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Alicia Periodontal disease, like tooth decay, is a bacterial infection that can cause tooth loss if left untreated. But unlike some diseases that can be cured with a simple vaccination or treatment, there is no cure for periodontal disease. But, it can be controlled. For most people, this means the daily oral hygiene effort and the yearly 3 to 4 special periodontal maintenance cleanings that are needed to adequately control or at best slow down the progression of disease.

Unfortunately, the disease progression is typically slow and chronic so that it can smolder unnoticeably for years. By the time you do notice it, the process is usually further along such that more complex treatment and personal effort may be needed to control it.

On the other hand,fortunately its slow progression allows early diagnosis during your regular dental examinations. When the disease is discovered early, it can be completely reversible. Though later stages can also be controlled, the deterioration that has taken place is usually irreversible making the chance of saving your teeth for a lifetime more unpredictable.

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All treatment options are directed to controlling the bacteria that cause the disease. That makes good daily oral hygiene important in controlling periodontal disease. Because the plaque bacteria grows every day, no in-office dental treatment for periodontal disease will be more effective in saving your teeth for a lifetime than good daily oral hygiene. For without it, even any treatment will fail if inadequate oral hygiene causes the disease to relapse.

But just going through the motions of oral hygiene is not enough. I have found that learning and committing to effective oral hygiene is like learning a foreign language. When I was learning a language in school, the classes were everyday. No one expects to learn a skill by taking a class twice a year. So expect the continued refinement of your oral hygiene technique to require additional appointments as needed so that we can ensure the health and longevity of your teeth and smile. Also, the twice a year simple teeth cleanings are no longer considered adequate or the standard of care anymore for those who need to control their periodontal disease.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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