Wallace Lott, DDS
PACIFIC COAST PERIODONTICS & IMPLANT DENTISTRY
Services We Offer
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, more than seven percent of the population has lost one permanent tooth by the time they are 7 years old. When the average American is 50 years old, they have lost an average of 12 teeth and after the age of 65, nearly one-third of the population has lost all of their teeth.
If you wear dentures or partials, or have lost a tooth and miss the security, ease, and comfort of your natural teeth, you may be considering dental implants. It's hard to laugh, cough, chew, talk, or even smile without worrying if your partials or dentures will slip. Denture wearers may experience soreness from lose dentures or notice a shrunken appearance in their face as the gums and bone in their jaws recede. Fortunately, dental technology has changed over the last two decades, and specialists like Dr. Lott offer dental implants as a way to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Titanium screws are used as an artificial substitute for tooth roots. Once placed in your gums, the implant can anchor a bridge, denture, or even a single crown in your mouth. Implants are long-lasting and permanent, so they won't slip or move in your mouth and cause injury or irritation.
Since everyone is different, Dr. Lott will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth, including radiographs and intra-oral photographs, to determine if implants are right for you.
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an inflammation in the gums and other tissues that surround your teeth. Nearly three-fourths of the population has this disease. Since the early stages are painless, many patients avoid treatment until too late. If you have missing teeth, you are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Thankfully, Dr. Lott has a variety of treatment to stop and prevent gum disease from causing further damage.
When you come for your first visit, Dr. Lott will examine your mouth thoroughly. After looking at your teeth and gums, he will look for lesions or other signs of oral cancer. Our staff of caring dental hygienists will aid you in maintaining your dental health and help you to achieve good home care.