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Dr. Nikki Ancona and her team of hygienists have the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a new dentist for your regular checkups and dental hygiene.

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Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Nikki has averaged 70 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of California are 50 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!

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Dr. Nikki Ancona, with a high-tech dental office located in Montclair, is always educated and informed on the latest and greatest dental technologies and trends.

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Dental Checkups & Cleanings

Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral and dental hygiene and health. Regular checkups can also help you save money over the long term, since small problems are more easily and cheaply taken care of if caught early. Additionally, regular dental checkups can even save your life.

First of all, by going for regular dental checkups, you are better able to maintain and care for your teeth and gums. This is because a dentist will examine your teeth and find out if they require cleaning, cavity filling, and/or other preventative or corrective measures. Crooked teeth can be examined, and any issues, such as halitosis, can be addressed.

Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well.

Regular Check-ups

Video 01:00 | Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and eating balanced, healthy meals are important to maintaining a healthy smile. Regular dental visits are also extremely important to prevent and treat oral disease.

Periodontal Therapy

Healthy gums are a crucial part of achieving optimal oral health. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is one of the most common dental concerns amongst patients. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to a wide range of dental concerns that impact the function and health of your teeth and gums. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.

Restorative dentist Dr. Nikki Ancona offers a full range of periodontal therapy services in our Montclair Plaza dental office. Your Montclair Plaza dentist will screen for any signs of gum disease during your preventive dental care visits. Our dental care team will work with you one on one to create better oral hygiene habits and address any questions you may have about improving your gum health. Our goal is to provide personalized solutions for restoring and maintaining your gum health.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar are not properly removed from the teeth and make their way to the gum line. Once at the gum line, plaque, and tartar can irritate the gums. Deep pockets form around the teeth causing the teeth to pull away from the gums allowing bacteria to the harbor and compromise the gum tissue and bone structure.

If you notice any signs of gum disease, schedule a visit to our Montclair Plaza Dental Group in Montclair, CA. Early detection and diagnosis are one of the best tools to have when treating gum disease.

Common Signs of Gum Disease

Bleeding gums
Swollen gums
Gum irritation
Change in the bite or dentures
Loose or shifting teeth
Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
Tooth loss

Periodontal Screening

Video 01:00 | Gums that are red, tender or swollen may indicate periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Because you can have periodontal disease without knowing it, it’s important to visit your dentist for periodontal screening.

What to Expect

The first part of treating gum disease is to undergo a comprehensive exam with your Montclair Plaza dentist. Your Montclair Plaza dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums, determine the severity or stage of gum disease, and assess any damage done to the teeth as a result of gum disease.

After a detailed consultation examination, we may suggest one or more of these periodontal therapy solutions restore health to the teeth and gums.

Periodontal Therapy Treatments
Antibacterial Rinses
For early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) antibacterial rinses may be used daily to stop the spread of infection and restore gum health.
Scaling and Root Planing
This treatment method is an intensive dental cleaning of the gum line to remove tartar and plaque buildup. Using special tools, your dentist will scrape away plaque and tartar build up and removes bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms. Scaling and root planing may need to be performed more than once for an effective result.
Laser Dentistry
In some cases, laser dentistry can be used to eliminate bacteria in the gums and promote the natural healing process. Laser dentistry in minimally invasive and requires no sutures or recovery time.
Oral Surgery
For advanced stages of gum disease oral surgery may be necessary to restore damaged gum tissue and teeth. If gum surgery is needed, for some cases we can perform the surgical procedure in our Montclair Plaza dental office.
What if I don’t get my bleeding gums fixed?

Since bleeding gums is a sign of periodontal disease, you open up yourself to more risk of getting infections, oral cancer, and loosing teeth. Sometimes your gums bleed because you brush your teeth too hard, but it’s not always the case. Visit your dentist to find the exact cause of your bleeding gums.

Is periodontal therapy painful?

No, periodontal therapy is not a painful process. For example, scaling and root planning is a process that deep-cleans your gums, and is comparable to a deep gum massage for your mouth. We will use local anesthesia if necessary and can also recommend oral sedation options.

How do I limit my risk of gum disease at home?

You can take steps to reduce your risk of the disease from home. For example, you should brush and floss thoroughly every day. Doing so removes food particles from the teeth, which bacteria need to break down to cause plaque buildup and gum inflammation. In addition, if you smoke or use tobacco products we recommend quitting right away. If you have any questions about avoiding periodontal disease then please contact our office today.

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