Quality Dental Care in Aliso Viejo
Dr. Johnson and his team are committed to providing each patient with sensational dental care in Aliso Viejo, ensuring that oral health is maintained and dental needs are addressed before they become major complications. We focus on establishing optimum oral health and maintaining it with effective home care, nutritional guidance, and routine professional exams and cleanings, rather than treating the results of dental infections. Dr. Johnson and his team have years of experience in comprehensive care. They see that each patient’s dental needs are met in a professional and personable manner. Receiving quality attention is core to Dr. Johnson’s practice, so his patients can have beautiful smiles that last years.
One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues which surround the teeth. As it progresses, the supporting tissues are reduced leading to gingival recession, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss. It is a silent disease. Most people do not even know they have it unless diagnosed by a dentist or it has reached the final stages and teeth have begun to loosen. Early signs of periodontal disease are chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, and gingival recession. Although these symptoms may not necessarily indicate periodontal disease, they should be discussed with your dentist for proper diagnosis.
Another common cause of tooth loss is cavities, which is an infection of the tooth. A tooth consists of multiple tissues – enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the hard outer shell that gives teeth their beauty. Inside the enamel is dentin, and at the middle of the dentin is pulp. Dental caries start in the outer enamel, and it may take some time erode through. Caries in the enamel may be reversed if they are caught early. Once the cavity reaches the dentin, it spreads out and progresses faster. If the cavity is not treated, it eventually reaches the pulp and causes the tooth to die, requiring a root canal (endodontic therapy). Periodontal disease and dental caries are caused mainly by dental plaque. Reducing plaque load is critical to the long term health of your mouth.