Periodontics Specialist

Lori Ann Safar, DDS -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Celebrity Smile | Lori Ann Safar, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrey Hills, CA

Gum disease is a dental problem that needs to be dealt with at the first sign of trouble. At Celebrity Smile in Torrey Hills, California, Lori Safar, DDS, will address all your periodontic needs and determine the right treatment plan to help you look and feel your best. Call or book an appointment online today for more information on the periodontal procedures that Dr. Safar offers.

Periodontics Q & A

What are periodontal procedures?

Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on treating diseases and conditions related to inflammation of the gums, including:

  • Gum disease (periodontitis and gingivitis)
  • Missing teeth
  • Tooth decay

Without proper treatment, gum inflammation — as well as inflammation of the tissues and bones surrounding the teeth — can lead to tooth decay, gum problems, or tooth loss.

What causes periodontal diseases?

Periodontal diseases are caused by bacteria buildup on your teeth and gums. When that bacteria begins to grow, it leads to chronic inflammation.

In most cases, a lack of proper oral hygiene plays a major role in the development of periodontal disease and gingivitis. However, some well-known risk factors for periodontal diseases include:

  • A history of smoking
  • Genetics
  • HIV
  • Diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Leukemia

In addition to these risk factors, common periodontal diseases also put you at risk of developing other health problems, such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Diabetes

Chronic inflammation of the gums can eventually lead to bone structure deterioration in your mouth. To lower your risk of developing periodontal disease or gum disease, talk to Dr. Safar about your prevention plan.

Can periodontal diseases be prevented?

With proper oral hygiene and routine checkups with Dr. Safar, most periodontal disease cases can be prevented.

Because periodontal diseases are caused by bacteria buildup, Dr. Safar can recommend a number of preventive measures, including:

  • Tooth brushing
  • Flossing regularly
  • Mouthwash
  • Cutting out bad habits like smoking

If you know you’re at risk of developing common periodontal diseases, it’s important to seek early intervention. Dr. Safar might also suggest silver diamine fluoride.

What is silver diamine fluoride?

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a new type of liquid fluoride Dr. Safar uses to treat cavities and tooth decay in both children and adults. SDF prevents tooth decay from spreading further and impacting the rest of your or your child's healthy teeth.

While most dentists typically use a fluoride varnish to prevent cavities, studies suggest that SDF — which is applied topically to affected teeth — is a more effective treatment to prevent further tooth decay.

In fact, while fluoride varnish must be applied up to four times a year to prevent cavity development, you may only need one SDF treatment each year to get the same results.

What happens if I don’t seek help early enough?

Gum swelling and inflammation, bleeding, tooth decay, and tooth loss are all signs that you have a periodontal disease.

If brushing, flossing, and regular checkups are no longer enough to treat your symptoms, Dr. Safar may suggest a more intensive treatment, such as:

  • Dental crowns
  • Dental crown lengthening
  • Gum surgery
  • Pocket reduction
  • Dental implants

Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Safar may recommend a combination of treatments to improve your smile and help you regain your self-esteem.

Call Celebrity Smile today or book an appointment online to learn more about the periodontal procedures Dr. Safar offers.