All Coast Dental

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Do You Have Periodontal Disease?


Did you know that it’s abnormal for your gums to bleed while brushing your teeth? Your hands shouldn’t bleed when you wash them, but many people seem to think that bleeding from the gums is normal. In actuality, this is a sign of an underlying issue. We at All Coast Dental dedicate our time and expertise to educating our patients about good oral health. Your Pacific, CA dentist will help you achieve that smile you’ve been longing for.




If your gums are swollen and bleeding, these are signs of the beginning stages of periodontal disease known as gingivitis. The gums have been infected with bacteria-infested plaque, which is usually caused by poor dental hygiene or pre-existing conditions. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of the disease, where the teeth can actually be loosened and fall out.




Factors that increase your risk of periodontal disease include:




- Chronic stress


- Certain medications such as antidepressants, diuretics, high blood pressure meds, seizure-controlling meds, and calcium blockers


- Poor nutrition


- Fluctuating hormones


- Diseases such as diabetes, leukemia, inflammatory bowel disease, and HIV


- Teeth grinding


- Crooked or crowded teeth


- Tobacco use


- Genetics



Do you have bleeding gums? Come in for a visit so we can check your mouth and begin you on a treatment plan. All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.


 



Thursday, January 2, 2020

Bondings and Fillings


Chipping or breaking a tooth can be very painful. It can also leave the tooth misshapen or with a sharpened edge that could hurt the inside of your mouth. Dental bonding and fillings assist in rebuilding the affected tooth with special materials. We at All Coast Dental are proud to offer both of these procedures to our patients. We are committed to helping fix your smile when unexpected chips and breaks occur!


 


Dental bonding restores the natural shape of your tooth by using composite resin matched to your specific tooth color. In cases of accidental damage or minor decay, it is an inexpensive way to restore the look of the tooth to its normal healthy self. Dental bonding can also be used for protecting the roots of your teeth. Receding gums exposing the tooth root allow bacteria in easily, making them more susceptible to infection.


 


Dental fillings focus more on restorative efforts rather than cosmetic ones since they are stronger and more durable than dental bonding. This method also has a low cost, but is the better option over dental bonding in the long run. Whereas dental bonding fixes the outside of the tooth, dental fillings fix the inside of a tooth damaged from decay or breakage. For back teeth, it’s better to use metal fillings so that it can better withstand the force of chewing. 


 


All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information about bonding and fillings or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.


 



Thursday, December 26, 2019

Gum Abscesses

Are your gums red and swollen? Do you see blood when you spit toothpaste? If so, that’s common, but it’s not healthy. At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, we take gum disease very seriously, and want our patients to understand all of its signs and complications. We encourage you to see us for a cleaning soon if you’re experiencing gingivitis, because if left untreated, you could develop a gum abscess.


An abscess is a hollow space where pus accumulates. Pus is the mixture of bacteria, dead tissue, and acid that builds up as the result of an infection. When a person has gingivitis, which is the lesser form of gum disease, an abscess may develop near the gum line. This would be called a gingival abscess. By contrast, a periodontal abscess forms when a person has periodontitis, the more severe form of gum disease. When a gum infection is advanced, it will cause the walls of the gum pocket to loosen and recede from a tooth root. Pus could accumulate in this hollow space, leaving the patient not only in pain and with a persistent bad taste in their mouth, but also at risk of fever and jaw bone deterioration.


We can lance and drain the pus from an abscess, but to truly kill the infection, we’ll have to remove the dead tissue. X-rays will reveal whether a patient’s dental pulp is also infected, in which case they’ll need a root canal procedure. Once the infection is removed, we will smooth down the tooth’s root by a process called planing so it will be easier to clean at future appointments. Patients will also need to take antibiotics following treatment for an abscess to ensure the infection won’t return.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Denture Stomatitis

When people get dentures, they instantly experience a massive boost in their dental function, comfort, and self-confidence. But they will also have to make some adjustments to their oral hygiene in order to keep their new oral appliances in good working condition. We’ve assisted a lot of people with prosthetic teeth at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, and to further our patients’ oral hygiene aims, we wanted to discuss denture stomatitis.


