Although many people don’t realize it, the health of your gums is just as crucial to your oral hygiene as the health of your teeth. At Meadowbrook Dental Care in Mineola, New York, Miguel A. Casañas Jr., DDS, and Publio Silfa, DDS, provide a range of preventive and diagnostic treatments for periodontal disease. If you live on Long Island and think you may have gum disease, it’s time to do something about it. Call the office today to schedule your periodontal assessment or book your appointment online.
Periodontal disease is a severe gum disease that ranges from inflammation to a bone-destroying infection that can lead to tooth loss.
In its mild form, periodontal disease inflames the gums surrounding your teeth. This inflammation is called gingivitis, and it can cause a variety of symptoms, including red or swollen gums that may bleed when you brush them. At this stage, you can reverse the condition with proper care and treatment.
Once gingivitis progresses, it can lead to periodontitis, a severe infection of your gums. At this stage, periodontal disease makes your gums bleed, and they often recede, allowing plaque to reach your jawbone. Once it impacts your bones, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Periodontal disease is characterized by receding and inflamed gums, but it also has a variety of other symptoms. Some of the most common are:
To treat periodontal disease, Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa recommend full-mouth debridement. Because the buildup of plaque is often too much to remove during regular teeth cleanings, debridement is usually necessary and allows your dentist to thoroughly clean teeth pockets.
If your condition has progressed, your dentist may suggest scaling and root planing. A more aggressive treatment, scaling and root planing deep clean your pockets and fight off future plaque buildup. In severe cases, Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa may use a special laser to promote healing or antibiotics that destroy any lingering bacteria in your gums.
You may need general periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months to avoid further damage to your teeth and gums. It’s especially important that you brush twice a day and floss once a day to prevent the condition from worsening.
Whether you want to prevent periodontal disease or are looking for a dentist who provides care and treatment, Dr. Casañas and Dr. Silfa can help. Book your appointment online today or call the office to schedule