Tackle Gum Disease Right Away
Gum disease may start quietly. At first, you may notice your gums feel tender or bleed when you brush and floss. When plaque and calculus are allowed to accumulate on your teeth, your gums become inflamed and tender before pulling away from your teeth. If left unchecked, this infection can cause more than a little pink in the sink, though. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and even cause systemic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, stroke, or diabetes complications. Gum infection is painful and can impact your quality of life in a variety of ways such as the ability to eat and speech. Our skilled, caring dental team at Shin Huh DMD, PC offers the highly effective, minimally invasive treatments you need to keep infection under control and maintain proper oral health for years to come. We partner with multiple insurance companies to ensure your entire treatment process is easy and painless. Contact us at the first appearance of symptoms!
How to Identify Gum Disease
Focus on Treating Gum Disease
The great news is that periodontal disease is preventable—and curable at an early stage! Just be sure to brush and floss your teeth and have regular professional teeth cleanings and checkups. If you do require care for gum disease, we’re the team to trust. We provide multiple treatments for gum disease in Manhasset, NY, depending on the severity of your case and the stage of gum disease you’re in. Your periodontist will begin with a consultation that includes an oral examination.
Our periodontist will assess your current oral health and provide you with a customized treatment plan that reflects your unique needs. Periodontitis can differ from patient to patient, requiring a customized plan for each patient, as well as the level of peri-implantitis or gum inflammation present. Gingivitis treatment is tackled both in the dental chair and at home. The periodontist will offer tips to make your treatment effective with techniques to use at home. Depending on your treatment and your anxiety level we may offer calming sedation dentistry to guarantee you’re comfortable throughout your visit. With proper treatment, maintenance, and good oral health habits, gum disease doesn’t have to damage your smile again. Most importantly, a smile free from bacteria and infection helps you live an overall healthy lifestyle!
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Scaling and Root Planing
A non-surgical treatment, scaling and root planing is often the first procedure in the fight against gum disease. Scaling removes the bacterial plaque from above and below the gumline. Root planing smooths the tooth surfaces to encourage healthy tissue reattachment and protection against future infection.
Osseous surgery is the most aggressive treatment for advanced gum disease in Manhasset, NY. It involves removing the diseased gum tissue and repairing the damaged bone to restore support to the teeth. This surgery also removes the bacteria and calculus trapped in the deep pockets between the teeth. Your periodontist is highly trained and skilled in this technique and will be happy to answer any questions.
Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)
PST is a ground-breaking technique where your periodontist stabilizes the area of gum recession by injecting collagen via a small hole in the gums. Patients are often thrilled with this minimally invasive treatment option.
Once gum disease has been comprehensively treated, periodontal maintenance is recommended to ensure it does not return. This procedure is completed every 3-4 months and involves a deep cleaning of the teeth at and below the gumline to remove bacteria and plaque accumulation. These deep cleanings will replace your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments.