Gum Disease

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Affordable gum disease treatment in Suffolk County, New York — with the dental professionals at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Gum disease treatment in Suffolk County

If you have noticed that your gums are red, sore, or bleed easily, or if you have chronic problems with bad breath, you may be experiencing the early stages of gum disease. If left untreated, your condition can lead to potentially serious problems for your oral and overall health.  Fortunately, however, gum disease is preventable and treatable with a combination of proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental care.  If you are a resident of Long Island in need of cleaning or more specialized treatment, you can easily make an appointment with Long Island dentists Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot to prevent the development or progression of gum disease.

What is gum disease?

If the tissues that support your teeth are infected, you have some form of gum disease.  Gum disease can be a serious matter:  it, rather than tooth decay, is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults.

Gum disease occurs in two stages:

  • Gingivitis: The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.  If you have dark red, swollen gums that bleed easily, you may have early stage gum disease, the result of plaque and calculus causing irritation at the gum line.  Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth when food particles are not adequately removed during brushing and flossing; plaque can harden into calculus (or tartar), which can only be removed by a dentist.
  • Periodontitis: The second stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, which entails the loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth.  The most significant sign of periodontitis is teeth that are loosening because their support system is no longer adequate.  Some studies suggest that advanced gum disease can also contribute to other adverse health conditions, such as diabetes and stroke.

How does gum disease progress?

At first, you may not be aware of problems with your gums.  However, poor oral hygiene, skipping cleanings at the dentist, or ignoring the developing symptoms of gum disease will ultimately take their toll.

Both oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits can prevent gingivitis; fortunately, a combination of regular flossing and brushing and professional dental cleanings can also treat and reverse gum disease in this early stage.  Untreated gingivitis actually leads to periodontitis because irritated and inflamed gums can develop open pockets where bacteria breed, and which ultimately lead to the deterioration of deep level bone and tissue that is late stage gum disease.

While early stage gum disease can often be arrested or reversed, late stage gum disease may require more extensive treatment measures, such as oral surgery.  Ultimately, tooth loss due to advanced gum disease will necessitate dentures.  It is therefore in your best interest to invest in the health of your gums from the earliest possible period.

Treatment options for gum disease

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot will help you prevent or manage gum disease using state of the art technology.  Our Suffolk County patients know that they can count on us for  a gentle and sensitive approach to cleaning and care.

The following kinds of treatment and technology are available at our office:

  • Computerized charting: Sometimes constructive feedback can help you understand the best way to take charge of your own oral hygiene routines in order to maximize your protection against gum disease. Computer software ascertains the existence and level of gum disease, helping our team assess the strengths and weaknesses of your hygiene habits and device the best treatment plan.
  • Cavitron ultrasonic instrumentation: As part of our routine cleaning protocols, we use modern technology, including ultrasonic equipment, to remove plaque from your teeth in order to treat and prevent gum disease.
    Soft tissue therapy: Plaque and tartar deposits are the root cause of gum disease.  Our thoroughly trained staff can provide comprehensive and gentle cleanings to remove such deposits, and thus to prevent or treat diseased gums.
    Perio protect: Biofilms are the communities of bacteria that grow in pockets that have formed between teeth and are the central contributing factor for gum disease.  Through minimally invasive dental care techniques, we can manage biofilms and, thus, the gum disease that they cause.
  • Cavi-jet: the cavi-jet system is a state of the art technology that helps remove stains from your teeth using an air polishing system in addition to more conventional kinds of cleaning.
    In some more advanced cases, more extensive types of surgery may be necessary to treat late stage gum disease.  Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot can help you to determine the best course of action in these cases.

Cost of gum disease treatment in Suffolk County, Long Island

Although questions about cost are always relevant concerns when it comes to dental care, Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry would like to reassure you that cost effective dental care is within your reach.  Although the cost of treatment will vary depending on the specific services needed, we offer reasonable prices for all of our dental procedures.  Payment plans are also available to help finance the cost of treating gum disease.

Remember that preventative care is always less invasive and expensive than treatment for more advanced types of gum disease.  The earlier you see us, the better!

Prevention is key to fighting gum disease

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!  Never is that more true than with reference to gum disease.  Brushing, flossing, and twice-a-year dental cleanings with Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are always a good investment to maintain the health and appearance of your teeth and gums and to prevent more extensive problems along the way.

To schedule a cleaning or other procedure with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot, please call (631) 744-5700.