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Periodontitis and COVID-19 Complications

Periodontitis and COVID-19 Complications

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated symptoms, side effects, and complications are ever-emerging with new studies and findings. One of the latest is a recent study by the American Academy of Periodontology,, linking gum disease to severe COVID-19-related complications. Keep reading to learn more about Periodontitis and COVID-19 complications, who is at risk, and what you can do to minimize your risk of experiencing these complications should you contract COVID-19.


What is Periodontitis?

According to the CDC, Periodontal diseases are mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red and may bleed. In its more severe form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or fall out. Periodontal disease is primarily seen in adults, and Periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two biggest threats to dental health.


A recent CDC report provides the following data related to the prevalence of periodontitis in the U.S.:


  • 2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
  • Periodontal disease increases with age; 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.
  • This condition is more common in men than women (56.4% vs. 38.4%), those living below the federal poverty level (65.4%), those with less than a high school education (66.9%), and current smokers (64.2%)

Symptoms of Periodontitis

If Periodontitis is left untreated, the teeth can fall out, and ongoing jaw pain may occur. Luckily, it can be treated and reversed if caught early enough, making it essential to learn the signs and symptoms of Periodontitis so that you can get treatment as soon as possible. These symptoms include:


  • Bad breath or bad taste that does not go away
  • Change in bite and the way your teeth fit
  • Change in the fit of dentures or other oral devices
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tender or bleeding gums


Periodontitis and COVID-19


Systemic inflammation is a side-effect of the COVID-19 virus and can be one of the first symptoms people notice, and it is also a symptom of Periodontitis. The study finds that of the 568 patients studied, those with periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease, were at least three times more likely to experience COVID‐19 complications, including death, ICU admission, and the need for assisted ventilation. Additionally, COVID-19 patients with periodontitis showed increased biomarkers associated with worsened disease outcomes, including white blood cell levels, D‐dimer, and c-reactive protein.


Who is at Risk?


Most adults over the age of 30 have gum disease, making it a common condition. However, certain factors can put individuals at an increased risk of forming it. These factors include:


  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Diabetes
  • Female hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy or oral contraceptives
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Heredity
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Taking medications that cause dry mouth
  • Underlying immuno-deficiencies (such as AIDS)


What Can I Do?


According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the nation’s leading organization of periodontists, or gum disease experts, these findings signal the importance of diligent oral care during COVID-19. “It is well-established that systemic inflammation is not only linked with periodontal disease but to several other respiratory diseases as well,” said Dr. James G. Wilson, President of the AAP. “Therefore, maintaining healthy teeth and gums to avoid developing or worsening periodontal disease is crucial in the midst of a global pandemic like COVID-19, which is also known to trigger an inflammatory response.”


Ways to prevent Periodontal Disease include:


  • Brush your teeth after meals to remove plaque and other build-up
  • Floss at least once a day to remove any build-up that has accumulated in between your teeth
  • Use mouthwash to kill bacteria
  • See whether you have one of the increased risk factors
  • Regularly visit your dentist for deeper cleanings
  • Visit a dentist who can treat Periodontal Disease, such as Total Freedom Dental


About Total Freedom Dental


Taking care of your teeth is the only way to prevent Periodontitis. However, for many people, it can be too late. Total Freedom Dental offers 24-hour teeth protocol, dental implants, complete and partial dentures, sedation options, and much more.


Our periodontal, dental implant, and alveolar dental surgeon, Dr. Kaiser, has been placing implants since the 1970s—making him one of the nation’s most skilled, knowledgeable, and efficient practitioners in dental implants. The doctor’s experience is key to a smooth and effortless patient experience with a procedure like dental implants.


Total Freedom Dental surpasses the other centers regarding experience, and we are also the industry leader in technology, becoming the country’s first fully digital dental implant center. Our master technicians utilize this state-of-the-art technology to produce a world-class product that is on a level above our competition. Many businesses use technology to improve quality so they can charge more. At Total Freedom Dental, we use our technology so we can charge less.


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Proper Care for Your Dental Implants

Proper Care for Your Dental Implants

Dental implants from Total Freedom Dental Implant Center in Scottsdale, AZ can last a lifetime, when proper hygiene and care is performed by the patient. Ensuring you have a consistent and effective plan is essential.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support artificial teeth. They are so secure and sturdy in the jaw, they have become the tooth replacement option of choice. It is important that patients maintain good oral hygiene to ensure the success of dental implants.

Patients must try to eliminate 85% of plaque/biofilm daily to maintain excellent overall health of the implant¹. Taking care of implant-supported teeth is not much different than taking care of natural teeth. Since bacteria and plaque can build up on an artificial crown just like on a tooth, it must be cleaned daily. We recommend brushing and flossing twice a day.

Follow these four steps to care for your dental implants:

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Plaque and bacteria can form around an implant and cause gum inflammation and lead to peri-implant disease, such as peri-implant mucositis, which his similar to gingivitis and peri-implantitis, which is similar to periodontitis. By brushing your teeth twice a day, you can prevent disease and ensure the longevity of your dental implants.

2. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush

Nylon Toothbrushes have bristles that are pliable and gentle on your dental implants. Toothbrushes with hard bristles can scratch the surface of your implants. Soft bristles will still do an exceptional job or wiping away the food and plaque. It is important to Thoroughly brush any crowns in your mouth.

3. Flossing with unwaxed dental tape

Only about 16% of American adults floss their teeth every day. Most of the population is not flossing enough. With dental implants, flossing is incredibly important because plaque can easily build up around the implants which can lead to dental issues.
To properly floss around a dental implant, you must loop the floss around the implant, like a crisscross and bring the floss through. This will get out any stuck food trapped around the base of the crown and implant post.

4. Using an oral irrigator

We recommend that our patients use a Waterpik Water Flosser to help clean around the implants and promote healthy gums. An oral irrigator removes plaque and debris that gets caught deep between teeth and below the gumline. It has proven to reach places where brushing and string flossing cannot reach.

Dental Implants in Scottsdale, AZ

Regular checkups at our office as also important. These will include cleanings with a hygienist. We will also help you maintain your home care with useful tips. At Total Freedom Dental Implant Center, we are dedicated to the success of dental implants for all our patients. We will educate you and ensure you are comfortable with your at-home care.

By taking good care of the implant and crown, you can avoid failure and implant loss. At Total Freedom Dental Implant Center in Scottsdale, Arizona we provide full mouth dental implants, all-on-4s and single-tooth dental implants, and have successfully placed them in patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Sun City and Peoria. They appreciate our experience and straightforward pricing, free second opinions, and in-office lab. Please call us to schedule an appointment today at 480-860-9002!

Dental Implants and Bone Loss

Do Not Delay: Dental Implants and Bone Loss

All-On-4 dental implants exampleMissing one or more teeth not only interferes with the look of your smile but it impacts your daily routine and bone density in the jaw.   Once you lose a tooth, the root is not able to stimulate the bone any longer and it begins to deteriorate.  Fortunately, the Scottsdale dental implants by Gerald L. Kaiser D.D.S. can prevent the loss of bone mass, restore your beautiful smile, and improve your quality of life.

Once you lose a tooth, the jawbone atrophies and the bone will grow thinner and is not as strong. All other remaining teeth usually will begin to shift out of place. To make matters worse, the appearance of the face is also affected.  There is a sunken appearance that many patients find upsetting.

Do Not Delay!

smiling dental implant patient in Arizona actual clientKeeping your natural teeth is always best, which is one of the reasons we stress dental health so much. However, that is not also possible and is not quite common.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that 26% of adults over the age of 65 only have 8 or less remaining teeth. The American College of Prosthodontists also found that 30% of adults from the age of 65-74 do not have any natural teeth left.  The good news is that when teeth are lost, titanium dental implants can prevent bone recession!

They do this by mimicking the functions of a tooth root. Dental implants are small, titanium screws that are implanted into the jawbone and are not visible after placement. A small metal connector piece called an abutment is screwed into the implant. Although this metal piece will stick out of the gums, it will be covered with a crown, bridge, or denture, and will not be noticeable once the process is complete.  Once the dental implant is placed, it looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

Zygomatic dental implants

Zygomatic dental implants are specifically designed for use in people with low bone mass in the upper jaw. Similar to traditional dental implants, they serve as an anchor point for a dental prosthetic. However, they are implanted into the zygomatic bone instead of the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are drastically longer than traditional implants because they extend past the jawbone but still have the same structure as a traditional dental implant. Zygomatic implants are placed at an angle and are angled where they connect to the prosthetic.

The sooner you get a dental implant after losing a tooth, the better. The width of a jawbone usually decreases by 25% within the first year after losing a tooth.

Scottsdale Dental Implant DentistIf it has been a while since you lost a tooth or multiple teeth, do not worry.  Our team is highly trained and skilled to help all different types of cases.  The team at Total Freedom Dental Implants is here for you and will do what is best for you while holding your hand every step of the way.  Zygomatic implants can be used in people who are not candidates for traditional dental implants due to severe bone loss.

Dental implants from Total Freedom Dental Implant Center in Scottsdale, AZ are an ideal solution. They prevent bone loss and restore functionality and confidence. Whether you need a single-tooth dental implant or a full mouth, we can help! People from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, and Sun City enjoy the service they receive from Total Freedom Dental Implant Center. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!

How to Find a Good Periodontist in Scottsdale

smiling dental implant patient in Arizona actual clientLosing teeth is scary and traumatic for so many people.  However, it is more common than you think.  The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reported 3 million people have at least one dental implant and the number that is rapidly growing every year.  If you are considering dental implants, it is important to meet with an experienced Periodontist who specializes in placement of dental implants, crowns, and veneers.  Periodontists are dentists who concentrate prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in fixing damage to your natural teeth or replacing them with prosthetic teeth.  Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing or fix failing teeth, but it is important to choose with an experienced Periodontist to complete the work.  Not only will they give the patient a beautiful smile, but they will restore good health, overall quality of life and restore self-confidence.

Choose someone who is Board Certified.

Board certification is a way for patients to know that their dentist will be able to provide quality care.  For a doctor to become board certified, they must demonstrate through written, oral, practical, and simulator-based testing, a mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define an area of dental/medical specialization.  This advanced assessment process is, of course, in addition to having a medical degree, “approved post-graduate training,” and a variety of other “prerequisites” set by the specific board. If a dentist is board certified, he or she must have already successfully jumped through a variety of professional hoops.

Dr. Kaiser is a residency trained, board eligible periodontist. Dr. Kaiser holds memberships in several professional organizations including The American Academy of Periodontology, The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Arizona Society of Periodontists, and both the American and Arizona Dental Associations.

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Choose someone with experience.

Dental Implants are life changing.  They are an investment in yourself that allow you to regain self-confidence and improve your overall health.  When you choose to invest in yourself you want to make sure you choose a periodontist that knows what to do in every situation.  It is also important that they can perfectly place the dental implants and has your best interest in mind.  Dr. Kaiser at Total Freedom Dental Implant Center holds memberships in several professional organizations including The American Academy of Periodontology, The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Arizona Society of Periodontists, and both the American and Arizona Dental Associations.

He has a reputation for being honest and always doing what is right for his patients.  He placed his first dental implant in 1978 and has placed several thousand since. Dr. Kaiser is particularly proud of the fact that while his daily practice, for over 30 years, has included periodontal, dental implant, and dental alveolar surgery he has never had a single complaint filed with the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiner.



Have a consultation with a Prosthodontist.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that can attack the gums and break down the jawbone. The most common cause of periodontal diseases is buildup of plaque on the gum line.   About 75% of Americans have periodontal disease of some kind. This usually happens since most people neglect the health of their gums, and rarely consult with a professional periodontist. While there is a wide array of symptoms correlated with periodontal disease, they may go unnoticed without the proper examination of a periodontist.  Thorough examinations from a periodontist can help mitigate the chances of contracting periodontal disease. A periodontist may provide preventive oral hygiene instruction to maintain the health of your gums and perform specialized treatments to remedy gum disease.

At Total Freedom Dental Implant Center, we offer a free consultation to all our patients.  We will give an honest recommendation and the best treatment plan unique for you.  We will lay out all of fees associated with your treatment so that you are not surprised by anything.

Check their reviews online.

Before you choose a periodontist, make sure to Google the dental office and read the reviews online.  It is important that the community has reported a positive experience with the periodontist and their staff.  At Total Freedom Dental Implant Center, we take pride in our 5 Stars Reviews on Google because we value our patients and do all we can to make sure they happy and comfortable with the entire dental implant process.

Ask to see images of patients they have worked with.

During your consultation, you should ask the Periodontist to see photos of work they have performed.  It is important that you like the dental implants that they have placed.  Your mouth is such a vital part of your body and dental implants should feel, look and act like real teeth.  Gain confidence in the periodontist by examining his work.

It is important to do your research on Periodontists before you choose one.  You will be happy when you choose a quality dental practice that has a sincere desire to provide quality work, so it is especially important that you know who you are working with. Scottsdale Implant professionals are not all created equal but there some quality professionals that are focused on your satisfaction and will provide nothing less. Dr. Kaiser is the best option and is here for you!  At Total Freedom Dental Implants we will make the best possible choice when it comes to addressing your teeth replacement needs.  Replacing teething does not have to be scary! We care about our patients and will do all we can to make you feel comfortable during your Scottsdale dental implants and Periodontal treatment plans.  You will not go wrong selecting Total Freedom Dental.

Complete Versus Partial Dentures What’s the Difference

scottsdale denturesAs children, when we would lose a tooth, we would proudly show off the fallen soldier and the gap in our smile. Back then, it did not seem bad to have them fall out, but as we get older, the story changes drastically. Any adult knows that it is never a good thing to damage our permanent teeth. A quick visit to one of our dental offices in Scottsdale, Arizona or Phoenix, Arizona can provide patients with insight into what needs to get done.

Many people who lose a tooth or several often come to us to get some dentures made or repaired. Those who are new to the procedure are probably wondering what they are and how they work.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are artificially made teeth and gums. They are designed to act as replacements for missing teeth. Scottsdale dentures aren’t permanent fixtures, unlike Total Freedom Dental Implants. They can be removed from the mouth and put back in with relative ease. Although they require some getting used to and will never feel like our real teeth, they will serve an aesthetic and functional purpose. Nowadays, innovations in materials, equipment, and processes have made dentures resemble teeth more naturally. Most even find them to be more comfortable as well.

What Are They Made Of?

Older artificial teeth were created with plastic and porcelain, modern versions have done away with this. Instead, the dentures that are now available are made out of hard resin. But just because it is a hard resin doesn’t mean it cannot break or crack. In comparison to the enamel in our natural teeth, the materials that make up dentures are still more fragile. This makes them prone to cracks and chips when we don’t care for them properly or drop them.

Since the material has faster wear, unlike our real teeth, dentures require replacements about every five years.

What Are the Types of Dentures?

Dentures come in two types. A dentist can assess the remaining teeth and gums to determine whether partial or full dentures are needed. Here is how they differ.

Partial Dentures

When the surrounding teeth lack the strength to support structures like dental brides or when there are more than one or two missing teeth, a partial denture is chosen over any other replacement methods.

The way a partial denture works is by fitting it to the area of the gum line where it can sit comfortably. It is then attached to the closest natural teeth to stop it from moving or falling out of place. Partial dentures are not permanently attached. They are designed to allow the wearer to take them out at any time for cleaning or before sleeping.

Full Dentures

Also known as complete dentures, this type of artificial teeth can replace all of the natural teeth in our mouth. We can have them fitted on the top of the gum line. They are generally held in place by suction or with the aid of oral adhesive. Even though adhesives are used, we can still remove them with ease.

Finding the Type of Dentures That Suit You Best

Deciding on which type of denture you need is done with the guidance of Dr. Kaiser. More often than not, full dentures are recommended for patients who no longer have any salvageable teeth left.

Partial dentures will come into play when only a few gaps in the patient’s smile need to be replaced. Of course, it is not unheard of for some patients to request Total Freedom Dental Implants instead.

No dentist would suggest full dentures to someone with a single gap, especially when all the rest of the teeth are perfectly healthy. Patients cannot walk in and pick a denture type based on their whims. The selection will be done based on the overall needs and effects it will have.

The Process of Getting Your Dentures

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Getting dentures made, unfortunately, does not happen with just a single visit to the dentist. The process of getting dentures, whether full or partial, will require multiple appointments over a span of weeks. It is vital for the dental impressions (molds) to come out extremely accurate. Numerous appointments may also be needed to try the dentures on to ensure that they are the correct shape, fit, and color. The final appointment should result in complete dentures that fit naturally and comfortably.

Patients from Scottsdale, Arizona and Phoenix, Arizona who come to our practice as first-time denture users are provided with additional instructions on how to best care for the new appliances.

It is completely normal to experience some soreness and increased saliva flow as well as chewing and speech difficulty. Over time, as the tissues and muscles get accustomed to the new dentures, the initial feelings will subside.

Are There Any Alternatives to Dentures?

