Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is a common oral health problem globally and in the United States, affecting a significant portion of the adult population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2019 that approximately 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. This prevalence increases with age, with about 70.1% of adults 65 years and older having periodontal disease. Risk factors for periodontal disease include poor oral hygiene, smoking, and diabetes, among others. Therefore, the prevalence in a specific area like New York could be influenced by these factors among the population. Periodontal disease, often known as gum disease, is a common oral health issue that affects many people, causing inflammation and damage to the tissues supporting the teeth. Left untreated, this condition can lead to tooth loss and other systemic health problems. Thankfully, professional periodontal disease treatment in NY is readily available, especially at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic. With advanced treatment options, managing periodontal disease and restoring oral health has become more effective than ever. No matter the extent of the damage from periodontal disease, restorative dentistry can offer a solution to help you regain a healthy and confident smile. At Happy Smiles Dental Clinic, we specialize in providing exceptional care for those battling periodontal disease. We utilize the latest technology and treatment methodologies to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. As one of the leading dental clinics in New York, we're committed to helping you regain and maintain your oral health. No matter the severity of your periodontal disease, our experienced team at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic is here to provide compassionate and effective treatment.
How is periodontal disease treated at Happy Smiles Dental
Here's an illustrative list detailing the typical steps involved in periodontal disease treatment at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic in New York:
- Initial Consultation and Diagnosis: During your first visit, our dental professionals will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health. This includes measuring the depth of your gum pockets, checking for inflammation and bleeding, and taking X-rays to assess bone loss. The results of these examinations will help us diagnose the severity of your periodontal disease.
- Personalized Treatment Planning: Based on your diagnosis, our team will craft a tailored treatment plan to address your specific needs. This could range from non-surgical treatments like scaling and root planing for early-stage gum disease, to surgical procedures for more advanced conditions.
- Non-Surgical Treatments: If your periodontal disease is in the early stages, we typically start with non-surgical treatments. This includes deep cleaning procedures such as scaling, which removes tartar and bacteria from your tooth surfaces and beneath your gums, and root planing, which smoothens the root surfaces to prevent further tartar buildup and bacterial colonization.
- Surgical Treatments: For more advanced cases of periodontal disease, surgical treatments may be necessary. This could involve flap surgery (pocket reduction surgery), bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, or guided tissue regeneration, depending on your condition.
- Maintenance and Follow-Up Care: After your treatments, it's crucial to maintain good oral hygiene and attend regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress. Our team at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic will provide you with the necessary guidance and support to ensure the success of your periodontal treatment and the long-term health of your gums and teeth. Remember, each patient is unique, and so the steps may vary based on individual circumstances and the extent of the periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease symptoms
At Happy Smiles Dental Clinic, we pride ourselves on being experts in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, often known as gum disease. Situated in New Hyde Park, NY, we use top-of-the-line professional equipment to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. Periodontal disease generally starts as gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Patients might notice symptoms such as red, swollen or tender gums, and bleeding during brushing or flossing. Over time, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress to more serious forms of periodontal disease, resulting in deepening pockets between the gums and teeth, changes in the way teeth fit together when biting, and even tooth loss. Dental implants are a popular and successful long-term solution for people who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease. An implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that's surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once in place, it can support a crown, bridge, or denture - essentially, it becomes a sturdy and stable base for the replacement tooth. Restorative dentistry goes beyond implants, though. It encompasses a range of treatments designed to restore functionality and aesthetic appeal to your smile. These treatments can include crowns, bridges, dentures, and fillings, as well as more complex procedures like bone or tissue grafts, which can help regenerate any bone or gum tissue lost to periodontal disease. Our highly skilled and experienced dentist, Dr. Diana Gerov, and the rest of our team at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic are dedicated to detecting these symptoms early, providing timely periodontal disease treatment, and offering preventative advice. Our goal is to stop the progression of periodontal disease and maintain the oral health of all our patients. Remember, early detection is key to preventing serious complications, so don't ignore the early warning signs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Right Age to Start Visit the Dentist?
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.
How do I schedule my next checkup?
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!
What is gum disease?
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
What is a cavity?
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.
What are the Secrets to Good Oral Health?
- 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!
How often should I see the dentist?
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.
How Can I Find the Right Dentist for Me and My Family?
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.
Why visit the dentist?
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!
Do I still Need Regular Dental Checkups if I have Braces?
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.
What is a filling?
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.