Periodontal Treatment in Huntington Station, NY
Periodontitis can destroy your teeth if you don’t get treatments for it. It causes teeth to eventually become loose and require removal. However, with periodontal treatment, the teeth will stay tight in the jaw and you won’t lose them.
What are the Signs of Periodontitis?
As periodontal disease progresses, the symptoms worsen. It starts out as gingivitis, which causes bright red gums, swollen, tender and bleeding gums while brushing or flossing your teeth.
If you notice these symptoms, you can take action by using antibacterial mouthwashes or toothpaste, thoroughly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day. As the disease progresses into periodontitis, you will notice your gums receding so that they appear longer and you may see teeth roots.
Also, sores may develop in your mouth, there can be pus between the gums and teeth, and your breath may start smelling bad.
As soon as you notice the gums pulling back, call our dentists at Kane Dental of Huntington in Huntington Station, NY for an examination. If they diagnose periodontitis, often the first action they will take is a scaling and root planing cleaning.
This type of cleaning removes plaque and tartar from teeth, the gum line and any part of the root that is visible. Although brushing your teeth removes plaque, if it dries and forms tartar, then its removal requires a dental cleaning.
Although cleanings usually take place every six months, for periodontitis, our dentists at Kane Dental of Huntington may recommend more frequent cleanings to help the gums heal.
They may recommend cleanings every three months at our facility in Huntington Station, NY, or in severe cases, you may need monthly cleanings.
If the disease continues to progress, then pockets in the gums can form around the teeth. These pockets are a breeding ground for bacteria because they can be difficult to clean by brushing.
To reduce the size of the pockets, our dentist at Kane Dental of Huntington in Huntington Station, NY will clean them out before cleaning your teeth. Depending on their depth and if your teeth are loosening, a surgical procedure may need to take place to stitch the pockets to make them smaller.
At the first signs of worsening gingivitis or periodontitis, you should contact our dentists to have a periodontal treatment to help save your teeth.