Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health issue that affects a significant number of people worldwide. Gum disease can range from mild inflammation to severe damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss, bad breath, and other complications. That’s why it’s crucial to receive gum disease treatment as soon as possible.
Fortunately, with proper treatment, gum disease can be managed, and its effects can be reversed. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen or bleeding gums, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our dentists to receive prompt treatment.
Gum Disease Treatments
There are various gum disease treatment options available. However, the treatment you receive will depend on the severity of the condition. Your dentist will examine your oral health and recommend the treatment best for you.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line. During the procedure, a dental professional will use specialized tools to scrape away the buildup of bacteria and debris that cause gum disease.
Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, they’ll smooth the root surfaces to prevent future bacteria from adhering to them. Scaling and root planing can effectively treat early-stage gum disease and prevent it from progressing to more severe stages.
If scaling and root planing alone aren’t enough to treat gum disease, you may be prescribed antibiotics to help eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. Antibiotics can be prescribed in pill form, mouthwash, or gel that can be applied directly to the gums. Your dentist will determine the best form of antibiotics for your individual needs.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Laser periodontal therapy is a minimally invasive treatment option that uses laser technology to remove infected tissue and promote the regeneration of healthy tissue. The dental laser can target and eliminate bacteria that are causing gum disease, without damaging healthy tissue. This treatment often requires less recovery time compared to traditional gum surgery.
Pocket Reduction (Flap) Surgery
Pocket reduction surgery, also known as flap surgery, is a traditional treatment option for moderate to severe gum disease. During the procedure, your dentist will make an incision in the gums to access the infected area and remove bacteria and plaque buildup. Then, the gums will be sutured to promote healing. This treatment can help reduce pocket depth and prevent further damage to the teeth and gums.
Bone and Gum Grafting
Bone and gum grafting are procedures used to restore the bone and gum tissue that has been lost due to gum disease. During the procedure, a dental professional will take bone and/or gum tissue from another area of the mouth or a donor and transplant it to the affected area. This can help stabilize the teeth and prevent further damage from gum disease.
Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease
Our Staten Island dentists emphasize the importance of receiving treatment for gum disease. Untreated gum disease can cause a range of oral health problems, including
- Gum recession
- Tooth loss
- Bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Jawbone damage
Frequently Asked Questions:
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and gums. Poor oral hygiene habits, such as infrequent brushing and flossing, as well as skipping routine dental cleanings can contribute to the development of gum disease. Other factors, such as smoking, genetics, and certain medications, can also increase the risk of gum disease.
Is gum disease treatment painful?
Gum disease treatment can cause some discomfort, especially if it involves surgery. However, your dentist will use dental sedation or local anesthetics to numb the area before any procedures are performed.
How long does it take to recover from gum surgery?
The recovery time for gum surgery varies depending on the type of surgery. In general, patients can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling for a few days after surgery. Your dentist will provide you with post-operative instructions to help minimize pain and promote faster healing.
Don’t Let Gum Disease Damage Your Smile — Contact Our Dentists for Treatment!
Don’t let gum disease compromise your oral health and overall well-being any longer. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen or bleeding gums, it’s time to take action and schedule an appointment with our dentists today.
Don’t wait any longer to seek the treatment you need to protect your smile. Call us now at (718) 948-5111 to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you.
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