Periodontal disease is a form of gum disease, and we at Island Dental Associates know just how important it is to properly manage your periodontal disease in an effort to save your teeth and your health. With periodontal disease, it’s not just your teeth at risk, and the disease can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or pregnancy complications. As the bacteria from your gums enters the bloodstream, it can create havoc for your body, and for this reason it’s important to keep your periodontal disease properly managed.
At Island Dental Associates, our dentists can help you to manage your periodontal disease in a number of ways, and these range from surgeries, to medications, to deep cleaning through root planing and scaling. Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, multiple methods may be used, but it is always best to continue regular visits to your dentist to ensure your periodontal disease is kept in check.
Root planing and scaling is a method of deep cleaning that removes the tartar buildup from above and below the gum line. These tartar areas are harbors for bacteria, and this is the bacteria that invades the gums and creates a periodontal disease situation. By removing this tartar, your periodontal disease can be kept in better control.
When it comes to medications, there are a vast array that may be given in order to control your periodontal disease. These medications can range from antibiotics taken orally, to simple mouthwashes to be used each day to limit bacteria, and a person’s individual periodontal disease situation will determine which medication, or medications, may be best for them.
In more extreme periodontal disease situations, your dentist may recommend a surgical solution, and this will either come in the form of flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts. Periodontal disease can do a great deal of damage to bone and tissue structures within the mouth, and surgical options can help to repair or restore these damages.
At Island Dental Associates, we use a variety of methods to control the periodontal disease of our patients, and we want to make sure your smile is kept both beautiful and healthy. Periodontal disease not only does a great deal of damage to your mouth, but it can affect your overall health as well, which is why we suggest prompt and thorough care to all of our Long Island area patients