At Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S we specialize in a wide variety of procedures designed to maintain or improve your periodontal tissues. The periodontal (gum) tissues are an important part of your oral health. Our experience and expertise in periodontics allows us to provide high-quality treatments you cannot find anywhere else!
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
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What is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is a disease that happens to your gums. It is an infection. While some infections you can get in your body are painful, gum disease usually isn’t painful in the beginning stages. If you don’t take care of your mouth, you can have serious consequences when it comes to gum disease. Need more information? Let Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S give you information on gum disease and how to prevent it.
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Symptoms of Gum Disease
Some symptoms of gum disease are more obvious than others. Because the disease often progresses silently, recognizing these symptoms can help you prevent or halt its spread. At Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S, we believe patient education is the cornerstone of good oral health, especially when preventing or combating gum disease. Our in-office treatments usually involve patient education as well.
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Body and Mouth Connection
Over the last few decades, there have been several studies on the mouth-body connection. Research suggests a strong link between oral health problems like gum disease and other illnesses that affect our bodily health. Simply put, taking good care of your teeth and gums can benefit your mouth and your body as a whole!
At Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S, we believe that patient education is the foundation for good oral health. In this case, it can also help you maintain better bodily health too!
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Consequences of Periodontal Disease
We here at Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S specialize in periodontal maintenance. If you suffer from periodontal disease, we can help stop the spread of infection before it leads to greater complications. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in severe consequences like gum recession, bone deterioration, and tooth loss.
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As experts in periodontics, our team at Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S is dedicated to helping you maintain or improve your periodontal health. This usually includes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. After the successful treatment of gum disease, periodontal maintenance is a necessity.
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Dental technology has come a long way in recent years. In fact, at Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S, we use today’s technology to help our patients have the least invasive procedures possible. We do this by offering laser dentistry. This method of dentistry offers quicker healing and less time in the dental chair.
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If you are suffering from advanced periodontal or gum disease, Dr. Yokoyama might suggest osseous surgery. Osseous surgery, also referred to as pocket depth reduction, is usually recommended when non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planning have failed to recondition the impacted tissue around your teeth.
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Gum grafting may be the best way to address the severe gum recession. Gum recession can be the result of periodontal disease, aging, trauma, over-brushing, and misaligned teeth. Gum recession can result in substantial sensitivity issues, pain, and poor smile aesthetics.
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Scaling and Root Planing
If we diagnosis you with periodontal disease, you may need a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this procedure is designed to eliminate large deposits of plaque and tartar. After your deep cleaning, your gums should return to a healthy, pink state.
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Schedule Your Consultation
If you would like to learn more about periodontics call 760-632-9055 and schedule your consultation today!
Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024
Monday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm