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Protect Your Oral Health with Comprehensive Periodontal Treatment

smiling young manIf you have been diagnosed with gum disease, or if you are experiencing symptoms like tender, bleeding gums, periodontal treatment at our Long Island clinic can help put your oral health back on track. Nonsurgical treatments and medications are often sufficient to help the gums heal. It is important to receive diagnosis and treatment early, before gum disease places you at risk of conditions like tooth loss, jaw bone degeneration, and even heart disease. Contact our friendly, dedicated staff to schedule an appointment and learn how you can prevent and control gum disease.

Progression of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can range from simple inflammation of the gums to deep-seated infection. Problems arise when plaque—a sticky film made up of bacteria and other particles—hardens on the teeth. Regular brushing and flossing help keep plaque at bay, and professional cleanings remove hardened plaque, called tartar. Plaque and tartar that is not removed from the teeth can cause gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. This mild form of gum disease can be treated with regular cleanings at home and at the dental office.

Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a condition that causes the gum tissue to recede and pull away from the teeth. As gingivitis worsens, pockets open up around the teeth and become infected, and bacteria spreads beneath the gum line. In response, the bone and connective tissue that holds the teeth in place start to break down. If timely, effective treatment is not received, affected teeth can loosen and fall out, or eventually require extraction.

Symptoms

Since you may not have any noticeable symptoms of mild gum disease, regular dental check-ups and cleanings are extremely important to screen for early signs of the condition. If you are experiencing inflamed or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, or tenderness or painful chewing, you should see your dentist right away. Other symptoms may include sensitive or loose teeth, and receding gums.

Risks

Risk factors for gum disease include poor dental hygiene, smoking, hormonal changes in women (including pregnancy), illnesses, certain medications that reduce the flow of saliva, and genetic susceptibility. A strong link has also been found between poorly controlled diabetes and gum disease. 

Health complications resulting from gum disease often extend beyond the mouth. Gum disease has been linked to increased inflammation in the body and, by extension, a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis. 

Prevention & Treatment

You can keep your teeth and gums healthy with good at-home and professional dental care. Our doctor recommends you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, clean between teeth with floss at least once a day, quit smoking, and visit our office regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.

Non-surgical treatments include deep cleaning above and below the gum line. Medications such as prescription mouthwash and topical or oral antibiotics can also help. In cases of advanced gum disease, surgical techniques may become necessary. Flap surgery involves gently lifting back the gums to remove tartar, then suturing them back in place so the tissue fits properly around the tooth. Grafts may be recommended to restore any bone and soft tissue that has been lost to gum disease. 

Learn More during a Consultation

Gum disease is a common condition that can have serious consequences for your health, but it is treatable. Our dentists strive for excellence and use only the most innovative and advanced technology to restore your oral health. To learn more, contact us today.

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