Gum disease is a chronic condition that can affect your appearance, long-term dental health, and overall physical well-being. Through various periodontal treatments, Dr. Brian Hirschfield can help prevent and treat gum disease at his Lakeville, NY, practice. When you visit Lakeview Dental, you can benefit from our thorough preventive treatments, including exams and cleanings. We also offer a variety of procedures to treat active gum disease. Options include scaling and root planing, topical antibiotics, and gum surgery. In caring for your gums, we can help to prevent tooth loss, bone atrophy, and major systemic health issues.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a two-stage condition caused by excess oral bacteria. During the first stage, called gingivitis, bacteria will gather along your gum line. These buildups cause mild inflammation and redness. In some cases, you could experience minor bleeding, especially when brushing and flossing your teeth. As the bacteria flourishes, it moves deeper into your gums, and periodontitis can develop. Eventually, bacterial pockets can form around your tooth roots, causing your gums to recede and connective tissues to become loose. Along with gum recession, you could experience significant discomfort, bleeding, chronic bad breath, and tooth loss. In very advanced cases, your jawbone could also become damaged and start to recede.
Preventing Gum Disease
Prevention is the best way to address gum disease. Dr. Hirschfield stresses the importance of routine dental appointments. When you visit our office twice a year, our team can eliminate the bacteria responsible for periodontitis. We can also detect the earliest symptoms of gingivitis and treat the condition before you experience major complications.
Of course, along with professional care, it is also important to maintain your oral health at home. Daily brushing and flossing are vital, as is a healthy diet. At your bi-annual visits, we will discuss your hygiene habits and provide tips to improve your dental wellness.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Although we work to prevent gum disease, we can also treat the condition when it does develop. After a thorough evaluation of your gums and a discussion of your symptoms, we can determine the most appropriate treatment for you. To treat moderate gum disease, we will most often recommend scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. First, our team will eliminate periodontal pockets, removing bacteria without disturbing the healthy tissues. Then we will smooth your dental roots to get rid of the rough patches that can harbor bacteria. Often, your practitioner will administer Arestin® during your deep cleaning. This topical medication will be applied to the inside the periodontal pockets, where it will dissolve slowly, releasing antibiotics over time. In this way, it can more completely eradicate bacteria and prevent flare-ups of gum disease.
Periodontal treatment is extremely important to your smile, oral function, and overall well-being.
If you have more serious periodontitis, you may require surgery to restore the health of your gums. Our team can provide a referral to a trusted surgeon if we are unable to care for your particular needs.
The Importance of Periodontal Care
Periodontal treatment is extremely important to your smile, oral function, and overall well-being. First, when we treat gum disease in a timely manner, we can prevent tooth loss and jawbone recession. In addition, our care can keep bacteria from spreading to your jawbone, where it can cause bone degeneration and infection. Furthermore, periodontal treatment can safeguard your overall physical health. Numerous studies have linked gum disease to high blood pressure and heart disease. Our effective treatment can help to prevent these life-threatening conditions from occurring.
Preserve Your Smile and Health
If you suspect you may have moderate or mild gum disease, call our office at (585) 346-3028 or contact our office online as soon as possible. We can schedule a periodontal treatment or a preventive dental visit with our team.