Patients Enjoy Ideal Gum Line with Laser Gum Recontouring

SAN RAFAEL, CA-You may already have beautiful teeth and still not be satisfied with your smile. We’ve recently seen a number of patients come into our practice with overgrown gums.

TeethAt Larson Dentistry, gum recontouring surgery could be the best fix for those whose gums rest too high or too low on their teeth.

When gums cover a large part of your teeth, it creates the perception that your teeth look small. Genetics, a particular health problem or taking certain prescription drugs have the potential to cause uneven gums. Gum recession, where tissue pulls back and expresses the tooth’s root, give the appearance of long teeth.

Serious dental problems can stem from gum recession that’s not corrected. These include periodontal disease, tooth loss and decay.

Dr. Greg Larson understands the frustration that so often comes with uneven gums. Through his gum recontouring procedures, he enables his patients to not only enjoy better dental health, but also love their beautiful teeth again.

Patients go into their initial consultation with Dr. Larson and discuss their smile goals. Dr. Larson and his professional staff then plan the procedure and discuss the options with the knowledge that patients love smooth and symmetrical gum lines.

The procedure itself is completed in-office. What sets Dr. Larson’s gum recontouring apart from others is that he uses lasers during the process.

“Laser gum recontouring is a non-surgical procedure and has the benefit of almost zero downtime and healing,” says Dr. Larson. “We perform that procedure in our office, on select cases and offer complimentary consultations.”

At this point, you may be wondering if gum recontouring is a necessary procedure for people with uneven gum lines. We view laser gum recontouring as a cosmetic procedure since it is usually not medically necessary. Our team strives to enhance the appearance of your smile and boost your confidence levels. However, as mentioned earlier, uncorrected gum recession may lead to dental issues down the road.

As with all of our procedures, patients will meet with the doctor beforehand. Dr. Larson will also show how much gum will be removed or how the gum line will be reshaped.

The use of lasers prevents any lengthy amount of downtime. That said, we want our patients to understand the following postoperative precautions, as explained on WebMD.

 

  1. Any pain can be eased with pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil, as directed by Dr. Larson. Since it can cause bleeding, aspirin should be avoided.
  2. Consider eating cool, soft foods for the first few days following the procedure. Eggs, pasta, yogurt and cottage cheese would be ideal. Until you get the green light from Dr. Larson to return to your normal diet, spicy foods and anything with seeds should be avoided during the postoperative healing process.
  3. Follow the specialist’s directions on when and how to brush your teeth initially.

 

Feel free to give us a call if you experience sensitivity that lasts over three days, or if you have any additional questions.

If you choose to move forward with our laser gum recontouring procedure, you can rest assured that you will be smiling more! We continuously maintain the highest of patient satisfaction and always work to achieve your cosmetic dental goals.

“I am so incredibly happy with the quality of my treatment and the attention to detail and care I received throughout,” says Chad via a patient testimonial on the doctor’s website. “It is one of the best investments I have ever made.”

Larson Dentistry is a trusted provider of cosmetic, Invisalign, sleep apnea and neuromuscular dental care in the San Francisco, San Rafael, Berkeley, Oakland and Walnut Creek areas. Whether you have questions about laser gum recontouring or any other cosmetic dental service, visit our website www.larsondentistry.com or contact our San Francisco office at 415-397-2804 to learn more.

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San Francisco Dentist a Top Choice for Porcelain Veneers

Veneers in CASAN FRANCISCO, CA-In recent years, porcelain veneers have skyrocketed in popularity. Celebrities like Nicholas Cage, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore have all enjoyed the new confidence that comes with veneers.

 

Patients love how efficient the process is to recreate the look of natural, beautiful teeth.

Larson Dentistry uses porcelain veneers to a correct a number of cosmetic dental issues. These include chipped teeth and tooth discoloration. Dr. Greg Larson assures to perfect the angles and symmetry on all his patients seeking to improve their lives with porcelain veneers.

Because Dr. Larson uses the most revolutionary technology in cosmetic dentistry, patients know that they are guaranteed long-lasting results of the highest quality. Once these thin, porcelain laminates are applied to the front of your teeth, they subsequently feel and act like normal teeth.

Whether you’re eating, speaking or just smiling, you won’t even notice your veneers. Maintaining your dental care won’t be affected either, as the porcelain reacts comfortably with your gums.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ process. After we get an impression of your smile, our experienced team forms a custom set of veneers specifically for your mouth. As this set is created, we apply a trial smile of veneers. Patients can then preview the aesthetics and natural color.

