Gum Disease An Overview
Gum disease is a progressive disease that can damage the integrity of the health and function of the smile. Bella Smiles specializes in the prevention, treatment and management of gum disease in Roslyn, NY. Periodontal disease is a disease that can damage the integrity of the health and function of the smile. Harmful bacteria in the mouth feed off of tartar and plaque buildup and multiply, spreading throughout the mouth. The bacteria will eventually grow in pockets deep inside the gum line. As the bacteria spread, the gum line can separate from the teeth and begin to recede, leaving tooth roots exposed and the teeth can become susceptible to extreme sensitivity and even loss. Other contributing factors to gum disease may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes (as in pregnancy or menopause), and poor nutrition. It’s important to seek help from Dr. Sal Lotardo if you think you may have gum disease.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
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Gum Disease What to Expect
Gum Disease Treatments
After a complete evaluation of your oral health, Dr. Lotardo will assess the stage of your gum disease. Dr. Lotardo will then recommend treatment designed to address any possible damage and prevent further development. Treatment for gum disease can include:
Antibacterial rinses: If caught early, gingivitis can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning. For mild gum disease or persistent gingivitis, Roslyn, NY dentist, Dr. Lotardo will recommend using an at home anti-bacterial rinse which will maintain gum health between visits.
Scaling and root planning: This treatment method is an intensive dental cleaning that removes bacteria from the gums. Using special tools, Dr. Lotardo will scrape away plaque and tartar build up and removes bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms. Removing the bacteria from the pockets in the early stages of development can help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
Laser dentistry: Using state of the art dental lasers, Dr. Lotardo can remove harmful gum disease causing bacteria without the need for surgery, sutures or long downtime in his Roslyn, NY dentist office. The use of dental lasers has made treating gum disease more effective and far less painful. A laser can be used to remove diseased tissue while stimulating healing to restore healthy gums.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re searching for a dentist that treats gum disease in Roslyn, NY and Riverhead, NY, schedule an appointment with Bella Smiles. Dr. Lotardo offers many treatments to help you heal and prevent all stages of gum disease.