Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and affects not only your gums but your teeth, tissues, and jawbone as well. Gum disease is also one of the most common oral diseases, with many adults having it at some point during their lives. The disease develops due to bacteria forming on your teeth below the gumline. As the bacteria remains on your teeth over time, it causes your gums to become inflamed and pull away from your teeth. This makes your teeth less secure and gums more vulnerable to disease progression. Gum disease can become more severe over time but is easily treatable if caught early. If you suspect you may have gum disease, reach out to our office in Staten Island, NY, for an appointment, and we will be happy to examine your gums and provide recommendations for your treatment.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs in three stages and becomes more severe as the disease advances. Gingivitis is the first stage of the condition and is classified by swollen gums that bleed when brushing or flossing. If the disease is caught in this first stage and treated, patients can avoid the next stage where the condition becomes incurable. The next stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis. Once the disease has progressed to this step, you may experience gum recession, tooth sensitivity, and more gum swelling. In the final stage, advanced periodontitis occurs and is characterized by jaw bone deterioration and tooth loss. Without treatment, the disease can continue to spread and affect other areas of your mouth and body.
Scaling & Root Planing Treatment
Our team offers scaling and root planing to treat gum disease and prevent the progression of the condition. Scaling and root planing are performed with small tools that we use to clean the area between the teeth and the gums. When scaling the tooth, these dental instruments remove the bacteria both above and below the gum line. Root planing is performed by smoothing the tooth root and allowing the gums to reattach to the teeth. These procedures work by immediately removing gum disease-causing bacteria and giving your dental health a chance to recover while your gum is able to reconnect with the roots of your teeth.
Benefits of Gum Disease Treatment
By treating gum disease in its early stages, you’re able to avoid losing your teeth and requiring procedures that restore your dental health artificially. Gum disease may progress painlessly with subtle changes occurring, which are difficult to notice at first. It’s important to schedule regular appointments with your dentist to examine your teeth and gums. Make your dental health a priority and eliminate the risk of gum disease by scheduling a visit to our Staten Island, NY office today!
Quality Care You Can Trust
At our office, you can count on consistent quality services and friendly team members eager to work with you and make sure you’re comfortable throughout your visit. We understand that people get nervous coming to the dentist, especially when dealing with gum disease. Our team makes your comfort our priority, and we do everything we can to make your experience as relaxing as possible. You can count on us to offer support and kindness at every step, no matter where your dental journey takes you! Give us a call today, and we will schedule your visit to talk about any concerns you may have and work together to discover your dental needs.