appear short your smile looks “gummy”. This is most likely not because your teeth are really too short, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To fix this this, we performs a crown lengthening procedure in which excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of your natural teeth. This advanced procedure can be performed on a single tooth to even your gum line – or on many teeth to reveal a natural-looking smile.
About Gum Disease
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the US, is the inflammation of the soft tissue, accompanied by abnormal loss of bone that holds your teeth in place. It’s caused by toxins from bacteria in plaque that accumulate along your gum line.
An early symptom of gum disease is a painless bleeding of the gums. Pain is a symptom of more advanced gum disease as the loss of bone around the teeth leads to gum pocket formation.
Also, the space between the teeth and gums eventually becomes bigger. The bacteria then become more aggressive as the space the bacteria are within deepen, causing further bone destruction and the loss of otherwise healthy teeth.