The second appointment involves Dr. Larson applying and bonding the custom veneers to your teeth. Just like that, you’ll have that smile you’ve always dreamed of.
We encourage you to give us a call if you think porcelain veneers can have a positive impact in your life.

Larson Dentistry is a trusted provider of general, cosmetic, TMJ and sleep apnea dental care in the San Francisco area. Whether you have questions about porcelain veneers or any other cosmetic dental service, visit our website or contact our San Francisco office at 415-397-2804 to learn more.

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Oral Appliance Therapy Gaining Traction as Sleep Apnea Treatment

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- If you aren’t completely satisfied with your current sleep apnea treatment, you may benefit from an effective alternative.

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According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, oral appliance therapy has recently proved to be a successful choice for those who have tried the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.
Users of oral appliance therapy wear a device similar to a mouth guard at night as a way to hold the jaw forward, allowing your airway to be opened.

At Larson Dentistry, we understand the popularity of the CPAP machine. But for numerous patients, it may not be the most comfortable or effective treatment option.

That’s why our patients trust Dr. Greg Larson to handle their sleep apnea treatment. He carries a wealth of experience in sleep apnea study and even teaches other dentists how to diagnose it in their patients. As sleep therapy progresses and nighttime breathing improves, convenient at-home testing verifies the efficacy of the treatment.

So how exactly does CPAP differ from OAT?

While they essentially serve the same purpose, the CPAP can become uncomfortable and distracting because of the restrictive sleep it creates. And when patients grow frustrated with this on a nightly basis, the CPAP fails to yield an effective treatment for sleep apnea.

In fact, the AADSM confirms that nearly half of sleep apnea patients cannot tolerate CPAP.

The professional staff at Larson Dentistry understands the importance of a good night’s sleep. Therefore, our OAT appliances are two pieces, making it easier for patients to speak and drink while wearing the device. Plus, patients have the freedom to sleep in any position thanks to oral appliance therapy.

And as opposed to the loud, running motor of a CPAP, patients who use our OAT appliances enjoy a quiet sleep, which lessens the frequency of loud snoring.

An additional benefit to our oral appliance therapy is that it’s easy to manage. As long as patients clean the devices on a regular basis, they should last for an extended period of time.

Whether you’re researching sleep apnea treatments for the first time or just want to try something different than your CPAP, give Larson Dentistry a call.

Dr. Larson is part of the elite group of approved dentists by the AADSM who can treat sleep apnea in patients.

Larson Dentistry is a trusted provider of general, cosmetic, TMJ and sleep apnea dental care in the San Francisco area. Whether you have questions about sleep apnea or wish to set up an appointment, visit our website or contact our San Francisco office at 415-397-2804 to learn more.

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Pancreatic Cancer May Be Diagnosed Through Mouth Bacteria

visit to the San Fransisco dentistSAN FRANCISCO, CA- It’s hard to imagine that a routine dental appointment could be lifesaving. But according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, particular types of bacteria found in saliva may represent pancreatic cancer.

Compared to others, patients with pancreatic cancer have higher levels of Leptotrichia and Campylobacter. Lower levels of oral bacteria such as Streptococcus, Treponema and Veillonella also exist in those with the disease.

Nearly 40,000 people die each year from pancreatic cancer, which ranks as the fourth leading cause of cancer related death. However, as more data in this research surfaces, pancreatic cancer could soon be diagnosed in its early stages.
Though typically not viewed to be diagnosed by a dentist, our professional staff at Larson Dentistry understands the significance of bacteria’s appearance, specifically in saliva.

We always pay close attention to the appearance of bacteria in your mouth during procedures. Plus, our specialists conduct regular oral cancer checks on patients to ensure the highest of well-being.

At Larson Dentistry, we focus on the health and happiness of our patients. You may be coming in for a cleaning or for the fitting of dental implants.

Regardless, we want you to be informed not only about your oral health, but your health in general.

Services at Larson Dentistry include general, cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry services. Dr. Greg Larson and his staff have already provided a myriad of patients with tremendous dental care.

If you’re a resident of San Francisco, choose Larson Dentistry for all your oral care needs. Our experts and procedures are top-of-the-line.

Larson Dentistry is a trusted provider of dental care in the San Francisco area. Whether you have questions or wish to set up an appointment, contact our office to learn more.

