Periodontal Treatment – Astoria, NY
The Answer to Detrimental Gum Disease
Gum (periodontal) disease is largely considered one of the most common diseases not just in the United States, but around the world. According to reports studying periodontal disease, severe periodontitis is the sixth most prevalent disease worldwide, affecting 11.2 percent of the population or 743 million people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly half of all adults 30 years of age and older have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the more serious form of gum disease that requires more than just additional cleanings and improved oral hygiene to cure. Our office provides scaling, root planing and antibiotic therapy to help patients treat and manage their condition. If you’re suffering from gum disease, contact our office today to speak with Dr. Eduart Shkurti or one of our knowledgeable team members.
The Signs of Gum Disease
One of the main reasons so many people have gum disease is because of how often it goes undiagnosed. Many people don’t even realize they have gum disease until a dentist tells them, so it’s important to be able to recognize the early signs yourself and commit to regular dental exams before the condition worsens. By catching the disease early, you can prevent irreversible conditions like periodontitis. These symptoms include:
- Tender, swollen, red or bleeding gums (either while brushing, flossing or eating)
- Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than usual
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Painful chewing
- Deep periodontal pockets in between teeth
Keep in mind that smoking, skipping your oral care routine and having a diet high in sugars and starches all increase your risk of gum disease. If you carry these habits, it is imperative that you make dramatic changes to reduce the symptoms.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure designed to treat periodontitis and reduce the risk of future infections later. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Dr. Shkurti makes sure to clean the pockets between teeth, preventing plaque and tartar from further inflaming gum tissue. Root planing involves smoothing out the tooth roots in order to promote gum tissue regrowth. The extent of your treatment may take more than one appointment to complete depending on the severity of your gum disease.
On top of scaling and root planing, antibiotic therapy may be prescribed to reduce the risk of future infections. This therapy is designed to eliminate gum disease-causing bacteria and reduce the deterioration of the tooth’s attachment to bone. The medications used may include chlorhexidine, an antimicrobial used to control plaque and gingivitis. This treatment uses either an oral mouth rinse or gelatin-based material that stays inside the mouth and slowly releases active ingredients for several days at a time. Other antibiotics may be used at Dr. Shkurti’s discretion.
The last thing you should do is put off treatment when you know you have gum disease. Contact our office today to get your gum health back on track!