Tooth loss and gum disease can take a serious toll on your oral health and function.
Periodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on maintaining the tissues and structures that support the teeth.
The skilled dentists at Brooklyn Heights Dental® in Brooklyn, NY, provide periodontal care to give you a beautiful, happy, healthy smile.
Periodontics and Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It occurs when bacteria and plaque build up below the gumline. Gingivitis can cause red, swollen, and tender gums, as well as bad breath. Good oral hygiene and professional cleanings from our Brooklyn Heights dentists can prevent or even reverse gingivitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease that occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. Symptoms of periodontitis include gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth sensitivity. In the advanced stages of periodontitis, chronic bad breath, oral pain, and even tooth loss can occur.
Why Choose the Brooklyn Heights Dental® Team For Your Periodontal Care?
Our skilled team of dentists has the experience and training to provide a wide range of treatments, including dental implants, for all of your dental concerns. There's no need to visit both a periodontist and a dentist when you choose Brooklyn Heights Dental®. Get the care you need for optimal oral health under one roof.
Our dental practice accepts most insurance plans, helps you use your flexible spending account (FSA), and accepts flexible CareCredit® financing to make your periodontal care more accessible and affordable.
We understand that visiting the dentist can be a major source of anxiety and fear for some patients. While we take pride in our gentle approach, sometimes a patient just needs a bit more to feel relaxed. We offer sedation dentistry options such as nitrous oxide and IV sedation so you can comfortably undergo dental treatment no matter your needs.
Don't Wait and Risk Your Oral Health Call Our Brooklyn Dental Office Today
Gum disease is common, impacting almost half of adults over 30. Prompt treatment can stop the progression of the disease and prevent further dental issues, like tooth loss and jawbone atrophy. However, if you currently suffer from advanced periodontal concerns, our dentists offer multiple treatments in the field of periodontics, including dental implants and restorations, to restore your oral health and function. There's no need to visit a periodontist when you have our team in your corner.
Request a periodontal consultation with our dentists today by calling our practice in Brooklyn Heights, NY, or by contacting us online. We gladly serve patients from the surrounding communities in Brooklyn and other areas of New York as well.
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Periodontal Procedures Offered at Our Brooklyn Practice
Good oral hygiene can help you prevent periodontal concerns. However, if gum disease develops anyway, your dentist can catch it early during a dental cleaning and reverse it in the early stages, helping you avoid more oral health issues.
If build-up develops below the gums, a routine dental cleaning may not be enough to reach it. Scaling and root planing allows your dentist to clean bacteria pockets both above and below the gumline. Once the pockets are cleaned, the tooth roots are smoothed to prevent bacteria from becoming trapped along them.
Gum recession occurs gradually and leaves the tooth roots exposed. This can cause pain and sensitivity. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique loosens and repositions the tissue to provide a more even gumline and protection to your tooth roots.
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) treatment involves using a tiny laser to eliminate bacteria along the gums and between the teeth. This procedure is used by dentists and periodontists to treat gum disease in a safe and effective manner. Because the lasers seal the tissue, there are lower risks of bleeding and infection. This method also allows for more comfortable care and quicker recovery, making it a trusted treatment among dentists and periodontists.
If you are missing teeth due to gum disease, dental implants can restore your smile once the gum disease has been treated. Implants act as artificial tooth roots to support restorations such as dental crowns, dentures, and dental bridges. Implants also provide stimulation to the jaw to keep it healthy following tooth loss.
Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontics
Does periodontal treatment hurt?
No. We use gentle techniques, local anesthetics, and sedation dentistry options to ensure you are completely comfortable during treatment. If at any time you feel discomfort, please let your dental team know so they can address it as soon as possible.
Is gum disease really linked to other health risks?
Yes. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for other health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. By caring for your oral health, you can help protect your overall health.
Can I prevent periodontal issues?
Yes. While not all cases of gum disease can be avoided, you can lower your risk of periodontal issues by practicing good oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice daily. Avoid tobacco products, as they increase your risk of gum recession and advanced periodontal disease. Finally, visit your dentist regularly for exams and professional cleanings. This lets them catch issues early and prevent more extensive oral issues like tooth loss.