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Brushing Tips to Keep Your Smile Beautiful

Cosmetic DentistrySan Francisco, CA- We’ve got some tips for our readers; Larson Dentistry can help you get the most out of your daily brushing routine with some helpful suggestions. Be sure to keep you and your family’s teeth clean with daily healthy habits.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Try to brush after every meal.
Take your time! We recommend you spend at least three minutes thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth. Three minutes is not asking much when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy. Also be sure to angle your toothbrush slightly toward your gums when you brush along your gum-line.

Don’t brush your teeth too hard; be sure to use a gentle motion so you don’t damage your gums. Brushing your tongue and scraping away bacteria to help remove all traces of bad breath. Brushing with a toothpaste with fluoride will help you fight off tooth decay. Brush your tongue and scrape away all bad bacteria.

Brush your teeth with a clean toothbrush and rinse the brush thoroughly after each use. If you keep your toothbrush in good health, your teeth will appreciate it. Replace your toothbrush or electric brush head every three to four months.

Brushing your teeth habitually at least twice a day is one key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing gum diseases. It’s also important to make sure you choose the right toothbrush for your teeth and use proper brushing techniques. When done correctly, brushing your teeth at least twice a day can help ensure long-term oral health. But there are other tools you can use to keep your mouth sparkling.

A toothbrush alone can’t do everything to maintain your oral health and your teeth. You need to take care of the space between your teeth by using floss. Remember to floss every day, and be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

Here are some other tips to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush. Pick a brush with bristles that are softer rather than harder, and get one that fits your size of mouth. Once you’ve found the right toothbrush for you, make sure you brush your teeth the correct way in order to maintain good oral health and minimize the risk of periodontal disease. Brushing in an up and down motion removes more plaque than a side-to-side motion.

Greg D. Larson, D.D.S. is San Francisco’s community-focused dentist office. We don’t want anything to stop you from receiving dental care. Please contact us at (415) 830-4956 if you have any questions about sedation dentistry or questions about cosmetic dentistry treatment. Visit Greg D. Larson D.D.S. in San Francisco for more information on our practice.

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San Francisco Dentist Reshapes Gum Line

SAN FRANCISCO- According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research suggests that the use of lasers may improve the effectiveness of scaling and root planning. Scaling and root planning is a non-surgical therapy that is used to treat periodontal diseases. When Dr. Larson performs scaling and root planning, he carefully cleans the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from deep teeth pockets. He also smooths the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins.

Family DentistryScaling and root planning is often followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis. Research has found that when lasers are properly used during periodontal therapy there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to patients during surgery.

It is important we reduce pocket depth and eliminate bacteria to prevent any long-term damage that could be caused by periodontal disease and to help maintain a healthy smile. Eliminating bacteria alone may not be enough to prevent the recurrence of gum disease. Deeper pockets are more difficult to clean, so it’s important for us to reduce them. The use of laser technology helps us keep bacteria from forming on teeth, and also shapes the gun line to reduce large pockets.

Many of our patients have also mentioned their irregular or excessive gum tissues make them feel self-conscious. This is a very common problem, and luckily we can help. We offer laser gum restructuring to shape your ideal gum line and create a beautiful smile. Reducing pocket size is healthy and attractive.

Laser gum contouring is a quick and painless procedure. We can reshape your gum line in as little as one office visit, though some patients may require a follow up visit for best results. Dr. Larson uses a soft-tissue laser to tenderly sculpt the gum line. A more polished gum-line is immediately noticeable. A beautiful smile can be painlessly achieved with our San Rafael sedation dentists. We specialize in safely operating with laser therapy and pain free dentistry in the Oakland area.

We can assess your situation to discuss the best treatment for any of your needs. Laser periodontal therapy and laser gum therapy can be used on almost all patients. Some signs that using laser therapy and treating periodontal disease would be beneficial:

  • High gummy smile lines / short looking front teeth
  • Very sensitive gums and teeth
  • Loose, shifting, drifting, and moving teeth
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Bone loss and infection around dental implants
  • When patients fear traditional periodontal surgery
  • When a patient has recurrent periodontal infections and recurrent periodontal disease
  • When a patient seeks a minimally invasive approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When a patient is seeking a holistic and biologic approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When a patient had medical conditions which would not allow them to have traditional periodontal surgery

With our help reducing pocket size, daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, you can increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth. You will also decrease the chances of periodontal disease and the many health problems associated with it. Contact Greg D. Larson D.D.S. in San Francisco for more information on gum re-contouring.

