Gum disease affects your whole body, not just your oral health. The experienced aesthetic and family dentists at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights know how quickly gum disease can become a serious health concern. At their office in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the team uses modern technology and the most advanced periodontal treatments available to restore your gum health. To learn more about periodontics, call Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights or schedule an appointment online today.
Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the health of your gums and tooth-supporting tissues. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an inflammatory infection of the gums. It causes inflammation, redness, and pain. The infection eats away at your gum tissue. Over time, your teeth may not have the support they need to thrive. This can lead to tooth loss in adults.
There are two types of gum disease that periodontics treats:
Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that primarily causes inflammation and redness. If you have gingivitis, your teeth are still firmly in place. A deep cleaning and routine dental care can help reverse the effects of gingivitis in its early stages.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. If you have periodontitis, the infection has spread beneath your gum line. Once this happens, the infection begins to eat away at your tooth-supporting bone and tissue. Your teeth may no longer feel stable, and they can start to loosen.
While periodontitis is not reversible, early intervention can significantly improve your outcome. The team at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights uses advanced treatments to eliminate your infection before it spreads and begins destroying your tooth-supporting structures.
Depending on the severity of your condition, the team at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights may recommend one or more of the following periodontal treatments:
Also called a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the team cleans out pockets of plaque and bacteria trapped beneath your gum line. Once these pockets are free of plaque, the team reattaches your gums to the roots of your teeth to form a tight seal.
Laser gum therapy is a safe, non-surgical treatment to remove diseased gum tissue. This treatment can eliminate plaque and bacteria with less blood and pain than traditional gum surgery.
Arestin is an antibiotic that the team places inside your infected pockets of plaque to eliminate the infection.
To learn more about periodontics, call Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights or schedule an appointment online today.