Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Taly Dental Specialists’ frequently asked questions (FAQ) page. Below, you will find some of the most common questions we get asked. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us to get more information.
A dentist is a primary care dental provider that diagnoses and treats general oral health care needs. Common general dentistry procedures include extractions, fillings, and root canals.
A periodontist, on the other hand, is a specialist with advanced training and education in treating complications of the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. Periodontists specialize in dental implant placement and in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease ⏤ also called gum disease ⏤ is a serious infection of the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and other health complications such as cancer and heart disease.
Taly Dental offers a wide range of minimally invasive and surgical treatments for reversing the damage from gum disease. Our state-of-the-art LANAP® Laser Gum Surgery removes bacteria and infected tissue to save teeth that otherwise would have been removed. Call us at (619) 516-0018 to learn more about our cutting-edge treatments for periodontal disease.
Many factors ⏤ including periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, and aggressive tooth brushing ⏤ can cause gum recession. Gum tissue does not regenerate like skin and liver tissues. Therefore, receding gums do not grow back on their own.
There are many treatments, however, that can minimize the appearance of receding gums. Common treatment options for gum recession include flap surgery and gum grafting. A new minimally invasive procedure, called The Pinhole Surgical Technique, can restore receding gums without surgery.
Ideally you want strong, healthy gums to hold your implant in place. Gum disease destroys the thick soft tissue and bones needed to support a dental implant. To become a viable candidate for dental implants, you must treat gum disease first. If you have extensive gum or bone loss, your periodontist will recommend gum and bone grafting to prepare your jawbone for dental implants.
Dental implants are an invasive surgical procedure in which metal, screw-like posts are drilled deep into your jawbone. The procedure will require some form of sedation to reduce the discomfort.
Different types of sedation ⏤ ranging from local anesthetics to oral sedation ⏤ can be used before dental implantation surgery to make the experience more comfortable. Consult with the oral surgeon to find the best sedation solution for your needs.
Once the metal implant is drilled into the jawbone, you must wait for the implant to fuse with the surrounding bone. This process ⏤ known as osseointegration ⏤ can take up to six months.
After the bone has healed and united with the implant, your gum is cut open to attach the abutment ⏤ a connector with one part attached to the jawbone and the other to the crown. The gum must heal for two weeks after this minor surgery until your artificial tooth can be attached to the dental implant abutment.