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Periodontics in Plainview, NY

Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that damage the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. These diseases can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with our experts to learn more details about periodontal diseases and periodontics in Plainview, NY.

About Periodontics and Periodontal Diseases

“Periodontal” is a dental term that literally means “around the tooth.” Among the many forms of periodontal disease, the most common type is adult periodontitis, which can affect young adults in their early 20s. In general, the sooner periodontal disease is detected and treated, the better the long-term outcome.

Who Gets Periodontal Disease?

Various factors, alone or in combination, can make anyone susceptible to periodontal disease. That’s why it’s very important to observe these elements. The most common ones are:

  • Oral Hygiene
  • Specific Health Problems Like Diabetes and Circulatory Issues
  • Lifestyle Choices Such As Tobacco, Alcohol, or Drugs
  • Hormonal Changes From Puberty
  • Genetic Predisposition

Smoking and its release of nicotine into the bloodstream are among the biggest issues relating to periodontal disease’s inception and severity. Due to hormonal changes influencing the oral cavity, including the onset of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, women are more susceptible to various life stages.

Is It Normal For My Gums To Bleed?

Bleeding gums are just one of the signs of gum disease. Gum tissue is similar to the skin on your hand. You’d know something was wrong if your hands bled every time you washed them. Warning signs of gum disease are essential to note and follow up on with professional advice. These signs are swollen gums, loss of gum tissue or recession, any putrid taste or unusual oozing from gums (pus), teeth seeming loose or shifting, or changes in your bite – among other symptoms disturbing you.

Periodontal Therapy

Even in the most severe cases of periodontal disease, our periodontist will use non-surgical gum treatments like laser periodontal therapy before resorting to surgery. This procedure improves the overall tissue quality and limits the areas that require surgical intervention. Surgery aims to access areas under the gum line that cannot be effectively cleaned with other methods. It also is used to rebuild lost bone support.

Bone regeneration techniques help stabilize teeth that would become loose over time and eventually be lost. X-rays can show how guided tissue regeneration works with bone fill bolstering the tooth’s support, reducing the pocket depth, and making the area easier to maintain.

We Can Help You

At the office of Dr. Henry A. Sachs, DDS, your dental health will benefit from gentle and effective periodontal treatments in Plainview, NY. Our practice focuses on conservative therapy because, in the early stages of periodontal disease, the best treatment methods are non-surgical. 

These procedures remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line in periodontal pockets using a fine ultrasonic tip or hand instrument between the tooth and gum. This technique is known as scaling and is followed by irrigation with an antibacterial solution. A few weeks after treatment, gum pocket depth is reduced by shrinkage and tightening of the tissue. The improvement can often be maintained by brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings.

Moderate Periodontal Disease showing Tartar Buildup In Periodontal Pocket
Moderate Periodontal Disease showing Tartar Buildup In Periodontal Pocket
Scraping Away Plaque And Tartar Buildup
Scaling & Root Planing
Bone Loss On The Right Side Of The Tooth
Bone Loss On The Right Side Of The Tooth
Bone Fill Following Guided Tissue Regeneration
Bone Fill Following Guided Tissue Regeneration