Understandably, there are many patients who would rather be free of the nuisances that dentures come with. The best alternative for this is Total Freedom Dental Implants. Implants provide a fit that is more comfortable and also looks more natural. And unlike dentures, Total Freedom Dental Implants are more reliable and are known to last longer. It is even possible to use dental implants as a means to support and offer stability to dentures.

Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

A dental implant is a modern tooth replacement method. This artificial tooth mirrors the structure of our natural teeth, and it comes built with a titanium root. The root is then fitted snugly into the bone. We can then use the inserted implant to support a crown, bridge, or denture.

Patients in Scottsdale, Arizona or Phoenix, Arizona will be happy to know that our offices are within easy reach. Our Scottsdale Dental Implants Center is equipped with up-to-date dental equipment to ensure our patients receive the best treatment.

And with his 20 years of experience in periodontics and surgical implant dentistry, Gerald L. Kaiser D.D.S. is the perfect person to entrust with your Total Freedom Dental Implants procedure.

What You Need to Know About Dentures

When you loose your teeth or they begin to fail, an option may be complete or partial dentures.  A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth.  There are two types of dentures that we offer at Total Freedom, complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are given when all the teeth are missing.  Partial dentures are used when some of the teeth are missing.  Dentures can be a nice alternative to dental implants because they do not cost as much.

Many patients who are interested in Scottsdale dentures because they are not a candidate for dental implants ask if dentures are safe, do they hurt and how do you eat with them.  Dentures are very beneficial if you are suffering from missing teeth.  They are a great option to get your smile back and regain confidence!

scottsdale denturesWhat are dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic devices that are placed in your mouth and are used to replace the teeth. The devices help by replacing missing teeth or the entire set of your teeth, depending on your situation.  Our experienced denturist specializes only in dentures and will ensure that the dentures fit perfectly for you.  He will make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements.  He will create a model for you to try and ensure the exact shape and position of the denture is made.  Once that is confirmed, he will case a final denture.  Then, he will adjust when necessary.

There’s little discomfort involved, and you will leave our dental office looking different to yourself, in a positive and good way!

Benefits of dentures

Dentures restore your smile! You will no longer have to be worried about how your mouth looks when you leave your Scottsdale home.  Dentures come with a multitude of benefits for people who suffer from damaged or broken teeth. With missing teeth, your mouth’s functionality is sure to decrease. By opting for dentures, you will be able to bring this back as you will be able to chew and speak better. No more worrying about spit falling through your missing teeth or having to chew from only one side because your missing teeth do not allow you to chew anything from the other side.

Support for facial features

Your facial features need your teeth’s support to uphold and maintain themselves. With missing teeth, this causes your facial features to sag. The features around your mouth, especially your cheeks can sag. Dentures can ensure this does not happen! With dentures in place, you will be able to make sure that your facial features get all the support they need.

Increased self-confidence

Many of our patients are self-conscious about their smile because of missing teeth.  They are tired of worrying about their appearance because of missing or broken teeth.  With dentures and dental implants, you no longer must worry about that.  Dentures immediately boost a person’s confidence as they can feel better about themselves and live their life to the fullest rather than fearing people seeing their missing teeth. It helps you smile better and gets you doing things that you previously thought you could not!

Easy cleaning allows for better oral health

Dentures also allow you to clean them and your mouth easily. Just like natural teeth, you will have to brush them at least twice a day to make sure that they are clean. Dentures offer you more than a complete set of teeth. As soon as you get them, you will feel like a different person in the best way possible. They help you with your everyday functions such as eating and speaking, while also making sure you feel your best.

Same Day Emergency Denture Repairs in Scottsdale Arizona

At Total Freedom, we understand that a fractured, cracked or chipped denture can cause great pain and turmoil.  You may have to stop all activity and work. You will not be able to smile, eat or speak normally. A broken denture can also affect your self-confidence. Which is why we have an experienced and trusted denturist in our office. We now offer same day emergency denture repairs to get you functioning and smiling again. We are also able to offer a quick turnaround time on other denture issues such as adjustment or relines. Our goal is to get your denture restored without interrupting your life.

Having a denturists’ expertise and professionalism as part of our team at Total Freedom Dental Implants make us the best possible choice when it comes to addressing your teeth replacement needs. If implants are not quite right for you now and you want a new or replacement denture or partial, you won’t go wrong selecting Total Freedom Dental.

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