Yeast infections, known as stomatitis, are caused by species of fungus called Candida. Although they are normally present in the mouth, saliva contains enzymes that breaks them down and keep their population under control. When a person is suffering from dry mouth, yeast may develop into large enough colonies to cause red sores, which often may be found on the roofs of the mouths of people who wear dentures. It seems that the soft plastic of the denture covering the upper palate prevents saliva from reaching that area. Yeast infections may also develop on the undersides of dentures, where they rest on the gums.


For most people, yeast infections can be avoided by brushing the mouth and the denture twice a day. We recommend brushing the gums before inserting the denture in order to increase their bloodflow. Using a separate toothbrush for the denture ensures it won’t be scratched by fluoridated toothpaste, which is more appropriate for natural teeth. Stomatitis often isn’t painful at first, so patients will have to regularly examine themselves for it.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tooth Extraction Site Preservation


Sometimes pulling teeth is a necessary procedure for overcrowding in the mouth or infection due to tooth decay. It isn’t a procedure to be taken lightly. Like wisdom teeth removal where they are located in the back of the mouth and sutures are used, the tooth extraction site essentially becomes an open wound, one that needs to be monitored and given time to heal. We at All Coast Dental understand that getting a tooth pulled isn’t very fun, but we are committed to making the procedure and healing process as comfortable as we can for our patients. 




If you ever think your healing process doesn’t feel normal, you should contact your Pacific, CA dentist. Signs of complications include:




- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain


- Severe nausea or vomiting


- Redness, swelling, or excessive discharge from the extraction site


- Signs of infection, such as fever and chills




Something else to keep in mind when removing teeth is what to do with that open space once it has healed. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done to the extraction site, your jaw bone will degenerate and change shape while the site heals. This can create problems in your bite and may affect chewing and speaking. Make sure you and your dentist come up with a plan to fill this space.



All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information about nightguards or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.


 



Thursday, December 5, 2019

Nightguards


Nightguards are placed in the mouth to act as a “cushion” during sleep to prevent someone from grinding or gnashing their teeth together. Some people actually do this during the day as well. Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, damages enamel, wears down teeth, causes jaw pain, and irritates gums. If you think you are grinding your teeth, we at All Coast Dental in Pacific can help.




Severe teeth grinding can lead to tension-type headaches and disorders in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), where a clicking noise is heard when you open and close your mouth. Teeth grinding has also been seen in quite a few children. According to WebMD, “approximately 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth.” The first step to preventing teeth grinding is to determine what is causing it. Sometimes a nightguard or change in lifestyle is all you need to prevent it.




There are several factors that increase the chances of grinding your teeth:




- Stress and anxiety


- Age (though common in children, bruxism goes away by adulthood)


- Aggressive or competitive personality type


- Psychiatric medications


- Smoking tobacco


- Consuming caffeine or alcohol


- Family history of teeth grinding


- Other disorders such as Parkinson's, dementia, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), epilepsy, night terrors, sleep apnea, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)



All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information about nightguards or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.


 



Thursday, November 28, 2019

Digital X-Rays


The advancements in dental technology have now made it easier for dentists to deliver efficient care and diagnoses to their patients. One such advancement is digital x-rays, which are becoming a staple in dental practices all over the country. We at All Coast Dental are always looking to stay up to date with the latest technology, products, and treatments. Digital x-rays allow us to look more closely at your teeth than we ever have before!




A digital x-ray takes an image of your teeth and puts it into an imaging program. With special tools exclusive to this imaging program, your dedicated California dentist can take a closer look at your teeth with impeccable accuracy. Digital x-rays emit eighty percent less radiation than a standard x-ray since they are actually sensitive to radiation. This is a great benefit to the patient since the patient is exposed to less radiation. Digital x-rays can be classified as intraoral (inside the mouth) or extraoral (outside the mouth), though intraoral x-rays are the most commonly taken.




Intraoral x-rays allow your us to:




- Observe the status of developing teeth


- Monitor tooth health


- Look at the tooth roots


- Find cavities


- Check the health of the bony area around the tooth


- Determine if there are signs of periodontal disease



All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information about digital x-rays or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.