One of the dangers of gum disease is that in many cases, it can be painless. Because of this, a person may not be aware that they have the disease. You may have noticed that your gums are swollen or that they bleed when you brush and floss. Your teeth may feel loose, or you may have chronic bad breath. Or, your regular dentist may notice the signs of gum disease before you experience any symptoms.
If your gum disease is in the early stages, our periodontists may suggest some changes to your hygiene regimen or personal habits, or prescribe a medication. Gum disease may be treated with scaling and root planing. Scaling involves our periodontists removing the plaque from your teeth above and below the gum line. In root planing, the roots of your teeth will be cleaned and smoothed so that they can re-attach themselves to your jawbone.
If your gums have receded, this means that they moved away from your teeth. This being the case, you may require a soft tissue graft. We offer three types of gum grafts: connective tissue grafts, pedicle grafts, and free gingival grafts.
Ultimately, the best treatment for gum disease is to address it before it sets in. The primary cause of gum disease if the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. You can fight plaque buy brushing at least twice a day for two minutes with a toothpaste containing fluoride, and by flossing once a day. Seeing your regular dentist for professional cleanings and exams will give your dentist the chance to remove any plaque left over from brushing, remove the tartar from your teeth, and to check for gum disease.
If you are concerned about your gums or any other aspect of your oral health, it is time for a visit with Drs. Royzman and Royzman. If you live in the New York, New York, area, you can make an appointment at D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C. by calling 212-759-7763.