What To Expect When Visiting San Diego Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
If you are concerned that you suffer from recession, gingivitis, gum disease, or periodontal disease, you should visit a periodontist as soon as possible for treatment. The quicker your gingivitis or periodontal disease is treated, the more successful the treatment will be. Because gum disease can lead to tooth loss, infections, and other serious dental problems, it’s important to maintain preventative dental care and recognize the early warning signs of the disease. Here is what you can expect at your first visit.
Medical and Dental History
We will first take your medical and dental history. Many diseases and medications can affect your oral health, so you should be as specific and detailed as possible. Diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. Nicotine, tobacco and alcohol use can also put you at higher risk. Some types of gum disease may run in families, so it is important for us to know if you have a family history of gum disease.
After reviewing your medical and dental history, Dr. Kwok will perform a comprehensive periodontal examination and evaluation. He will exam your head, neck, and jaw, and will check for signs of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. He will also examine your mouth, throat, teeth, and gums. We may take dental x-rays if we are unable to obtain recent ones from your general dentist to determine if you are suffering from any bone loss as a result of periodontal disease.
Dental Treatment Plan
Dr. Kwok has the certification and expertise in providing the latest minimally invasive techniques to treat your periodontal condition with the best care science has to offer. He is certified in laser assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) to treat gum disease, the Chao pinhole technique to treat recession, and has years of specialty training in dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dr. Kwok will combine his wealth of knowledge and skills to tailor a comprehensive treatment plan to best treat your individual condition and to help restore you to good oral health.