In a perfect world, everyone would brush and floss twice a day and periodontal disease would be a thing of the past. But unfortunately, the opposite is true. Many don’t keep up a consistent oral hygiene routine, and nearly half of American adults are already showing signs of periodontal disease.
That’s where we come in.
Our team of expert dentists at Brooklyn City Dental specializes in treating periodontal disease, and here, we walk through the four types of treatment we offer.
Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis) is the final stage of gum disease. It begins as gingivitis, which occurs when plaque collects on your teeth and along your gum line and causes irritation.
Left untreated, the irritation, redness, and swelling of gingivitis turn into periodontitis — a serious disease that leads to gum recession and pocket formation. Bacteria accumulate in these pockets, advancing the attack on your bones and gums.
Fortunately, there are still options to save your smile. Here’s a closer look at our comprehensive treatments.
If your case isn’t severe, then our first course of action is often conservative, which typically means a course of antibiotics. Depending on your needs, we may recommend that you take them orally, or we may implant small antibiotic beads below the surface of your gums.
Consider scaling and root planing the deepest level of cleaning available. These procedures work in tandem to first remove tartar and bacteria from your teeth and gums (scaling) and then smooth the root surfaces to prevent further buildup, eliminate inflammation-causing bacteria, and help your gums heal (root planing).
More advanced periodontitis requires more invasive procedures, such as pocket reduction surgery. Pocket reduction surgery involves creating tiny incisions in your gum so we can lift a section of your gum tissue back, exposing your tooth root and making it easier for us to begin removing plaque and bacteria.
Once we’re done, we carefully stitch your gums back around your teeth, and you begin the healing process. If necessary, we may recommend antibiotic therapy to completely stop the progression of infection.
In the case of a severe gum recession, we employ soft tissue grafting. This means we take a small section of soft tissue from the roof of your mouth and suture that tissue over your receding gums. The result is a restored gum line you can smile about.
Periodontal disease is severe and aggressive, but there’s a simple way to prevent it from ever happening again. The best way to keep periodontal disease away is to keep up a consistent oral hygiene routine, complete with brushing and flossing. Neither one is enough to completely get rid of harmful plaque and bacteria on its own.
It’s also critical to schedule regular cleanings and checkups with our dentists. Our care and expertise are essential parts of your complete oral hygiene routine.
Are you concerned about your oral health? Don’t wait another day. Call or click to request an appointment with one of our specialists at our Brooklyn, New York, office.