Periodontal treatment is the specialized area of dentistry concentrating on gum disease. Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, affects nearly one-half of Americans over the age of 30. With the successful treatment options available today, tooth loss does not have to be the outcome of an unhealthy gumline.
The doctors and the oral healthcare professionals at Beautiful Smiles, located near you in Rego Park, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the aspects and the scopes of periodontal treatment in 11374.
Gum disease is sneaky and progressive. The first stage is gingivitis. In this stage, the gums become swollen, reddened and easily bleed due to the build-up of plaque. This condition is easily treated (when compared to other treatments) and is completely reversible by a professional cleaning followed by daily brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash.
However, if gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress to periodontitis, the serious condition. The build-up of bacterial plaque affects the gumline and the supporting bone and ligaments of the teeth. Eventually, the teeth become loose and will need surgical treatment.
The first step in treating periodontitis is called scaling and root planing. The procedure is the scraping of the plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and roots, and then planing (smoothing) the root surfaces to prevent bacteria from again colonizing within the grooves and crevices. This treatment may take several dental visits and a local anesthetic may be used.
The gums will heal and attach to the newly-cleaned surfaces of the teeth. The dentist will determine if further treatment is necessary after the healing of the scaling and planing procedures.
This procedure, also known as flap surgery, is both surgical and invasive. This procedure is necessary when the gums do not attach snugly, or properly, after scaling and planing. The gumline is cut to expose the supporting bone of teeth. The pocket reduction procedure is the scaling and the planing upon the damaged bone to eliminate the formed pockets and allow the gums to attach to healthy bone.
The most aggressive and invasive of the periodontal treatments near you is the grafting of the gums and the supporting bone to induce new growth where there has been loss. The grafting tissue for the gums may be harvested from other areas of the patient’s mouth or palate. The grafting material for the bone may be either synthetic or natural. The natural tissue may be harvested from the patient or donated from medically-produced material.
The maintenance after any periodontal treatment involves meticulous oral care at home often with prescriptions for antibiotics or for an antimicrobial mouth rinse. These prescribed medications are necessary to prevent the growth of bacteria and the spread of infection.The routine dental check-ups and cleanings will be more frequent to monitor the condition of the teeth and gums and the success of the treatment.
If you would like a consultation regarding periodontal treatment for you or for a member of your family, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Beautiful Smiles, located in Rego Park, serving communities of Corona, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Middle Village, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Maspeth, Whitestone, Flushing, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, East Elmhurst, Sunnyside, College Point, Ozone Park, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, South Richmond Hill and Long Island City, NY, where new patients are always welcome.
Beautiful Smiles is trusted and highly recommended for periodontal treatments, as well as for other procedures in general, corrective and restorative dentistry.