Periodontal Disease Can Harm Your Long-term Oral and General Health
At Brooklyn Heights Dental, Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile. Gum disease is a serious issue that can result in tooth loss, gum recession, significant discomfort, and general health problems. Our team can often prevent periodontal disease by providing regular cleanings and exams at our Brooklyn Heights, NY, practice. We also offer several treatment options if we detect gum disease. By addressing these problems early, we can prevent long-term damage to your smile. Understanding gum disease is the key to prevention and treatment, and our dentists encourage you to become familiar with its symptoms, risk factors, and preventative measures.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when plaque accrues on the teeth, causing bacteria to grow, and resulting in inflammation and infection of the gums. Periodontal disease may be caused by poor oral hygiene; however, certain medications, medical conditions, and genetics can also increase your risk of gum disease. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, can be treated with regular dental cleaning and a commitment to daily brushing and flossing. However, if bacteria continues to build up below the gumline, deep pockets can form in the soft tissue. Known as periodontitis, this condition will eventually cause gums to pull away from the tooth roots, and may result in decay and loss of teeth.
The Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Tender and bleeding gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gumline, causing teeth to appear longer
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Our first goal at Brooklyn Heights Dental is to prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place. Routine dental care, including exams and cleanings, will remove plaque before it causes bacteria to build up. At your biannual visits, we can also explain the most effective ways to care for your smile at home.
Drs. Stanislaus and Reid offer treatment for all stages of gum disease. If you are suffering from gingivitis, you will typically need scaling and root planing. Your dentist or hygienist will clean pockets of bacteria from your gums, first numbing the gums to minimize discomfort. After cleaning the pockets, your practitioner will smooth the tooth roots. Rough patches can trap bacteria, so a deep cleaning will help prevent gum disease from recurring.
With our comprehensive periodontal care, we can help you achieve optimal oral health while protecting your teeth from further damage and decay.
If you are suffering from more advanced gum disease, you may be a candidate for LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) treatment. After numbing your gums, your practitioner will insert a tiny laser into the space between your tooth and gums. The laser will eradicate bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. In most cases, you will need two rounds of treatment, neither of which requires significant recovery time.
The Importance of Periodontal Treatment
Without prompt treatment, gum disease can have serious consequences. As gums start to recede, tooth loss can occur. The jawbone may also start to recede, further speeding tooth loss. Jawbone recession can alter the overall structure and appearance of the face.
Perhaps even more significantly, periodontal disease can negatively influence your overall physical health. Studies show that patients with periodontitis are at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease may also make it more difficult to manage diabetes and blood sugar fluctuations.
However, with our comprehensive periodontal care, we can help you achieve optimal oral health while protecting your teeth from further damage and decay.
Contact Brooklyn Heights Dental
If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, or if you have neglected your routine dental visits, do not delay the care you need. Contact Brooklyn Heights Dental today to schedule an appointment so we can help you restore your smile.