Preventive dental care is vital to the health of your gums and teeth and even your overall health. At every regular dentist appointment, your dentist at Corbin Dental in Jackson Heights, NY will screen for periodontal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 64.7 million Americans have periodontitis. The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it from developing.
What causes Gum Disease?
Most cases of gum disease are caused by plaque build-up on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can only be removed with proper oral hygiene which includes brushing and flossing every day. If not removed, the plaque will eventually cause an infection in the gum tissue. Teeth grinding, TMJ disorders, tobacco use, pregnancy, menopause, and poor nutrition can also lead to gum disease.
Stages of Gum disease
Gum disease is a progressive disease that can wreak havoc on your health. There are two stages of this disease, gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis: This is the first stage of the disease where patients may not be aware they have it. Gingivitis is fairly easy to treat. Extra at home oral care may be required. We may recommend more frequent teeth cleanings for patients suffering from recurring gingivitis.
- Periodontitis: If gingivitis is left untreated, it will develop into periodontitis. Here, the gums have become significantly irritated, swollen, and may bleed frequently. Periodontitis can lead to permanent damage to the gum tissue and teeth. If left untreated, tooth loss and damage to the underlying bone is imminent.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Signs of gum disease can vary from patient to patient. Some people may not even exhibit any symptoms. This is why regular, bi-annual appointments to our Jackson Heights, NY dentist office are so important. If you do have periodontal disease, treating it in the early stages is imperative to your preserving your gums and teeth. A few common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus between gums and teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Changes in the bite or fit of dentures
Gum Disease Treatment in Jackson Heights, NY
Scaling and root planing: Patients exhibiting signs of gum disease in the early stages (gingivitis) will benefit from an intensive cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, your dentist in Jackson Heights, NY will clean the surfaces of all your teeth, removing plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum. This procedure will help prevent severe gum recession and tooth loss.
LANAP®: The LANAP Protocol is an FDA approved treatment for periodontitis (the advanced stage of gum disease). It is a successful, less painful alternative to the conventional surgery. It is a laser treatment that promotes regeneration of the supporting gum tissues without hurting the healthy gum tissue. The benefits of the LANAP protocol include:
- No cutting
- Less pain and swelling
- Faster healing time
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity
- Less downtime post treatment
- Smaller chance of infection
- Less gum loss