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May is National Smile Month at Larson Dentistry

cosmetic dentistry in San Rafael SAN FRANCISCO- National Smile Month is the leading oral health campaign in the United Kingdom. National Smile Month promotes three key lessons, all of which help us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. The key points are as follows:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on your intake sugary food and drink intake
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as recommended for your oral health condition

We recommend you visit us at Larson Dentistry at least twice a year. If you experiencing any dental concerns, please call us and schedule a consultation today. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and pain free dentistry in San Francisco.

The goal of National Smile Month is to raise awareness of important oral health issues, and to make a positive difference in the health of millions of people around the world. The campaign encourages all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces to join in and help educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improves the quality of smiles.

Below are some tips for maintaining good oral health and a beautiful smile:

  1. Floss between your teeth to better clean all parts of the teeth and prevent a build-up of plaque
  2. Brush or scrape your tongue clean
  3. To help prevent gum disease, eat a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetables
  4. Use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol
  5. Quit smoking to reduce the chances of developing oral health problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, yellow teeth and oral cancer
  6. Be sure to tell us about any changes in your systemic health so that we may prevent gum disease from developing
  7. Parents should introduce their children to the dentist at a young age to help develop an early relationship and avoid dental anxiety. Larson Dentistry educates parents on how to care for children’s teeth and detect oral problems early on
  8. Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque then manual toothbrushes
  9. Children under the age of seven should use very little fluoride toothpaste
  10. If you wear dentures, we suggest you brush, soak, and brush again. We recommend that you brush your dentures before soaking in order to remove all remnants of food
  11. If you have a cold sore, then do not engage in kissing or touching your cold sores. Cold sores are infectious and the infecting virus can be passed to other people by close contact. A cold sore is most infectious when it is blistering. Cold sores can be passed on to other people’s hands and lips. Avoid squeezing, pinching or pricking the cold sore as this can spread the infection

We are celebrating National Smile Month at Greg D. Larson, D.D.S. If you need a dentist in the San Rafael neighborhood, then contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss your oral health.
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Study Connects Depression and Anxiety to Tooth Loss

brushing teethSAN FRANCISCO- A research study titled “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety,” was recently presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. The study found that tooth loss is an outcome of complex and chronic conditions. We at Larson Dentistry understand that things happen, injuries occur, and teeth get knocked out. What we’re learning is that there are many negative side effects to tooth loss, including self-esteem and mental anxiety.

Researchers analyzed results from The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey using 451,075 respondents. This included a telephone survey of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state health departments. Researchers examined the association between tooth loss and depression and anxiety.

The study found that 13.4 percent of eligible participants reported anxiety, 16.7 percent reported feelings of depression, and 5.7 percent reported tooth loss.  It is clear that several biopsychosocial factors influence dental health.    They also found that individuals with dental anxiety may avoid dental care, and individuals suffering depression may be negligent in self-care.

That is the last thing we want! Greg. D. Larson, D.D.S. cares about your happiness. We want to give you a healthy, beautiful smile and reduce any anxiety you may be feeling over missing teeth. All of our treatments are provided in a calm and comfortable environment. We patiently go over treatment plan options and the different levels of relaxation and sedation options we offer to ensure that you are informed and confident about your choices.

At the conclusion of this national study, researchers found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss. Do not let tooth loss affect your mental health! If you are in San Francisco, contact Dr. Larson to address your missing teeth problem.

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San Francisco Solutions to Missing Teeth

Dental implantSAN FRANCISCO- According to the Silberg Center for Dental Science, approximately 30% of the working or retired U.S. population is either missing a tooth or multiple teeth. While there are many things you can do to prevent tooth loss, we also understand it is an issue many people must deal with daily.

Why do I Need a Dental Implant?
lost tooth can destabilize your bite and cause difficulties when chewing or talking. Adjacent teeth must carry more weight when you bite down, and the teeth could shift due to the hole of the missing tooth. Jawbone deterioration is another potential problem, due to lack of support.

Missing teeth aren’t only harmful to your oral health, they can cause physical and psychological problems. Depression, low self-esteem, and speech impediments have all been linked to tooth loss.  Facial features may change, and people often become self-conscious about their looks.  Dr. Larson can resolve these issues and improve your oral health using a dental implant.

Our dental implants can help you restore missing teeth and regain normal tooth and jaw function. The dental implant and crown will help to reinforce your bite, and you will regain the ability to talk and chew food normally. Titanium dental implants are also able to bond with your jawbone, which keeps the jawbone from deteriorating.

