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Periodontal Disease Treatment at Happy Smiles Dental

Preserving Your Oral Health with Advanced Care

At Happy Smiles Dental, we are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, a condition that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Our team of dental professionals understands the critical link between oral health and overall well-being. With cutting-edge treatments and a patient-first approach, we aim to combat periodontal disease, restore health to your gums, and ensure the longevity of your smile.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. In its early stage, known as gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which can be easily treated and reversed. If not treated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the tooth, supporting bone is lost, and the teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

  • Bleeding gums during and after tooth brushing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Our Treatment Approach

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Every treatment begins with a thorough assessment of your gum health, including the use of digital X-rays and periodontal charting, to determine the extent of the disease.
  • Scaling and Root Planing: A deep-cleaning procedure that removes tartar and bacteria from below the gum line and smooths the tooth roots to help gums reattach to the teeth.
  • Medication: Antimicrobial agents may be used as an adjunct to mechanical cleaning procedures to reduce bacteria and inflammation.
  • Laser Therapy: For more advanced cases, laser therapy may be employed to remove infected tissue and promote healing of the gums without the need for surgery.
  • Surgical Treatments: In severe cases, surgical interventions such as flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts may be necessary to restore periodontal health.

Why Choose Happy Smiles Dental for Periodontal Disease Treatment?

  • Expertise: Our team is highly skilled in the latest periodontal treatment techniques, ensuring you receive the most effective care possible.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: We understand that each patient's situation is unique, and we tailor our treatments to meet your specific needs.
  • Compassionate Care: We believe in treating our patients with the utmost respect and empathy, ensuring a comfortable and anxiety-free experience.
  • Focus on Prevention: Beyond treating existing disease, we emphasize education and preventive measures to help you maintain optimal oral health and prevent future occurrences.

Take the First Step Towards Healthier Gums

Periodontal disease can be a silent ailment, often progressing without pain or obvious symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. If you suspect you may have periodontal disease, or if it's been a while since your last dental check-up, contact Happy Smiles Dental today to schedule an evaluation. Let us help you take proactive steps towards maintaining a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

  • According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should receive their first dental checkup between six months and one year of age. This will allow your dentist to confirm the healthy development of your child’s baby teeth. From this point on, regular checkups once every six months should be the norm unless your dentist recommends otherwise.
  • Simply click the book an appointment button on your screen to schedule an appointment at your convenience! Our front desk staff will be happy to hear from you. Please let us know if you are a new patient and we will work with you to make sure that your first appointment goes smoothly and comfortably!
  • Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common dental problems—and also one of the most easily treated and avoided. Caused by plaque and bacteria buildup, gum disease can be further aggravated by tobacco use, teeth grinding, and certain medications. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Left untreated, however, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. Here are a few common symptoms of gum disease: - Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums - Chronic bad breath - Loose teeth, or loss of teeth - Extreme tooth sensitivity - Receding gum line - Abscessed teeth
  • A cavity is a small hole inside of a tooth caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay is generally caused when plaque builds up outside the tooth and combines with sugar and starches in food ad drinks. This produces an acid that destroys tooth enamel and makes tooth decay possible. Left untreated, cavities can cause serious oral health problems—not to mention quite a deal of pain! The best way to prevent cavities is by regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.
  • - Brush your teeth a minimum of two times per day. - Just as importantly, floss at least once! - Use toothpaste that contains fluoride in order to help prevent cavities. - Avoid foods with a lot of sugar, as sugar increases the amount bacteria in your mouth. - Avoid tobacco, as it stains your teeth and greatly increases your risk for oral cancer. - Brush your tongue in order to remove food particles, reduce bacteria, and keep your breath smelling fresh. - Change your toothbrush every three months. - Schedule a routine checkup with your dentist every six months, even if your teeth feel fine!
  • As mentioned above, the general consensus (which is also promoted by the American Dental Association) states that most adults and children should visit the dentist twice per year—roughly once every six months. However, it is important to remember that patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may need to visit the dentist more often. The only way to be certain about your individual needs is to speak with a dentist.
  • Choosing a dentist is a personal decision that should be made based upon your dental needs, as well as your personal values. Here are a few of the reasons we believe that Digital Dental Arts is the best choice for our patients. - Convenient scheduling options. - Central location right off the Union Turnpike in Queens. - State-of- the-Art facility. - Special attention to making our patients feel comfortable. - Attention to preventative care and the development of good dental habits. - Straightforward payment process and willingness to work with insurance companies.
  • The general medical consensus affirms that the average patient should see the dentist roughly once every six months. Unfortunately, many people do not take this seriously because they do not understand the importance of dental checkups. Here are a few reasons why visiting the dentist is important. - Defends against tooth decay - Lowers your risk of chronic bad breath. - Protects against gum disease, (known professionally as Periodontal Disease.) - Lowers your risk of tooth and bone loss - Eliminate the stains that develop inevitably due to food, drinks, and tobacco - Strengthens your teeth, which can improve the quality of your life for years to come. - Helps you look and feel your best, knowing that you have a healthier and more attractive smile!
  • Absolutely! Although you may be seeing your orthodontist regularly, it is still very important that you see your dentist regularly. In fact, it is especially important that you receive regular cleaning, as braces can trap food and particles in a manner that is difficult for regular brushing to remove. This can increase your risk of many oral conditions. Dental checkups will allow your dentist to work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your mouth stays clean and healthy while wearing braces.
  • As the name suggests, fillings are used to fill cavities after they have been treated. Here are a few important facts about fillings that all patients should know: - Receiving a filling is generally painless due to anesthetics. - Fillings are made from specially chosen materials designed to be safe and comfortable. - If you think you might need a filling, contact your dentist as soon as possible.