At every routine dentist appointment your Corbin Dental dentist will screen for periodontal disease (gum disease). Gum disease develops when a sticky substance called plaque is not routinely removed from your teeth. Plaque eventually hardens into something called tartar. Plaque and especially tartar can lead to gum irritation and infections causing damage to the soft tissues and underlying bone. Untreated gum disease can even lead to further complex dental concerns and tooth loss. Spotting this progressive disease early is pivotal to treating it with conservative treatment options. Corbin Dental in Bayside, NY offers gum disease treatment that is effective and will quickly restore your oral health.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease that leads to red, swollen, irritated, and inflamed gum tissue. When your gums are like this, they bleed very easily often when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is very treatable which should be done promptly to avoid irreversible damage.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it will progress into an advanced stage of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Here, there is usually some loss in the underlying bone and deep pockets have formed along the teeth where the inflamed gums have pulled away from the teeth. We stress treating periodontitis immediately because the longer plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, the more damage it will cause.
Advanced periodontitis is typically seen in patients who have not visited a dentist office in many years and has severely neglected their oral health. Here, bone loss is severe and very deep pockets have formed where a majority of the gum tissue is infected and pulled away from the teeth. If you reach this stage, tooth loss is likely.
The Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Not many people are unaware they have gum disease in the early stages. The best way to avoid is with proper oral care at home and regular visits to our Bayside, NY dentist office. During every visit, you will be screened for gum disease. At-home oral care includes brushing your teeth multiple times a day and also flossing in-between your teeth daily. If you notice any of the following signs of periodontal disease, please schedule a visit with Corbin Dental:
- Receding gums
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dental appliance such as dentures
Treating Gum Disease
Treating your gum disease means regaining your oral health and preventing major overall health issues from progressing. Not many people realize periodontal disease can lead to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Our Bayside, NY dentist office offers the following treatments:
Scaling and root planing: an intensive cleaning where your dentist will thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth. The goal is to remove all plaque and tartar from the pockets of the gum. This will prevent the bacteria from causing damage such as the gums pulling away from the teeth.
LANAP®: is an FDA approved treatment for periodontitis. Typically, a patient would need to undergo surgery at this stage of gum disease. With the use of lasers, only diseased tissue is targeted. The LANAP protocol offers so many benefits including:
- No cutting therefor no stitches are needed
- Less pain, swelling, and bleeding
- Less sensitivity post procedure
- Faster healing time