What Happens When I Get an Implant?
When you choose to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, you will first visit an implant surgeon. The implant surgeon will plant a tiny titanium post into your jawbone. This titanium post will be strong and secure, providing a firm foundation for your new crown. Dr. Larson, the San Francisco dental implant specialist, will then top your titanium post with a custom ceramic crown.  After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals — as long as 10 to 14 days.

Different Types of Implants
There are different implant solutions for each dental problem. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The two major types of implants are Endosteal, which is in the bone, and Subperiosteal, which is on the bone.

The most commonly used type of implant is Endosteal. There are variations within the in-bone implant, including screws, cylinders or blades, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jaw using metal posts that stick out through the gum to hold prosthetic teeth. Subperiosteal implants are used on patients who are unable to wear standard dentures and have little bone height to attach an implant.

Examples of procedures for different dental problems are listed below:

  • Replace a Tooth – Patients missing a single tooth often replace it with one implant and a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth in order to recondition the shape, size, strength, and appearance.
  • Replace Multiple Teeth – Patients who need to fill in multiple teeth often choose implant-supported bridges. A bridge is a prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth that bridge the gap between natural teeth.
  • Replace All Teeth – Patients who need to replace all of their teeth often receive an implant-supported full bridge or full denture. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, and partial dentures can be used when some natural teeth remain.
  • Sinus Augmentation – Patients with very little jawbone may need a sinus augmentation to raise the sinus floor and develop bone for the placement of dental implants.
  • Ridge Modification – Patients with jaw deformities may need a ridge modification due to inadequate bone in which to place a dental implant. The gum is raised from the ridge, and defects are then filled in with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge.

After treatment, Dr. Larson develops a specific and best plan of care for you. Patients need to brush and floss their teeth to keep the implant clean and plaque-free. We recommend periodic follow-up visits to monitor your implant, teeth and gums and to make sure they are healing.

Cost-Effectiveness of Dental Implant
Dr. Larson’s dental implants offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments for tooth replacement.  For a single-tooth replacement, implant-based solutions have been found to be cost-saving and effective in comparison with bridges and other tooth-borne prostheses. Additionally, studies show that patient acceptance and satisfaction with dental implants is high, particularly in elderly edentulous patients.

Compared to dentures, dental implants and crowns facilitate normal tooth function, so there are no problems eating or speaking. Dental implants bond with the jawbone to ensure patients do not lose bone density. They also support facial muscles so your normal facial structure does not alter. Using dental implants, Dr. Larson goes beyond general tooth restoration to provide patients full mouth rejuvenation treatment.

Greg D. Larson, DDS is a trusted provider of comprehensive dental solutions, including dental implants, crowns, porcelain veneers in the San Francisco area. We can help you regain your confidence and beautiful smile. Contact our friendly staff to learn more.

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Larson Dentistry Scans for Oral Cancer

San Francisco dentistrySan Francisco, CA- Dr. Larson believes every patient should be checked for oral cancer at least once a year. Many of the earliest signs and symptoms of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer may be mistaken for other problems. For instance you may feel like you just have a toothache or a cold. But if your symptoms persist for several days or weeks, it is important to schedule an appointment with Larson Dentistry so that a diagnosis can be reached as soon as possible.

At Larson Dentistry patients receive expert oral care and attention. Regular dental visits include thorough cleanings, oral cancer screenings, X-rays, and examination of your teeth, mouth, gums and jaw as needed.

Oral cancer begins in the mouth, also called the oral cavity. This region of the body includes the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth.

Some of the most common oral cancer symptoms and signs include:

  • An ongoing sore in your mouth that does not heal is the most common symptom of oral cancer
  • Persistent mouth pain is a common sign of oral cancer
  • A lump or thickening in your cheek
  • A white or red patch on your gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is stuck in your throat that will not go away
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of your tongue or other parts of the mouth
  • Jaw swelling that makes dentures hurt or fit poorly
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Pain in the teeth or jaw
  • Changes in your voice
  • A lump in the neck
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent bad breathe

Oral cancer and oropharyngeal cancer are twice as common in men as in women.  Scientists believe this is due to more men using tobacco products and alcohol, but that trend is changing, as more women are drinking and using tobacco.  The average age of diagnosis for oral cancer is 62, and two-thirds of individuals with this disease are over age 55.

Various tests can be done if your symptoms are present and persistent. It is extremely important to see a dentist regularly so your symptoms can be evaluated, and a diagnosis can be reached as soon as possible.  At Greg D. Larson, D.D.S., we don’t want anything to stop you from receiving important care. Please contact us at (415) 830-4956 if you have any concerns about symptoms or questions about treatment.

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